Pilot program aids Section 8 renters

Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 1:00am

After spending years in Section 8 housing, LaShonda Miller now has a place that she and her two daughters can call their own.

U.S. Rep. Bob Clement presented Miller with the key to her new home yesterday at a special gathering that was held to announce the Section 8 to Homeownership program.

Nashville has been selected to test a national pilot program that helps low income, working families move from renting to home ownership. Candidates for the program include those who had been in Section 8 housing, which means their rent was being subsidized through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), but now have chosen to participate in a program that will allow them to use their HUD Section 8 rental assistance vouchers toward home ownership.

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