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Section 8 list closed

The San Antonio Housing Authority has again closed its Section 8 waiting list. After a two-year freeze, the list opened at the beginning of May and closed June 30, with more than 10,000 applicants.

SAHA's Housing Choice Vouchers provides 11,000 low-income families and individuals with Section 8 vouchers funded by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development, which are used to pay a percentage of the holder's rent. `See "SAHA opens its Section 8 waiting list" May 12-18, 2005, "A hard rain is gonna fall," May 18-24, 2005`.

Depending on how quickly current voucher holders transition out of Section 8, it may take an average of two years for a wait-listed applicant to receive a voucher; in that time, many will find other housing or experience a change of income that disqualifies them from Section 8.

- Susan Pagani

African-American panel to address issues

Although African Americans comprise only 7 percent of San Antonio's population, they face daunting economic challenges, especially on the neglected East Side. To address the concerns of African Americans, the Jefferson Heights Association is sponsoring an economic roundtable, "The Status and State of the African American in San Antonio" at Our Lady of Charity Convent, 210-1 Grimes, July 29, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.

- Nicole Chavez

County employees to go on diet

Methodist Healthcare spokesman Geoffrey Crabtree visited Bexar County Commissioners last week to urge them to join a fitness program that will be offered to county employees.

Gold's and Spectrum gyms have offered county workers a chance to join a club and get fit, and Methodist health-care workers plan to screen employees for hypertension, diabetes, and other obesity-related health problems.

Methodist Healthcare will provide a private weigh-in and incentives for lost pounds and issue weight-loss journals. "The increased productivity is quantifiable," says Commissioner Lyle Larson. When Methodist employees approached him and other commissioners with promotional T-shirts, the truth came out: "I don't think any of us will fit into a medium."

- Michael Cary

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