VHDA AND CLINCH VALLEY COMMUNITY ACTION OPENING THE WAITING LIST TO ACCEPT HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER APPLICATIONS The Virginia Housing Development Authority and Clinch Valley Community Action, Inc. (Clinch Valley) will open the online Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List on January 20, 2016, for Russell and Tazewell counties. The program will be taking applications from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. VHDA is one of 38 housing agencies across the state that administers the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program. VHDA administers more than 9,600 vouchers in Virginia that do not have a local housing agency. VHDA works with a network of 31 local agencies to run the day-to-day operations of the program. These agencies have a separate waiting list for each of their waiting list areas. Clinch Valley administers the voucher program in Russell and Tazewell counties (defined as the waiting list area). Applications are accepted from everyone; but all VHDA local housing agencies have a residency preference. Therefore, applicants that live/work in the waiting list area or have been notified to work in the waiting list area will be placed on the waiting list ahead of applicants that live outside of the waiting list area. Applicants who live outside of Russell or Tazewell counties will be placed on the bottom of the waiting list. The online application allows applicants to apply at their convenience from any computer with internet access during the time period that applications will be accepted. The waiting list application is not totally compatible with smart phones, iPhones, BlackBerries, tablets or other personal digital assistant devices. Applicants will be able to apply beginning at 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on January 20th. The website to apply is vhda.apply4housing.com. Applicants submitting their application will receive a confirmation number upon completion of less than 20 questions. Anyone can apply on behalf of another applicant. No applications will be taken by phone, mail or in person. If the applicant is a person with a disability, and they require a specific accommodation in order to apply, please contact the Clinch Valley staff for an appointment during the open enrollment timeframe. For more information about the application process, please contact the Clinch Valley staff at 276-988-5583 for assistance.