Fights shut down low-income housing voucher event

Jan 12, 2013

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) - Fights in a line of several thousand people seeking applications to get on a waiting list for housing vouchers in a Detroit area community forced police to cancel the event.

The Taylor Housing Commission says Saturday in a release that upward of 4,000 people arrived ahead of the 9 a.m. start to get Section 8 voucher applications.

Some people began lining up Friday evening at the Taylor Human Services Building, southwest of Detroit.

The Detroit Free Press reports that four people were arrested for disorderly conduct.

Housing Commission executive director John Carter says hundreds of families already are on the waiting list for the vouchers.

The commission provides housing assistance to low-income residents through various programs.

Officials plan to discuss better ways to distribute the applications.