Glitch causes problems with some Housing Authority rent checks

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ST. THOMAS - An administrative glitch has caused some rent checks issued by the V.I. Housing Authority to be returned for insufficient funds.

"There's no cash flow issue, there's no concern," V.I. Housing Authority Deputy Executive Director Jennifer Westerman said.

She said the problem was an administrative mistake, and does not mean the Housing Choice Voucher Program is out of money.

The checks affected were the monthly checks issued to landlords to subsidize their tenants' rents under the federally funded Housing Choice Voucher Program.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program, formerly known as the Section 8 Program, is designed to help low-income families lease privately owned rental housing through the use of vouchers.

More than 600 checks are issued each month to landlords territorywide, and only about 50 checks were returned, Westerman said.

Landlords have been calling and when they do, a new check is issued, Westerman said.

The authority has been reaching out to landlords as well, she said.

- Contact reporter Aldeth Lewin at 714-9111 or email

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