Applying for Assistance
Current Waiting List Status
Applications are currently being accepted for Project-Based Voucher Rental Assistance. To apply for the Project-Based Voucher program, download an Application for Rental Assistance.
Applicants who have already applied for rental assistance must report changes, in writing, as they occur. To report a change, download the Update Application.
How the Waiting List Works
When an applicant completes an Application for Rental Assistance, the Department of Housing Services (DHS) places the applicant on the waiting list for all types of rental assistance the applicant may qualify for.
The waiting list is ordered by date and time of application. Some programs offer preference placement on the list for people who qualify. For example, the Housing Choice Voucher waiting list gives preference for applicants who qualify for one or more of the following preferences:
Applicant lacks a permanent, fixed, nighttime residence - or - is living in an emergency shelter - or - is living in a place not meant for human habitation (such as a car).
- Victim of Domestic Violence
"Domestic violence'' means actual or threatened physical violence directed against one or more members of the applicant family by a spouse or other member of the applicant's household. The domestic violence must have occurred within the last 12 months, is of a continuing nature, or poses a continuing threat to the applicant.
- Elderly or Disabled on a Fixed Income or No Income
To qualify as Elderly or Disabled on a Fixed Income or No Income, the head of the household or spouse must be at least 62 years of age or a person with disabilities, and at least 75% of the household income must come from fixed sources (Social Security, VA benefits, permanent disability benefits, pensions), or the household must have no source of cash income (not including non-cash benefits such as food stamps).
Single applicants who are disabled or elderly also have preference over single applicants who are not disabled or elderly.
When the applicant's name reaches the top of the waiting list, he or she is offered rental assistance from the program that is available: Public Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, or Project-Based Vouchers.
The applicant may choose to decline the offer and wait for a different program. However, if the applicant declines more than once, the applicant is placed at the bottom of the waiting list for that program.
Your Current Application Status (Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing)
Current applicants on the Housing Choice Voucher and/or Public Housing waiting lists may use our automated system to check their application status:
- Call (503) 846-4794.
- Wait until you hear "Please select from the following options".
- Press 1.
- Wait until you hear "If you have already applied..."
- Press 1.
- Wait until you hear "One moment, please".
- Press 1 for English.
- Enter your Social Security Number.
- The system will read back your Social Security Number. If correct, press 1.
- Enter your Date of Birth in mm/dd/yy format. (Example: January 1, 1950 would be entered as 010150).
- The system should then tell you how many waiting lists you are on and will then tell you the position of your application on those lists.
If the automated system does not provide you with this information, you may:
- Call the Application Hotline at (503) 846-3790 and leave a message with your complete name to receive written confirmation of your position on the waiting list. It will be mailed to the address we have on file for you.
- Or you may visit our office at 111 NE Lincoln, Suite 200-L, Hillsboro, OR 97124. Bring photo identification so we may verify your identity. Waiting list information will not be provided without valid photo identification.
You must report changes in your household, income, and mailing address while you are on the waiting list.
To report a change, complete an Update Application.
Note: Applicants must report changes in mailing address. If we mail you a notice and it is returned undeliverable by the post office, your name will be removed from all waiting lists.
If you do not have a permanent mailing address, you may use the address of a friend, family member, or agency; however, it is your responsibility to arrange for the use of another person's address, and the DHS is not responsible for returned mail.
The Department of Housing Services does not have any emergency assistance programs. However, there are other agencies and organizations in the community that may be able to help you.