Police barricades outside Atlantic City Housing Authority building
Sarah Watson

All entrances to the Atlantic City Housing Authority and its parking lot at 901 Arctic Avenue are blocked by police barricades or yellow caution tape in anticipation of a large crowd that may assemble to apply for the wait list for Section 8 housing vouchers.

The last time the housing authority opened the waitlist in October 2008, nearly 500 people swamped the area, with many waiting hours before being turned away. The list then had only 150 slots. Protests erupted, with about 25 people even marching to City Hall.

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The authority will be accepting only 300 applications to the Section 8 housing voucher wait list starting at 10 a.m. The waitlist will be open through Thursday, June 24 at 8 p.m., or until all slots are filled.

At about 8 a.m., the area around the authority was quiet. Only a handful of people were waiting in cars or at a small grocery store nearby. A security guard, who declined comment, was overheard telling a man that he expected many more people to be waiting.

This year, though, all housing applications must be completed online and no applications will be accepted before 10 a.m., according to a flier on the Atlantic City Housing Authority website.

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