The Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) seeks comments and suggestions about a change it is considering to its housing programs. The change concerns our waiting lists.
THA proposes to combine all its waiting lists for THA’s main housing programs. THA has exhausted its waiting list for its rental assistance program called Housing Opportunity Program (HOP). At the same time, thousands of people remain on the waiting list to rent an apartment in one of THA’s properties. These properties are either public housing or have project-based vouchers. Under this proposal, THA would not reopen its HOP waiting list. Instead, it will give the applicants from its property lists a chance to get HOP rental assistance. They would also stay on the combined waiting list for an apartment. This means THA will use a single waiting list for the following programs: HOP, THA-administered project based vouchers (PBV), and public housing (PH) programs. HUD regulations allow this: 24 CFR § 982.205.
This change to one waiting list would serve two purposes. First, and more importantly, it would assist applicants who have been on THA waiting lists for many years. Second, it would get THA’s HOP rental assistance flowing fast without having to reopen the waiting list.
As part of this change, THA would amend its Administrative Plan to state that THA will only “purge” or update its waiting lists as needed. This plan currently states that THA will update the waiting lists annually. This is not always necessary.
These changes would show in THA’s Administrative Plan and Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP). We warmly welcome your comments and suggestions. Please send them to us by December 2, 2017; 5:00 p.m. You can do that by email, mail or telephone to:
Tacoma Housing Authority
902 S L Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
THA will hold a public hearing to listen to your comments. This meeting will be held on November 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm at Bay Terrace, 2550 South G. Street in Tacoma.
THA’s Board of Commissioners will consider these changes on December 13, 2017; 4:45 PM at Bay Terrace, 2550 South G. Street in Tacoma. You are also welcome to attend and comment then.