Columbia Gorge Housing Authority

500 2nd Street
The Dalles, Wasco County, Oregon 97058

Columbia Gorge Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in The Dalles, Oregon that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. As of February 21st, 2020, Columbia Gorge Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Columbia Gorge Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Columbia Gorge Housing Authority serves The Dalles.

The Columbia George Housing Authority and the Mid-Columbia Housing Authority operate together as the Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Columbia Gorge Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice

Open Columbia Gorge Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Columbia Gorge Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Mid-Columbia Housing Authority (Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties, Oregon) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program waiting list is currently open.

Applications may be downloaded from: http://www.mid-columbiahousingauthority.org/docs/P-1Section8application-%20REVISED07-28-2014.doc. Please note: As of July 2017, the application link is dead. Contact the Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation for assistance.

The application should be printed and returned to the Mid-Columbia Housing Authority at 312 Court Street, Suite 419, The Dalles, OR 97058

The housing authority may provide a waiting list preference to elderly/disabled persons, disabled veterans, persons displaced by government action, women who are pregnant or a person in the process of securing custody of a minor.

The Mid-Columbia Housing Authority is affiliated with Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation, a nonprofit housing organization.  The consolidated 2012 Annual Report for these organizations can be found here:  http://www.columbiacascadehousingcorp.org/ANNUAL%20REPORT%202012.pdf.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 5412965462.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 09/20/2018.

About Columbia Gorge Housing Authority

More information about Columbia Gorge Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.mid-columbiahousingauthority.org/index_cgha.htm.

Representatives of Columbia Gorge Housing Authority may be available by phone at (541) 296-5462. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 02/21/2020, it is not known if Columbia Gorge Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Columbia Gorge Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Columbia Gorge Housing Authority manages 248 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2019:

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 237 11
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $500 $796
Monthly Cost $118,405 $8,753

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Columbia Gorge Housing Authority

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 16% having issued approximately 16 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 18 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2 persons and has a household income of $12,314 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 69% were extremely low income (ELI). 16% of households had wages as a major source of income, 5% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 77% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 40% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 32% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 26% 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.

33% of households included children, 11% of which had two adults in the household. 28% of households with children have a female head of household. 77% of all households were headed by a female.

11% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with -1% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Columbia Gorge Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 37% include at least one person with a disability. 62% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

27% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 44% with 2 bedrooms and 29% with 3 or more bedrooms. 36% 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 Columbia Gorge Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $303 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $548. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $116.



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.