Q1. How can I submit an Application?
Answer:The Waiting List for applications for the lottery will open August 7, 2019 and will close August 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
Q2. When will the lottery take place?
Answer:The upcoming YMHA HCVP lottery will begin accepting applications at 12:01 A.M. on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Applications will be accepted 24-hours a day through Friday, August 16, 2019 at 5:00 P.M.
Q3. Can I enter the lottery if I was terminated or withdrawn from the Program before?
Answer: Yes. If you are one of the lottery winners your name will be placed on the waiting list and your eligibility will be determined at the initial interview, once your name reaches the top of the waiting list.
Q4. If I have a job, can I still enter the lottery?
Answer: Yes. You can be employed and enter the lottery.
Q5. Can a public housing resident apply for the HCVP?
Answer: Yes, a public housing resident can enter the lottery for a place on the HCVP waiting list. They will have an equal chance of being pulled in the lottery for the waiting list as all other entrants. Once on the waiting list, a public housing resident is subject to the same qualifications as anyone else on the waiting list.
Q6. If I don’t live in Mahoning County can I enter the lottery?
Answer: Yes. Residency in Mahoning County is not required for entry in the lottery or eligibility in the HCVP. However, those who are not already residents must lease a unit in Mahoning County for the first year they are in the Program.
Q7. Can I submit a paper application for the lottery?
Answer: No. Only electronic applications will be accepted.
Q8. What if I don’t own a computer?
Answer: A family does not need to own a computer to submit an application. Any computer with Internet access can be used, whether it belongs to a relative, friend, or caseworker. You can also use any available computer at public locations such as public libraries.
Q9. Will my lottery application qualify me for the Program?
Answer: No. After the lottery closes, the HCVP will conduct a random computer draw of all entries and place them on the waiting list. As vouchers become available, names will be taken from the top of the waiting list and interviews will be scheduled to determine a family’s eligibility for the Program.
Q10. How many entries can I submit?
Answer: Only one entry will be accepted per entrant.
Q11. What happens if I go online to submit an application before August 7, 2019 at 12:01 A.M
Answer:You can visit the website for helpful information, but the entry form will not be available for completion and submission until 12:01 am August 7, 2019.
Q12. Does it matter when I enter the lottery?
|No. The order in which entries are received will not affect your chance to be selected for the waiting list or your placement on it. Every completed entry submitted according to the website’s instructions will be entered into the lottery. Selection will be based on a random computerized drawing so all applicants have an equal chance of being selected for the list.
Q13. What information will I need to complete my entry?
|Lottery entrants will need to provide their date of birth, social security number, address and general income information on the entry forms. It will also be helpful to include the date of birth and social security number and income information for other household members.
14. How long will it take to complete the entry form?
|Approximately 5 – 15 minutes, depending on the number of family members in the household.
Q15. Does my entry guarantee me a place on the voucher waiting list?
|No. Your entry is for a chance to be placed on the waiting list if that entry is pulled in the random computer drawing.
Q16. Are there any other housing waiting lists open at YMHA?
Answer: Yes, the Low Income Public Housing waiting list remains open.
Q17. How can a person apply for public housing?
Answer:A pre-application can be submitted by visiting YMHA’s Central Office or any of the remote sites.
Q18. What happens if I need help submitting my application?
Answer:Technical assistance is available by calling YMHA at 330-742-1437.
Q19. What happens if I’m trying to enter the lottery and I’m a senior?
Answer:Seniors may submit an on-line entry, like anyone else. But if a senior needs assistance, they can call the HCV Waiting List Lottery phone line at 330-742-1437, and assistance will be provided.
Q20. What happens if I’m trying to enter the lottery and I’m a person with a disability?
Answer:Persons with disabilities may submit an on-line entry, like anyone else. But if a person with a disability needs assistance, they can call the HCV Waiting List Lottery phone line at 330-742-1437, and assistance will be provided. Persons with hearing disabilities can obtain additional assistance through the Ohio Relay line.
Q21. How will the lottery winners be selected?
Answer: The winners of the lottery will be selected through a random computer draw from among all the entries received while the Waiting List is open.
Q22. How many entries will be picked in the lottery?
Answer:1200 entries will be picked for placement on the waiting list.
Q23. What happens if my entry is picked in the lottery?
The YMHA HCV program will send letters to all of the winning entrants advising them that their names have been placed on the waiting list(s). In addition, lists of the winning confirmation numbers will be posted on the HCV Waiting List Lottery Results
page after October 11, 2019.
Q24. What happens if my entry is not picked as a winner?
Answer:If your entry is not picked in the lottery, your name cannot be placed on the HCV program Waiting List. You are welcome to enter the next lottery when the waitlist opens again.