Housing wait list in Brewer

Posted Jan. 19, 2010, at 7:49 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — The Brewer Housing Authority has suspended taking applications for its public housing program, but has opened its Section 8 waiting list, Executive Director Gordon Stitham said Tuesday.

The waiting list for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s public housing program in Brewer has 275 names, he said.

“We look at the waiting list and see if we need to close it to serve the people on the waiting list sooner,” Stitham said. “On my waiting list, there were about 275 people on it and [more than] 200 are one-bedrooms that are [set aside for] seniors.”

The Brewer Housing Authority’s mission is to provide low-income housing to those who qualify. It owns and operates 154 units, according to its Web site, but has just 32 one-bedroom units.

“Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities,” HUD’s Web site says. “Public housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single-family houses to high-rise apartments for elderly families.”

Approximately 1.2 million homes are public housing units, and are managed by approximately 3,300 housing authorities across the nation.

“We’ll probably leave that one [the HUD program waiting list] closed for a year,” Stitham said.

At the same time the housing authority suspended the public housing program waiting list, it opened the waiting list for Section 8 housing, which is set aside for low-income families, he said.

“I think we have 136 people on that waiting list,” Stitham said. “We only have 133 vouchers, so you need every one of them to move out to serve everyone on that waiting list.”

To qualify for Section 8, annual income for a family of four people cannot exceed $49,300, he said.

For an application, call 989-7890, e-mail bhaintake@aol.com or visit 15 Colonial Circle, Suite 1, Brewer.

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