PORTLAND - Hundreds lined up Tuesday to get on waiting lists for low-income housing in Portland.
It's been a year since New Columbia accepted applications for federally subsidized, project-based Section 8 and Public Housing for those who qualify. Applicants for these programs will be eligible to reside at New Columbia only.
Some started getting in line at 6 p.m. Monday. The housing agency will be collecting applications through Thursday, June 28. Housing officials are also taking assistance payments applications for a renter that pays about 30-percent of their income to housing.
"I have not had a stable place to live in months,” Octavia McKinney said. “I'm a mother, domestic violence survivor and I need a place and I'm willing to do whatever it takes." About 2,000 applications are expected to come in over the next three days.
Applications are given priority based on a person's health, age, work, income and when their paperwork was turned in. People who want to apply online can do so on the HomeForward website.
(KGW reporter Collette Wieland contributed to this report.)