Sign ups for Baltimore's Section 8 housing voucher wait list have ended until 2020 with nearly 74,000 applicants vying for a spot on the register.
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City will use a lottery to randomly select 25,000 applicants for the list. Only 6,000 to 9,000 are expected to receive a voucher.
A nine-day, online only sign up period for the wait list lottery closed at midnight Thursday. It was the first time in a decade residents could sign up for the vouchers, which cover the portion of rent that exceeds 30 percent of a household's income.
Residents will learn by March 1 whether they were selected for the wait list. Those who are selected for the list will then receive information on how to complete a full application.
To create the wait list, the housing authority will divide the applications into groups: Families with children, elderly, disabled individuals and other families, including single adults who earn about $45,000 a year or less. Spots on the register will be allocated in proportion to the number of applications that were submitted by members of each group.
About 1,000 to 1,500 vouchers become available each year through attrition.
The list isn't expected to reopen again for another six years.