04/04/2012 03:49 pm ET

Thousands Sign Up for Arlington County Housing Aid

Arlington County opened its waiting list for Section 8 housing assistance for the first time in seven years on Tuesday and received thousands of pre-applications.

Section 8 provides rental subsidies from the federal government to households considered to be low- or very low-income. Because Arlington does not have public housing, and therefore no traditional housing authority, the county government administers the program.

About 1,400 families are enrolled in the program, said Kurt Larrick, spokesman for the county's Department of Human Services.

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