Housing Services

Nearly 50 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 a continuum of affordable housing options that promote community strength. Please follow the link to access the Department of Housing Services 2017-2027 Strategic Plan.

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.


Upcoming Office Closures

The Department of Housing Services will be closed:

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017 until 10:15 am.
  • Thursday, October 12, 2017 until 10:15 am.
  • Thursday, November 9, 2017 until 10:15 am.
  • Friday, November 10, 2017 in observance of Veterans Day.
  • Thursday, November 23, 2017 in observance of Thanksgiving.
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017 until 10:15 am.
  • Monday, December 25, 2017 in observance of Christmas.

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.

If you are looking for information about applying for affordable units at Sunset View without subsidy, please visit the Sunset View website or the listing on ForRent.com.


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.

Project-Based Vouchers

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.

Current Applicants

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

EFT payments are electronically transferred directly to the bank account of your choice. To request EFT payments, complete the EFT Application and e-mail it back to us.


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 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.


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) *


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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.