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About Umatilla County Housing Authority

The Umatilla County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Hermiston, Oregon.

The Umatilla County Housing Authority serves Umatilla County, Hermiston, Pendleton, Umatilla, Milton–freewater and Mission.

Umatilla County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Umatilla County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Umatilla County Housing Authority (UCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

 

There are two ways to apply:

 

  1. Visit the UCHA office to pick up a pre-application, located at 155 S.W. Tenth St., Hermiston, OR 97838, during normal office hours, Monday-Friday .
  2. Download the pre-application online here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. 

 

No documents are needed at this time.

 

The following preferences have been identified: elderly, disabled, or handicapped.

 

The approximate wait time for a voucher is one year.

 

Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

 

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Please contact the housing authority to find out its policy on updating pre-application information.

 

For more information, visit the UCHA website, or call (541) 567-3241 during normal office hours, Monday-Friday.

Last Updated on 07/17/2017.

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Umatilla Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

This housing authority offers three apartment communities for families and one apartment community dedicated to senior/disabled individuals. For a detailed listing of each community, please follow this link.

There are two ways to apply for public housing:
1. Visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at P.O Box 107, 155 S.W. Tenth St., Hermiston, OR 97838, Monday-Friday during normal office hours.
2. Download the application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. No documents are needed at this time.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: elderly, disabled, or handicapped.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://www.umatillacountyha.org/, or they can be reached with any questions you may have by calling 541-567-3241, during normal office hours, Monday-Friday.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.

More information about Umatilla County Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.umatillacountyha.org/.


About the Umatilla County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Umatilla County Housing Authority manages 303 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardPorted OutVASH
Vouchers280149
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$355$915$415
Monthly Cost$99,516$12,808$3,737

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Umatilla County 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 9% having issued approximately 32 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 14 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.9 persons and has a household income of $12,344 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 66% were extremely low income (ELI). 17% of households had wages as a major source of income, 6% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 76% 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, 43% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 35% 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.

33% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 28% of households with children have a female head of household. 75% of all households were headed by a female.

16% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 1% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Umatilla County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 28% include at least one person with a disability. 51% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 52% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

30% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 47% with 2 bedrooms and 24% with 3 or more bedrooms. 32% 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 Umatilla County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $305 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $489. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $119.



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.