Section 8 housing assistance opens up for first time since 2008

Saturday, November 6, 2010 | 4:42 p.m. CDT; updated 6:09 p.m. CST, Sunday, November 7, 2010

COLUMBIA — On Friday afternoon, Helen Nickens walked into the Blind Boone Center to apply for Columbia’s Section 8 housing. After turning in her paperwork a little after the 2 p.m. deadline, Nickens sounded relieved.