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LUMBERTON — The Lumberton Housing Authority has relocated its Section 8 program department, according to the authority’s interim executive director.

Lemark Harris said the program will now be administered out of the Buck Hardin building at 613 King St. The program has been operating from the authority’s office in downtown Lumberton on North Chestnut Street.

According to Harris, the decision to move the program is an effort to “streamline operations of the housing authority.”

“Although our waiting list (for Section 8 housing) is closed at this time, the authority wishes to inform current program participants of this move to avoid confusion,” Harris said in a statement issued Thursday.

Kimberly Jones, the authority’s attorney, said that the relocation is in line with the interim director’s attempts to improve the housing authority’s operating efficiency and locate authority programs in a central location..

“He wants everything to operate more efficiently and be more convenient for program participants,” Jones said.

Section 8 housing is a government program to help poor families live in safe and affordable housing. The Lumberton Housing Authority is currently responsible for 563 units that are scattered throughout Robeson County.

Harris is the executive director of the Pembroke Housing Authority, but is helping the Lumberton Housing Authority on an interim basis after the resignation last year of its former director.

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