Mid-Columbia Housing Authority

500 2nd Street
The Dalles, Wasco County, Oregon
(541) 296-5462

Program Details

Mid-Columbia Housing Authority is a Section 8 Agency in The Dalles, Oregon.

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

Mid-Columbia Housing Authority serves Hood River County, Sherman County and Wasco County.

Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

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.

After applying, learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/17/2017.

About Mid-Columbia Housing Authority

More information about Mid-Columbia Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://mid-columbiahousingauthority.org/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 07/16/2018, it is not known if Mid-Columbia Housing Authority is accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

About the Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Mid-Columbia Housing Authority manages 528 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardHomeownershipPorted Out
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$397$407$532
Monthly Cost$203,926$407$6,920

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Mid-Columbia 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 15% having issued approximately 36 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 6 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 15 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 $13,591 per year. 91% of households were very low income (VLI) and 59% were extremely low income (ELI). 30% 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 60% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

5% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 46% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 23% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

39% of households included children, 12% of which had two adults in the household. 34% of households with children have a female head of household. 74% of all households were headed by a female.

17% 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 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 30% 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. 70% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

43% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 40% with 2 bedrooms and 18% with 3 or more bedrooms. 16% 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 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $356 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $563. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $88.

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.