DONALDSONVILLE — The city’s Section 8 rental assistance program administrator told city councilmen Tuesday there are no more applicants left on the waiting list for housing assistance, and requested permission to advertise for up to 75 more applicants.
The council voted 4-0 to approve the measure, with Councilman Charles Brown Sr. absent from the meeting.
Roberto Macedo, of Roberto Macedo and Associates, which administers the program, said he is required to publish a call for applicants in the city’s official journal, The Donaldsonville Chief.
“We publish an 800 number and a date and time that people can begin calling to inquire,” he said.
The toll-free number will not be released until it is first published in the official journal, Macedo said, and will be closed once his office receives 75 callers.
“That way, everyone has a fair shot,” he said.
The waiting list is administered on a first-come, first-served basis, Macedo said, and requires an application, state-issued ID and other documentation.
“We will take the first 20 or so callers and develop more information to create the vouchers,” he said.
Those receiving vouchers then have up to 120 days, including two extensions, to find accommodations based on family size, Macedo said. Once that is complete, they will be placed in the program and receive rental assistance.
City Attorney Chuck Long questioned if the vouchers for Donaldsonville residents who later find housing in another state will still be administered by the city.
Macedo replied that if the family finds housing in which the rent “puts a strain” on the program’s budget, that voucher can transfer to the new location’s program.
The Section 8 program is funded fully through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Macedo said.
In other matters, Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. told the council the city has signed an agreement with People’s Water Co. to keep confidential any negotiations about possibly purchasing the water company.
The Ascension Parish Government also has expressed interest in purchasing the company, which provides potable water primarily to the city limits.