Camping Out for Housing

The village has not opened up the list for new applicants since 1999.

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    They camped out for a chance at a home.

    Throngs of low-income residents camped out in the rain last night for a chance to put a roof over their heads.

    They lined up outside of the Park Forest police station for a chance to be among the first to fill out a housing application for the village’s housing choice voucher program, which used to be known as section 8.

    Just 250 applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Fifty applicants will be chosen for the final wait list, Park Forest Mayor John Ostenburg said. The village has not opened up the list for new applicants since 1999, he said.

    "There are a lot of people who are looking for it," Ostenburg told the Chicago Breaking News Center. The line of potential applicants "is sort of an indication of where things are today with the economy."