Over 45 years of providing and developing affordable housing opportunities in Washington County.
Begun in 1970 with the creation of the Housing Authority of Washington County, the effort continues today in the Department of Housing Services (DHS). The Department of Housing Services was formed in 1992 to administer housing activities and programs of the County and the Housing Authority. The Housing Authority remains a separate legal entity and contracts with the County to implement and administer Housing Authority programs and all support services (e.g. finance, purchasing, and personnel).
The mission of the Department of Housing Services is to provide affordable housing opportunities to help break the cycle of poverty and improve the quality of life in our community.
Working in partnership with both the non-profit and the private sector, the Department of Housing Services combines traditional housing programs with economic opportunity to encourage self sufficiency, skill enhancement and independence.
The DHS offers rental assistance to low income households through various federally funded programs, and also creates affordable housing opportunities in the community for low and moderate income households through a combination of creative financing and partnerships with public and private entities.
Additionally, the DHS is the lead agency for A Road Home: Washington County's Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.
The Department of Housing Services will be closed:
- Thursday, November 24, 2016 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Please note that the office will be open Friday, November 25, 2016, with limited staff.
- Monday, December 26, 2016 in observance of the Christmas holiday.
- Monday, January 2, 2017 in observance of the New Year holiday.
Please plan your visits to our office accordingly. Thank you!
Looking for Information about Sunset View Apartments?
Sunset View is a new 236-unit affordable housing development located in Beaverton, Oregon near the Aloha Costco.
The Project-Based Voucher Waiting List for Sunset View Apartments closed effective October 28, 2016. Applications for Project-Based Vouchers at Sunset View received or postmarked after October 28, 2016 will not be accepted.
Waiting List Status
Vouchers and Public Housing
Pre-applications for the Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs are no longer being accepted. Households who submitted applications can check their status at www.waitlistcheck.com or by calling 855-868-6507. More information is available here.
Applications for Project-Based Vouchers are currently being accepted. To apply, download the application. Please be aware that applicants who have already applied for the Housing Choice Voucher or Public Housing may also apply for Project-Based Vouchers. A list of the Project-Based Voucher sites is available here.
If you are a current applicant and need to update your information, complete an Update Application.
For more information...
Visit our Applicants and Waiting Lists page.
Electronic Payment Options for Landlords and Program Participants
Tired of dealing with Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) checks or Utility Reimbursement Payment (URP) checks? We offer two options for electronic payment - Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and ReliaCard.
Electronic Funds Transfer
ReliaCard is a benefit card that functions like a debit card. It is loaded automatically each time you receive a payment. For more information, please read the ReliaCard Frequently Asked Questions or ReliaCard Flyer. To request ReliaCard payments, complete the ReliaCard application and email it back to us.
If you have questions about either payment method, please send an email to our EFT Contact.
Property Tax Exemption for Low Income HousingNon-profits and charitable organizations that hold low-income housing may now apply for a property tax exemption. Applications must be completed and turned in to the Department of Assessment and Taxation for consideration.
Need to contact someone?
See our Contact List for the most recent caseload assignments and links to e-mail staff.
Frequently Requested Items:
Application for Rental Assistance * Update Application Form * Shelter Resources * Find Rental Housing * Utility Allowance Schedule * Landlord Handbook * Contact List * Resident Newsletter * Maintenance Request (Public Housing Residents) *
Equal Housing Opportunity
Housing opportunities described on any portion of this website are provided regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, mental or physical disability, source of income, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, type of occupation, ethnicity, ancestry, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.