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Waiting list for Section 8 housing opens in Brunswick County

Placement on the Section 8 waiting list does not guarantee a household will receive a voucher. (Courtesy photo)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Starting next month, a neighboring county will use an online lottery system to register and select individuals to be waitlisted for low-income housing.

The Brunswick County Public Housing Agency is opening its list for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers on Monday, March 11; it will close Monday, March 25. The online registration to help avoid long lines and provide equal opportunity for all applicants, according to a county release.

Section 8 is a federal program to provide safe and affordable housing in the private rental market. Participants pay approximately 30% of their gross income to their landlords; Brunswick County Public Housing Authority (BCPHA) pays the balance directly to the landlord.

Eligible households:

  • Must not exceed current very low-income limits.
  • Members must be 18 years old and over and clear a criminal background check; drug-related or violent criminal activity in the past three years could lead to ineligibility.
  • Must not owe a debt to BCPHA or any other housing authority.
  • Must not have any previous terminations within the past three years from any HUD-assisted housing such as Section 8 or Public Housing.

The online lottery is accessible here.

Anyone without access to a computer can pick up a paper application at the Brunswick County Social Services Building (Building B), 60 Government Center Dr., in the lobby. To have one mailed, call 910-253-2222. The paper document must be returned no later than 5 p.m. on March 25.  

Once applications close, a random computer draw will select 250 entries and place the names on the waiting list. Recipients will be notified via mail from Brunswick County. Duplicate entries are eliminated; each household member aged 18 or older may submit.

Placement on the waiting list does not guarantee a household will receive a voucher. As they become available, names are taken from the top of the waiting list. Interviews are part of the criteria to see if applicants are qualified.

Learn more here.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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