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Dozens line up for affordable housing voucher lottery in Brighton

BRIGHTON, Colo. -- Dozens of people lined up Wednesday morning hoping to get an affordable housing voucher.

Some arrived as early as 5 a.m. and one woman said she got in line at 8 p.m. Tuesday. People said they weren't taking any chances because they have been living in their car for years.

The last time a similar affordable housing lottery took place, it was in Denver when there 22,000 applicants and only 1,000 affordable apartments available.

While most people were trying to get a decent lottery number, other resources were offered to the general public such as health care and education assistance.

A few of the representatives are Adams County Health and Human Services, Front Range Community College, Walgreens for flu shots, Platte Valley Medical Center, and Adams County Work Force and Business Center.

Housing authority officials said they are expecting close to 700 people to line up to get their voucher number.

The applicant assistance fair is open to the public at the Armory Performing Arts Center at 300 Strong St. until 5 p.m.

This is the sixth year the resources are available.