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WGNO News has new details about a story reported exclusively last weekend.

7-hundred families found out they’d be placed back on the waiting list to receive section-8 housing.

Now leaders with the Housing Authority of New Orleans are trying to help families who were furthest along in the process of securing housing.

Darian Trotter continues our coverage.

The Housing Authority of New Orleans has had a steady stream of clients coming and going.

In some cases, after finding out their newly issued section-8 housing vouchers are being withdrawn, they’ve been devastated.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter asked, “What did they say? They just told me that I gotta wait, I gotta move out the house, and wait for somebody to contact me with more funds but what am I supposed to do until then?” asked an unidentified woman who described herself as a voucher holder.

Friday, WGNO News reported exclusive details about letters mailed to 7-hundred voucher holders.

HANOIn them, HANO explained a number of circumstances, including an over subscription of vouchers and budget cuts are causing recently issued vouchers to be withdrawn effective immediately; because HANO does not have sufficient federal funds to subsidize new housing at the current time, or the near future.

“And I got three children, I done bought furniture for the house and everything,” an unidentified single mother said.

This week, those families are in a bind, because a number of them were about to move into their own home.

The single mother said, “They got me stressed out.” “This my first time getting a voucher now y’all want to take it back.” “Like seriously!” “They did the inspection and everything.” “The only thing I had to do was contract signing and move me in the house. I got the keys, I got everything.”

Now families who received a letter of withdrawal will go back on the waiting list.

HANO Administrative Receiver, David Gilmore says there’s an important footnote.

“No current voucher holders are going to lose their assistance,” Gilmore said. “Nobody needs to worry about that and there are 17-thousand of them out there in New Orleans.”

But calls into the WGNO newsroom suggest that is not entirely so.

It’s why the unidentified voucher holder was shedding real tears.

She said, “Six months I have been in the house and now I gotta move out that’s not fair, it’s not fair.”

After six years on the waiting list, the mother of three says going back on the list means going back to sleeping where ever she can.

“That’s like I’m homeless, going from house to house.” “I need my own house.”

Gilmore says the situation has become dire for potential renters because a number of landlords violated HANO rules by allowing families to move-in before they were supposed to.

Under HANO rules all move-ins are subject to inspections and signed contracts.

Gilmore says the agency is in the process of working on a case-by-case basis with families who followed the rules and were steps away from moving into their home.

Others will be placed back on the waiting list in their original order.

HANO says they will however be first to come off the list when additional funding is available.

Some housing hopefuls are about to get some unpleasant news.

After long waits, and finally receiving Section 8 housing vouchers, hundreds of families will soon find out they’re being placed back on the waiting list.

Darian Trotter reports on the exclusive details.

“No it don’t surprise me,” tenant Keanca Doucet said. “Nothing surprises me that goes on back here with HANO; nothing.”

She’s frustrated, to say the least, with the Housing Authority of New Orleans.

And given HANO’s recent move she can expect company.

More than 700 families who’ve recently received Section 8 housing vouchers are finding out that they will have to get back in line and wait all over again.

How could this happen? “It’s because of budget cuts and because HANO is currently not able to subsidize those vouchers,” HANO Public Information Officer Leslie Thomas said.

HANOIn a letter being mailed to applicants this weekend, HANO explains a number of circumstances, including an over subscription of vouchers and budget cuts are causing recently issued vouchers to be withdrawn effective immediately.

HANO does not have sufficient federal funds to subsidize additional apartments; at the current time, or the near future.

“It’s important for me to say the 17,000, plus families who are on the Section 8 program that are currently being assisted and currently have subsidized vouchers are not being effected in any way,” Thomas explained.

In other words, only the 700 families who were in the process of finally finding Section 8 housing will have to be placed back on the waiting list in their original order.

WGNO News has learned some of the applicants had been waiting for as long as 4 years.

“I think it’s wrong, just like I said the first time,” HANO voucher holder Doris Dawson said. “That’s not right at all, you know, “What are those people going to do?”

Back at the soon to be demolished Iberville Housing Projects, help from HANO to move out has been slow.

Remaining families have to be out by April 5th.

Trotter asked, “What are you going to do? Aint nothing to do but wait,” Doucet said. “They have to put me out cuz I ain’t leaving; I don’t have no money.”

WGNO News has learned families already receiving assistance take priority.

“We have to wait, so they have to wait.”

In the letter applicants will receive between Saturday and Monday — HANO apologizes for any disruption or disappointment the withdrawal will cause.

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