Joliet public housing applications go online
BY BOB OKON email@example.com July 11, 2013 7:30PM
Updated: August 13, 2013 6:45AM
A couple of hundred people are expected to line up Saturday to sign onto a waiting list for one-bedroom apartments with the Housing Authority of Joliet for what is likely to be the last event of its kind.
Long lines when HAJ opens up its waiting lists are not unusual, but this should be the last one, said Mark Jakielski, chief operating officer for the agency.
HAJ plans to require people to sign up online in the future.
“This is probably the last time that we do a paper application,” Jakielski told the HAJ board Wednesday.
It may be a sign of the times that people who need public assistance to have a roof over their heads would be expected to have access to a computer. But when asked by a reporter about it after the meeting, Jakielski said the question of access has not even come up.
If applicants don’t have their own computers, Jakielski said, “They can go to the library like anyone else.”
Also, he said, HAJ plans to put a computer in the front lobby of its administrative office at 6 S. Broadway St., and applicants can come there.
Besides, Jakielski said, at the last sign-up, lots of people were asking why they could not go online. Four hundred people lined up for that one. Jakielski expects that number to be cut in half this time because online registration will be available on the agency’s website Saturday as well.
None of the housing commissioners questioned the switch to online registration.
Commissioner Ralph Bias questioned why the agency was even holding an hours-long registration event Saturday when only one apartment is currently available.
Registration runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at HAJ’s John C. Murphy Building, 310 N. Joliet St., according to its website. This waiting list is only for people over 50, or individuals with disabilities.
To sign up online, visit www.hajoliet.org.