Eight months pregnant and living in a West Baltimore emergency shelter, Juliet Vega and her little girls have moved three times in as many months. Now, the young mother sees opportunity in the city's first housing lottery in a decade.
She's not alone. In less than a week, more than 58,000 people have signed up for a chance to be randomly selected for a spot on the Housing Authority of Baltimore City's Section 8 wait list. Only 25,000 will be chosen, and then only 6,000 to 9,000 are expected to receive one of the housing vouchers.
The nine-day, online only sign-up period ends Thursday. Then, the wait list will close for another six years.
The intense interest not only...