Public Housing

Public Housing Waitlist Announcement

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Applications for the Housing Authority of Washington County Public Housing waitlist are being accepted from 8:00 a.m. Monday February 10th, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. Monday February 24th, 2020.

This is NOT a Section 8 voucher waitlist – this waitlist opening is ONLY for Public Housing.

Applications will only be accepted online:

  • The application is located at
  • Go to the “Applicant Login” link to start the process
  • An email address is needed to access the online application portal

Eligible households must earn less than 50% of the area median income for their household size:

April 24, 2019 HUD Income Limits
Household Size 50% Income Limit
1 Person $30,800
2 People $35,200
3 People $39,600
4 People $43,950
5 People $47,500
6 People $51,000
7 People $54,500
8 People $58,050








Generally, participating families pay approximately 30% of their income towards rent and the Housing Authority pays the rest.

ONLY ONE application per household will be accepted. Duplicates will be removed before the lottery.

Households must be 2 or more people to qualify. One person households do not qualify for 2 bedroom homes unless an individual requires a live-in care provider.

HAWC will accept 500 applications each for the 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom and 4-bedroom waitlists; if more applications are received there will be a random lottery.

Applications will not be prioritized by date, and people may apply at any point during the opening and have an equal chance of being selected for a waitlist. Applications will be selected for the waitlist using a random lottery. EVERYONE who submits an application during this time will have an equal chance of being placed on the waitlist.

Once a household is on the waitlist, priority is provided for homeless households, domestic violence victims, and seniors and persons with disabilities with fixed or no income.


Do you need a computer to access the application site? Please visit one of these agencies to use their public computer:

Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS)
The following public libraries in Washington County have public computers. Visit their website at to find location addresses and hours, or call 503-846-3222.

  • Aloha Community Library
  • Banks Public Library
  • Beaverton City Library Main
  • Beaverton City Library Murray Scholls
  • Bethany Library
  • Cedar Mill Library
  • Cornelius Public Library
  • Forest Grove City Library 
  • Garden Home Community Library
  • Hillsboro Public Library, Brookwood
  • Hillsboro Public Library, Shute Park 
  • North Plains Public Library
  • Sherwood Public Library
  • Tigard Public Library
  • Tualatin Public Library 
  • West Slope Community Library

Community Action
The following service center locations are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Hillsboro Multi-Service Center, 1001 SW Baseline Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123
  • Beaverton Multi-Service Center, 5050 SW Griffith Dr., Suite 100, Beaverton, OR 97005


If you need a special accommodation to submit an application-due to limited English or any type of disability-or your question is not answered here, contact HAWC in one of the following ways:

Attn: Waitlist Opening
Housing Authority of Washington County
111 NE Lincoln Street Suite 200-L MS 63
Hillsboro OR 97124

Requests for special accommodation should be made before February 10th, 2020, if possible. The application window will not be extended.

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.

Public Housing

Public housing was established by the federal government to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

Public housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single family houses to duplexes and apartments.  The Department of Housing Services (DHS) is the owner of many single and multi-family Public Housing units throughout Washington County. 

Who is eligible for Public Housing?
Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals. The DHS determines eligibility based on:

  • annual gross income;
  • whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family; and
  • U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status.

If you are eligible, the DHS will check your references and criminal background to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. Families who have members who have a history of violent criminal activity, drug-related criminal activity, theft, identity theft, or other crimes against persons or property may not be eligible for Public Housing.

How does the Public Housing Program work?
The Department of Housing Services is the landlord of its Public Housing units.  Public Housing participants pay rent directly to the DHS. The amount of rent tenants pay is based upon income, usually about 30% of the household's monthly adjusted income.

How to apply for Public Housing:
The waiting list for Public Housing last opened in 2015 and will be open again from February 10, 2020 through February 24, 2020.

More information about the Public Housing program is available from the HUD website.


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