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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The waiting line for Section 8 housing in Grand Rapids will be online this year.

The city housing commission announced that those waiting to receive the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher can apply online starting on May 12. The online applications will be available through May 16. Applications will also be accepted by phone.

In past years, lines would be quite long through the week of the application process. All applications will be done either online or by phone and there will be no paper applications.

After the applications are processed, the Grand Rapids Housing Commissionwill draw 4,000 names by computerized random lottery for the waiting list for the vouchers. The commission is working with community agencies to reach those without computer or phone equipment and speak languages other than English or Spanish.

Anyone applying does need to have their Social Security number available when applying.

To apply online, starting May 12, go to www.grhclist.org. To apply by phone, call 616-288-1150, starting May 12, between 9:00am and 5:00pm.

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