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More than 550 people sign up for Section 8 Housing Tuesday

Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 5:34 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - A line of people hoping to qualify for help paying for a place to live went from the building’s entrance all around the parking lot and back to the driveway where cars enter.

Valentine Hardy says she arrived at 5:30 a.m. to get in line and was the 28th person to be served.

“It’s been a rough life for everybody because of the storms, the hurricanes and stuff like that,” Hardy said. “And it’s a lot of people who have been homeless like myself. So, I’m really thankful these people is opening up a list to give us homes.”

David Benoit says he’s disabled since having a stroke and now needs help.

“I was employed but my stroke happened, and I went to live with my sister,” Benoit said. “But since the hurricane, she put me out to take her own children in.”

And Delisa Gauthier says as a single mother of four children, she can’t pay the going rate.

“I don’t have a thousand dollars to be giving somebody every month - like no,” Gauthier said.

Eighty-year-old Theresa Richard has a home but is an advocate for the neighborhood.

“I see people crying. I see people begging for help to hurry up and get service. People are coming all day long. Everybody needs housing,” Richard said.

Richard says more one-bedroom apartments are needed for senior citizens. She says her goal is to help the community.

The chance to get on the waiting list today ended at 3 p.m. Tuesday. But it will continue from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday and Thursday at the Allen P. August Multipurpose Annex at 2000 Moeling St. in Lake Charles.

Parish officials said 566 people signed up to be put on the waiting list Tuesday.

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