According to the Contra Costa Times, 40,000 families swamped the county Housing Authority, begging for entrance into the county's Section 8 affordable housing program. That's twice what county officials expected. This is the first time the Housing Authority has accepted new applicants for the program in seven years. Next step: a random lottery will narrow the field down to 7,000 families, which will be ranked based on a variety of needs. How many Section 8 vouchers are actually available? That would be 341.