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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