Individuals and families with limited incomes who need help paying their rent can apply online to be added to the Section 8 rent assistance waiting list from Nov. 1-10.  Home Forward, the agency that administers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program in Multnomah County, will add 3,000 households randomly selected from the application to the Section 8 waiting list. 

Once a household is on the list, priority selection is given to seniors, the disabled and people who are working or involved in education or training programs.

Applications for the Section 8 program were last accepted in 2006, and the agency was flooded with 10,000 applications in two weeks. The program helps eligible low-income renters afford homes and apartments at normal market rents, and now helps about 8,700 households in Multnomah County.

“We expect demand to be especially high this year, given the state of the economy and rising rents in the Portland metro area,” Steve Rudman, Home Forward's executive director.

It's the first time the agency has accepted applications online. Applications are not prioritized by date, so people can apply at any point during the 10-day application period.

Applicants must earn less than 50 percent of the area median income for their household size, or $25,550 for a single individual and $36,500 for a family of four, to qualify for the program.  Applicants can visit the Home Forward's website at for more information, including eligibility requirements, application guidelines and locations where they can use internet-connected computers. 

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