2013 marks 43 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.
Office Closure: January 8, 2015
Please be aware that the Department of Housing Services office will be closed from 8:30 am - 10:30 am on Thursday, January 8, 2015, for staff training. Normal business hours will resume at 10:30 am.
Notice: Outstanding New Vouchers On Hold
Regretfully, the Department of Housing Services does not have funds available at this time for new outstanding Vouchers that have not leased up by June 16, 2014.
Any applicant household who was issued a Voucher that did not expire prior to June 16, 2014 will be placed on hold and will be contacted by mail in date and time order when funds are again available.
Please be aware that this only affects new applicants to the program. Households currently receiving assistance will continue to do so.
If your household is one that was affected, please report changes in your mailing address and contact information as they occur so that the Department is able to contact you at that time. Thank you.
Waiting List Status
As of September 1, 2011, the waiting lists for Housing Choice Vouchers and Public Housing are closed until further notice.
At this time, applications are accepted for Project-Based Vouchers only. Project-Based Vouchers offer rental assistance at specific apartment complexes. Some of the sites offer preferences for people who need certain services.
As of October 7, 2013, the waiting list for Project-Based Vouchers at Alma Gardens is open.
To apply for Project-Based Vouchers at any of the sites, please complete an Application for Project-Based Rental Assistance.
If you are a current applicant and need to report changes, please complete an Update Application.
For more information about how our waiting list process works, please see our Applications 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.
Request for Proposals: Project-Based Vouchers
October 16, 2013
The Department of Housing Services is currently seeking proposals for Project-Based Voucher projects to serve Extremely Low Income persons (30% Area Median Income or below). Projects may give a preference may be given to seniors, veterans, and/or homeless. Completed proposals must be turned in by November 8, 2013. Interested parties should download 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.