Danville Housing Authority to open waiting list

Danville Housing Authority to open waiting list

DANVILLE — In April, the Danville Housing Authority's waiting list for family public housing units reached a total of 600 applicants, more than all the authority's public housing units combined, so the agency closed that list to new applications.

Later this month, the housing authority will re-open the family list, according to Greg Hilleary, director of DHA. Hilleary said Thursday he didn't know the number on the wait list currently, but staff handling it had indicated it was low enough to re-open.

The DHA will begin accepting applications July 29 for applicants who qualify for two, three, four and five-bedroom apartments in the family apartment developments, which include the Fair Oaks complex at 1607 Clyman Lane and Beeler Terrace at 431 E. Williams St. Hilleary said the wait list that's re-opening is only for public housing units and does not include the Section 8 program, in which applicants find rental housing in the private market and receive a government subsidy toward rent.

The housing authority's wait lists for senior citizens and disabled individuals at Churchill Towers, MerChe Manor and Madison Court have been open and will continue to accept applications, according to the DHA. And all of the DHA wait lists are open to military veterans.

In the application process, the housing authority awards preference points to military veterans, individuals who live or work, or have been hired to work, in Vermilion County or attend school in the county and to persons who have been displaced by a disaster.

Hilleary said there's truly a need for assisted housing.

"We are constantly getting phone calls, asking 'Are you accepting applications,' " he said.

Although the wait list is going to re-opened to applicants, it doesn't mean the authority will have available units to house everyone who applies right away. Hilleary said the agency does have some vacant family units. He said DHA has had several residents move out this spring — some on their own and some not by their choice. He said DHA recently changed its property management staff, who are enforcing rules in the lease that are very explicit on what residents can and cannot do.

"Some folks have trouble following the rules," he said.

Applications will be available in the lobby of the DHA main office at 1607 Clyman Lane, Danville, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. And at 9 a.m. July 29, the housing authority will begin accepting those applications, which may also be printed from the DHA's website at: http://www.danvilleha.org. Anyone who requires assistance with completing the form, or has questions about the application process, may contact DHA Occupancy Specialist Temika Williams at 444-3114.