2015 marks 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.
Need Health Insurance Coverage? Open Enrollment Ends 01/31/2016
The Open Enrollment period for Obamacare health insurance in 2016 is November 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016.
If you miss this window you cannot enroll until the Marketplace re-opens in November 2016 unless you have a special “life event” such as having a baby or losing your job. This is designed to prevent people from taking advantage of the system by enrolling and dropping insurance multiple times a year when they only get sick.
If you don’t enroll in Obamacare in 2016, you’ll be fined 2.5% of your income or $695 per adult, whichever is higher.
Individuals and children living in poverty can enroll at anytime in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). There is no enrollment period for these programs, but there are income restrictions and other qualifiers.
To apply, visit Healthcare Marketplace.
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 Funds Transfers and Reliacard Now Available for Landlords and Program Participants
Tired of dealing with Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) checks or Utility Reimbursement Payment (URP) checks? You may now request to be paid via Electronic Funds Transfer or Reliacard.
Reliacard is a pre-paid debit card. Payments are loaded to the card monthly. For details, read the Reliacard Info Sheet. To apply for Reliacard, complete the Reliacard application and e-mail 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.