Housing Assistance Waitlist

The Housing Authority of Washington County (HAWC) is not accepting applications for its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher or Public Housing assistance waitlists at this time.

If you submitted an application during the opening window from May 2-9, 2015, you can check the status of your application at www.waitlistcheck.com, or by calling 855-868-6507 and providing identifying information.

If you applied for Public Housing and Section 8, your status for each waitlist will be listed separately. Make sure you look at your status for both! The waiting list for Public Housing is called Public Housing Assistance, and the waiting list for Section 8 is called Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8.

My status is Inactive, what does that mean?

If your status is Inactive, it means you were not randomly selected and are not on the waitlist for Section 8 and/or Public Housing. The waiting list for Public Housing is called Public Housing Assistance, and the waiting list for Section 8 is called Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8.

If your status is Inactive, that does not mean you were denied—it just means that you were not randomly selected for the waitlist. You are welcome to apply for the waitlist when it is open again in the future. There will be announcements ahead of time for future waitlist openings.

My status is Active, what does that mean?

If your status is Active, that means you were randomly selected and are on the waitlist for Section 8 and/or Public Housing. The waiting list for Public Housing is called Public Housing Assistance, and the waiting list for Section 8 is called Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8. You will be screened for assistance when your name comes to the top of the waiting list.

My status is Active, how long will I have to wait/where am I on the list?

How long it will take for a specific household to come to the top of the list depends on many things, including how much funding the Housing Authority gets from the Federal government. We can't tell you where you are on the list, or tell you how long it will be before your name comes to the top of the list. We will mail you a letter and screen you for assistance when your name comes to the top of the list.

My status is Active, and I am homeless, how long will I have to wait?

If you are homeless, you will get a preference on the waitlist—which means you will get to the top of the list more quickly. However, many other people on the waitlist also have preferences—so you will still need to wait. We will mail you a letter and screen you for assistance when your name comes to the top of the list.

You can contact Community Connect at 503-640-3263 if you are homeless or in immediate danger of becoming homeless. Community Connect can screen you for assistance available through community partners. More information on Community Connect is here.

My status is Active, and I am a victim of domestic violence, how long will I have to wait?

If you are a victim of domestic violence, you will get a preference on the waitlist—which means you will get to the top of the list more quickly. However, many other people on the waitlist also have preferences—so you will still need to wait. We will mail you a letter and screen you for assistance when your name comes to the top of the list.

You can contact Community Connect at 503-640-3263 if you are homeless or in immediate danger of becoming homeless. Community Connect can screen you for assistance available through community partners. More information on Community Connect is here.

Community Connect does include the Domestic Violence Resource Center's shelter resources. You can also contact the DVRC's crisis line at 503-469-8620 or 1-866-469-8600 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

My status is Active, and I am a senior or disabled and have a fixed income or no income, how long will I have to wait? 

If you are a senior or have a disability, and are on a fixed income or have no income, you will get a preference on the waitlist—which means you will get to the top of the list more quickly. However, many other people on the waitlist also have preferences—so you will still need to wait. We will mail you a letter and screen you for assistance when your name comes to the top of the list.

You can contact Community Connect at 503-640-3263 if you are homeless or in immediate danger of becoming homeless. Community Connect can screen you for assistance available through community partners. More information on Community Connect is here.

My status is Active, and I need to update my application.

If you need to update your application to give us a new mailing address or make other changes to your application (add or remove family members, correct information, etc.) you need to fill out a form and turn it in to the Housing Authority. The form is here. You can mail the form to us, or bring it in to our office during regular business hours.

My status is Active, what should I do now?

If your status is Active, you need to wait until your name comes to the top of the list and the Housing Authority mails you a letter and screening packet. You will need to make sure you give us your new address if you move or change where you get your mail. You can use the form here to update your address. Please remember that it might be a while before your name comes to the top of the list.

I need housing now—is there anything else available?

If you are eligible for project-based housing assistance, you can download an application here.

You can look for affordable housing using the listings on our website.

There are apartment complexes located throughout Washington County, and other areas, that are subsidized directly through HUD. You can search these apartments here. You will need to contact the site manager directly to apply for those apartments. These apartments may have waiting lists, but the wait may be shorter.

Information about rental assistance programs and subsidized housing throughout the state of Oregon is here.

The Housing Connections website has an advanced search feature that can help find apartments.

You can contact Community Connect at 503-640-3263 if you are homeless or in immediate danger of becoming homeless. Community Connect can screen you for assistance available through community partners. More information on Community Connect is here.

When will the waitlist be open again?

We will open the waitlist again when we get close to the end of the list. We don't know how long that will take. It will depend on many factors, including how much funding we get from the Federal government. There will be announcements ahead of time before we open the waitlist in the future.

Why isn't there more available?

Public Housing Agencies do not receive enough funding to assist everyone in need. These programs are funded by Congress through the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Public Housing Agencies do not decide how much funding they get from Congress.

Public Housing Agencies are not able to lobby and advocate for additional funding, but concerned citizens may always contact their elected officials to express their opinions in support of additional funding for these programs. You can find out who your Federal elected officials are by searching here for Representatives or here for Senators.

There is never a fee to apply for HAWC assistance. If someone asks you for money to apply for housing, please report it to the Housing Authority.

HAWC is committed to providing assistance without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, age, source of income, marital status, and familial status.

 

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