Public Housing Backlog

All waiting lists for public housing in Meridian are now closed.

Meridian Housing Authority officials say the demand for public housing in Meridian is staggering.

'We're not taking applications for any bedroom size right now. It closed on April 4th. We had so many applicants that we just had to close the waiting lists.'

Jill Walker is the Tenant Selection and Section 8 Manager for the Meridian Housing Authority. She estimates that there are currently more than 1100 people on waiting lists.

According to Walker, the MHA developments that were recently renovated, such as Carousel Place and Frank Berry Courts, are not the developments with lists that her office has closed. Instead, the waiting lists she's referring to are for MHA's other developments. Those waiting lists were closed in April.

'Our policy states that we try not to have more people than we can serve within a 12-month, or one year period,' says Walker.

The twelve developments that the Meridian Housing Authority owns consist of more than 1200 apartments. Of those, there are currently only 13 vacancies.

'When they apply we tell them it could take six months to a year. There is a need. There's a desperate need for housing,' says Walker.

Last year officials with the Meridian Housing Authority say there was about a 25% increase in demand for public housing within the city.

As for the waiting lists that have closed, next week three of those lists will reopen. The lists for the three, four and five bedroom units will reopen Wednesday, June 27th for people who qualify. Currently, there's no word on when waiting lists for the one and two bedroom apartments will reopen.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 24, 2012 at 07:20 AM
    I work with the school system as an assistant teacher and don't get paid duting the summer and can't hardly get any help because I will be going back to work in August. No unemployment have to go two months without income while trying to feed a family and pay bills. Something is wrong here. These people can get all the help and the working person cannot get help. Something is wrong with this. This needs to be fixed. These people need work like I do. I try to make ends meet and can't. What do you tell your child when you have done all that you can do while some people who does not work get all the breaks?
  • by Upset on Jun 23, 2012 at 07:30 PM
    I agree the working people can't get help but if you stay in the system & don't work you will get the help!!! Some people choose not to get out of the projects cause they are like why should I have everything I need & don't work!!!!
  • by Toni on Jun 22, 2012 at 10:01 PM
    Well apparently im doing the wrong thing also I have four kids and not able to find a job and not able to find anything nice in Meridian for a reasonable price or where the crime isn't so high lets talk about some real issues like taking the gang crimes out of Meridian bringing jobs to Meridian making some people stop abusing the system!!!!!!!!
  • by Anon Location: Lauderdale on Jun 22, 2012 at 03:38 PM
    It's really a backwards economy when people that can't afford to take care of their families can get a 3,4, or 5 bedroom new apartment but a working man and woman dream of having something that nice and can't afford it. It seems like if you want something nice you come out better having alot of kids and don't work. The government definately takes care of you. I've seen people in front of me at the grocery store buying food to eat that I can't even afford to buy then go out and get in a BMW. I'm doing the wrong thing by working.
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      by You said it on Jun 23, 2012 at 06:12 AM in reply to Anon
      AMEN AMEN AMEN!!!!!!! Don't forget that with free housing comes free utilities, medicaid(care) and food stamps. The kids can come to school with $200 shoes and phones but refuse to bring paper or pencil.
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        by Not Surprised on Jun 28, 2012 at 10:42 AM in reply to You said it
        And now we will be working to provide even more of the moochers health care, thanks for nothing Supreme Court!!!
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