MAMARONECK, N.Y. The Mamaroneck Town Board has unanimously accepted the town's Section 8 plan to provide federal assistance for housing.
Every year the board is required to hold a public hearing to review the Section 8 program. On Wednesday night, Anna Danoy, Mamaroneck's director of community service, outlined the program for the board.
We are trying to make housing in our community more affordable, she said. We want to help people transition to housing areas with better schools and job opportunities.
The plan allows individuals and families to apply for vouchers to pay for rent and utilities, Danoy said. "There is a waiting list of over 1,000 people," she said. The town gives preference to people who work in the town or either of the villages, those 62 and older, people with disabilities, veterans, victims of domestic violence and working families whose income is less that 30 percent of the median for Westchester County, which is now $53,950, according to the Town website.
Section 8 is managed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and run through many programs, the biggest of which is the Housing Choice Voucher program, Dano said.
The goals are to maintain our open status, meaning we can keep accepting applications from different groups of people, said Danoy.
For more information or to apply, go to the Town Center, 740 W. Boston Post Road. You can also call the Town Center at 914-381-7870 and ask for Anna Danoy.
The next Town Board meeting is on Oct. 17 at 8 p.m.
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