COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - Time is running out for many people seeking housing assistance in the capital city.
The Columbia Housing Authority will no longer accept public housing applications after 5:00 pm this Friday, November 6, 2013.
"We will not be able to help them out in any way. What we're going to be doing is any vacancies we have in our inventory, we are going to take people off of the waiting list," said Nancy Stoudenmire, Director of Human Resources and Planning with the Columbia Housing Authority.
The shutdown stems from not having enough units available, making this the first time CHA has had to reject applications since its opening in 1934.
The announcement was first made on November 1st, 2013, with more than 8,000 applicants already on the waiting list.
Since then, Stoudenmire says they've received 500 applications and anticipate more before the Friday deadline.
Stoudenmire adds that on average, a family in need of assistance will have to wait for at least four years before a vacant home becomes available.
For those who are already seeking housing through the CHA, they will not be affected by the shutdown.
A sign outside the CHA window says a public notice will be issued when the waiting list is reopened.
If you are unable to make it to a CHA location, you can also apply online up until the deadline at www.CHASC.org
CHA serves all of Richland County providing 2,200 public housing units.