Turnaround In LHA Policy?

Lakewood Housing Authority tlsJUST IN: TLS spoke with Township Committeeman Ray Coles a short time ago who confirmed that the Lakewood Housing Authority will accept applications for Section 8 rental assistance from households listing their adult children even if those adult children file their own separate applications to the LHA.

Ray Coles reported this change in LHA policy during a meeting held yesterday about this issue. 
This is a reversal of the LHA’s prior written position, as reported HERE. 
Our readers are cautioned to clarify and verify the latest LHA policy for themselves by calling the LHA at 732-364-1300, or Committeeman Ray Coles at the Township at 732-364-2500.

Coles also noted in regards to applications sent in error or to the wrong address – which initally would invalidate the application – that a second application would now be allowed to be submitted.

Today, November 3rd , is the last day to mail applications to the LHA. Applications may not be postmarked after November 3rd.

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  1. To give out the wrong information for 15 and 1/2 days out of the 16-day application intake period (October 19 to November 3), and the correct information at the last minute is outrageous. For my adult children it comes too late. Why the last minute flip-flop? Why wasn’t the correct information shared from the beginning?

    If there was an intent to keep out thousands of eligible applications, this is surely how it would be done.

    Can they get away with it?

  2. Frankly, so long as the LHA did not yet hold its lottery (scheduled for November 10 as advertised) there is time to fix all the problems. LHA should advertise a one or two week filing extension (again by mail) and clarify its policy on adult children applications.

    That will ensure that everyone gets an equal opportunity to submit, without hurting those who already filed. The LHA and the Township Committee should get together to resolve this issue without all this unnecessary finger-pointing.

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