Why did the City choose to do a lottery selection, and not a first come-first serve selection?

There were a number of concerns raised by about the fairness of a first-come first-served selection process. Those who were more computer savvy and have access to fast internet would be greatly advantaged by an online application in which funds were awarded first come first served. Therefore, the City reconciled these concerns by still rewarding the first “bloc” of applicants (successful applicants all are selected from an applicant pool of those who submit within the first month), but taking the “first” pressure off a system which rewards those who click submit first.

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