Applying for Assistance

Waiting Lists and How to Apply

 

The following waiting lists are CLOSED:

  • Housing Choice Voucher
  • Public Housing
  • Project-Based Vouchers for the following sites: Alma Gardens, Barcelona, Cornelius Place, Fir Crest Manor, The Orchards, and Sunset View.

The following waiting lists are OPEN:

  • Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program. (Click here for more information.)
  • Project-Based Vouchers for the following sites:
    • Bridge Meadows
    • PLUSS Apartments
    • Pomeroy Place
    • Tom Brewer House
  • Scroll down for more information on properties with Project Based Vouchers. 

Already on the Housing Choice Voucher or Public Housing waiting list?

You can apply for Project-Based Voucher assistance, too! Applying for other types of assistance will not affect your status on the Housing Choice Voucher or Public Housing waiting list(s). If you would like to apply, download and complete an application, apply online at portal.wchousingauthority.org, or come to our office to apply in person. Applications for Project-Based Voucher assistance are not accepted by fax.

 

To Check your Application Status:

Applicants may check their status in two ways:

  1. Online - Check your status at portal.wchousingauthority.org.
  2. In Person - You may come to the office and present valid photo identification to be provided with your status.
  3. Over the Phone - You may also call the applicant line at (503) 846-3790 to request that your status be mailed to you

Please be aware that we only provide information about the status of applications (active or inactive). We do not provide information about applicants' position on the waiting list or the estimated wait time.

How to Apply:

To apply for the Project-Based Voucher program for all sites except Bridge Meadows, download an Application for Rental Assistance or apply online at portal.wchousingauthority.org.
 
To apply for a Project-Based Voucher unit at Bridge Meadows, download the Bridge Meadows application.
 
Be aware that these properties also have units without Project-Based Voucher assistance. To apply for units that do not have rental assistance, you must contact the property manager and go through their application process.
 

Reporting Changes

Applicants who have already applied for rental assistance must report changes, in writing, as they occur.  To report a change, download the Update Application or login online at portal.wchousingauthority.org.

 

Project-Based Voucher Sites

Below is a description of the properties where Project-Based Voucher assistance is offered:

  • Alma Gardens - 1 bedroom apartments located in Hillsboro, Oregon. Age 55+.Preference for extremely low income households. Waiting list closed.

  • Barcelona - 1 bedroom units located in Beaverton. Residents pay rent based on income. Preference is given to Extremely Low-Income households (at or below 30% of the Area Median Income, currently $15,700 annually for a 1-person household). Waiting list closed.

  • Bridge Meadows - Bridge Meadows offers 1, 2, 3, and 4-bedroom units for elders (age 55+) and units for families. Elders who are willing to provide at least 100 hours of volunteer service, and families who are in the process of adopting or securing permanent guardianship of at least three (3) foster children within four years, receive preference on the waiting list for units in this community. Project-Based Voucher assistance at Bridge Meadows is targeted to households with extremely low-income (at or below 30% of Area Median Income for Washington County). Extremely low-income households will be screened prior to those with higher incomes. Waiting list OPEN.

  • Cornelius Place - 0 and 1 bedroom units located in Cornelius, Oregon. Residents pay rent based on income. Head of Household must be age 55+. Extremely Low-Income households will be screened prior to those with higher incomes. Waiting list closed.

  • FirCrest Manor - 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units located in Beaverton, Oregon. Residents pay rent based on income. Preference is given to Extremely Low-Income households (at or below 30% of the Area Median Income, currently $24,600 for a 4-person household). Waiting list closed.

  • Orchards at Orenco I, II & III –1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments located in Hillsboro, Oregon. Preference for extremely low income households. Waiting list closed.

  • PLUSS Apartments - Single Room Occupancy or "SRO" a room for a single person with a shared bathroom and kitchen. Units are located in Tigard, Oregon. Residents pay rent based on income. Preference given to applicants with a special need for mental health services. Waiting list OPEN.

  • Pomeroy Place - 2 and 3 bedroom units located in Aloha, Oregon. Residents pay rent based on income. Preference is given to Extremely Low-Income households (at or below 30% of the Area Median Income, currently $26,350 for a 4-person household) that include at least one adult U. S. Military Veteran. Waiting list is OPEN.

  • Sunset View - 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms located in Beaverton, Oregon. Preference for extremely low income households. Waiting list closed.

  • Tom Brewer House - Drug-free housing located in Beaverton, Oregon. Single Room Occupancy or "SRO" a room for a single person with a shared bathroom and kitchen, studio and 1 bedroom units. Residents pay rent based on income. Preference given to applicants who are homeless with a need for substance abuse/mental health services. Waiting list OPEN.

Be aware that these properties also have units without Project-Based Voucher assistance. To apply for units without assistance, you must contact the property manager and go through their application process.

 

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:

    • Homeless
      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.

 

Reporting Changes

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. or update your account at portal.wchousingauthority.org.

If you submitted an application to the wait list in May 2015 and need 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. 

 

Emergency Assistance

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. 

If you are homeless, or at immediate risk of becoming homeless, you can be screened for assistance through Community Connect 503-640-3263.


Check our Community Resources list, or contact 211 Info by dialing 2-1-1 from any landline phone, or (503) 222-5555 from a cell phone.

 

FHEO gif .75 inches