Hundreds Line Up in Midland to Sign Up for Federal Housing

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Hundreds of people showed up in Midland on Friday morning hoping to find a cheap place to live.

They all lined up outside of the Midland County Housing Authority.

They even wrapped around the building.

These families were all trying to get on the waiting list for federal housing.

The list was closed about two years ago because of the oil boom and lack of housing.

There were just too many people applying.

Now the Housing Authority has the money and spaces available to help a few people out.

The reopened their waiting list on Friday and more people showed up than expected.

"We were overwhelmed with the response to the waiting list opening. We anticipated a large crowd but we did not expect what we found when we drove up to the office this morning. It was a bit overwhelming," Executive Director, Maribel Estrella, said.

In an hour and a half, the Housing Authority accepted around 250 applications.

They tell NewsWest 9, they will only be accepting up to 500.