Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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October 23, 2011

Housing authority accepting applications online

ASHLAND — The Housing Authority of Ashland is going online.

The housing authority announced this week that it is accepting electronic applications.

Housing Authority Director Rick Young said the idea for online applications came from other housing authorities in Kentucky that do the same thing.

The move will mean less paperwork for the housing authority and less wasted paper. The authority had to make many copies of the same application, which is about 12 pages long, he said.

“It’s a lot more efficient and a lot easier to manage,” Young said.

The online application will also be easier to organize. The program prioritizes the applications of those who are, for instance, homeless or have handicaps, because the housing authority gives preference to those people, Young said.

Because the computer program won’t let people proceed until they have filled out all the necessary information, the online application should cut down on the number of people who submit incomplete applications, he said.

As an added feature, the online application program also allows people to track the status of an application, which will keep them more informed and cut down on the number of calls housing authority staff get daily about application statuses, Young said.

The housing authority prefers online applications, but those who cannot fill out an online application can still use the paper form, he said. However, those paper applications will have to be entered into the housing authority’s online system by staff.

Young said those without internet access at their residence can fill out an application and check its status at a local library, so access shouldn’t be a problem.

He said the housing authority has already received about 10 applications through the online system.

The housing authority has an about 97 percent occupancy rate at both Scope Towers and Debord Terrace. There are a few vacancies at Scope Towers building two and about five vacancies at Debord, Young said.

KATIE BRANDENBURG can be reached at kbrandenburg@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.

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