Commissioners were told at their weekly meeting that Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority has reopened several waiting lists that previously had been closed due to a shortage of affordable housing options.
Director Shannon Oury told commissioners that all but one of the department’s waiting list had been reopened. The waiting list for general one-bedroom apartments remains closed because it is still estimated to take about two years to serve all the people currently on the list.
The lists had been closed late last year for the first time in about a decade because of the long waits. Since then, more Section 8 housing vouchers have become available in the community, Oury said.
The news was part of a presentation of the agency’s annual report. The Housing Authority provided housing assistance to about 1,100 families in 2010.