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Washington County Department of Housing Services

111 NE Lincoln Street
Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon
(503) 846-4794

About Washington County Department of Housing Services

Washington County Department of Housing Services is a Section 8 and Public Housing Agency in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Washington County Department of Housing Services serves Washington County.

Washington County Department of Housing Services Waiting Lists

Project Based Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Washington County Department of Housing Services (DHS) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list applications. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, visit the DHS website here, and click on an application link under the section titled "The following waiting lists are OPEN."

For more information, visit the DHS website, or call the office at (503) 846-4794.


IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 01/23/2018.

Washington County, Oregon Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Washington County Department of Housing Services (DHS) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one week in May 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Homeless, victims of domestic violence, elderly, disabled.

2,500 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

For more information, visit the DHS website, or call the office at (503) 846-4794.

Last Updated on 01/23/2018.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Washington County Department of Housing Services (DHS) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list applications at this time.

For more information, visit the DHS website, or call the office at (503) 846-4794.

Last Updated on 01/23/2018.

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status online at http://www.waitlistcheck.com/.

You can check your waiting list status by phone by calling (855)-868-6507.

More information about Washington County Department of Housing Services can be found on its website at https://www.co.washington.or.us/Housing/index.cfm.


About the Washington County Department of Housing Services Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Washington County Department of Housing Services manages 2,631 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

StandardHomeownershipTenant ProtectionPorted OutVASH
Vouchers2,4473166693
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$760$865$725$916$769
Monthly Cost$1,860,825$2,594$11,600$60,436$71,506

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Washington County Department of Housing Services

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 9% having issued approximately 302 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 68 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $14,335 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% were extremely low income (ELI). 25% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 65% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 47% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 28% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

37% of households included children, 9% of which had two adults in the household. 31% of households with children have a female head of household. 72% of all households were headed by a female.

33% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 12% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Washington County Department of Housing Services Housing Choice Voucher program, 29% include at least one person with a disability. 50% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 72% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

35% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 38% with 2 bedrooms and 27% with 3 or more bedrooms. 18% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Washington County Department of Housing Services voucher holders in 2016 was $369 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $810. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $114.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.