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Norman Housing Authority Not Taking Applications (Feb 21, 2011)

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Citing a long waiting list, the Norman Housing Authority's top official says the agency has stopped taking applications for assistance with housing needs.

The agency's executive director, Karen Canavan, tells The Oklahoman she doesn't want to give anyone false hope that assistance might be provided.

She says about 660 individuals and families are on the agency's waiting list and that they're likely to have to wait at least six months for assistance.

Canavan says the agency receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that allows it to assist 1,186 clients each month.

She says it's typical for a person or family to stop receiving assistance when their financial circumstances improve, but that during the past two years, fewer people are leaving the program.

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