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.
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.
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.
Request for Proposals: Project-Based Vouchers
The Department of Housing Services will accept proposals for Project-Based Voucher projects targeted to Extremely Low Income persons (30% Area Median Income or below). Projects may give a preference to seniors, veterans, and/or homeless. Proposals must be received by Washington County Purchasing Division by 3:00pm on August 7, 2015. Complete details are available in the RFP package.
Property Tax Exemption for Low Income Housing
Non-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.