HACEP Decentralizes Public Housing Wait List to Site Based Wait Lists

Low-Income Families Can Now Choose Where They Would Like to Live.

For the first time in the history of the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP), low-income El Pasoans can now choose the affordable housing communities in which they would like to live. This significant operational change is required through HACEP’s conversion from Section 9 Public Housing to Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance through the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program. Previously, public housing applicants applied to a centralized wait list based on bedroom size, and units were offered based on availability rather than preference. Now, future residents can choose among the entire list of HACEP’s affordable housing communities across El Paso that works best for their family.

“Our shift from public housing to multi-family housing will create a lot of benefits for the low-income families we serve now and in the future,” said Gerald Cichon, CEO of HACEP. “Through innovative in-house technology solutions, applicants can now view the average waiting periods for all bedroom sizes at each of our affordable housing communities. This information allows them to make the most informed decisions and is another step in our efforts to provide exceptional service to our customers.”

This week, HACEP will mail approximately 11,000 letters to all of the families currently on the wait list for the Public Housing Program to advise them of the wait list conversion and provide specific instructions on how to select the properties of their choice. In summary, all families with a current public housing application have until March 1, 2015, to complete the Property Selection Form through the HACEP website. Applicants will have the opportunity to select as many properties as they want based on the availability of units that accommodate their family size. Applicants are encouraged to select only the property(ies) they most desire as HACEP will only offer the first available unit. If applicants reject the first offer, then their applications to all of the other properties will be withdrawn. If an applicant does not submit a Property Selection Form by March 1, 2015, HACEP will assume that the applicant no longer needs housing assistance and the original application will be permanently removed from the wait list. Additional instructions are explained in the letter and the full list of properties are available at www.hacep.org.

Please note that the Public Housing wait list continues to remain closed to new applicants due to the pending RAD-related renovations and resident relocations. Applicants who may need additional assistance, including computer access, may contact the HACEP Program Integrity Department at (915) 849-3823.