Housing Authority of Okanogan County

431 5th Ave W
Omak, Okanogan County, Washington 98841

Housing Authority of Okanogan County is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), and Mainstream Voucher programs. As of October 20th, 2021, Housing Authority of Okanogan County has 5 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Housing Authority of Okanogan County serves Okanogan County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Affordable Multifamily Open Until Further Notice
Limited Affordable Multifamily Open Until Further Notice
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Open Until Further Notice
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance Open Until Further Notice
Okanogan County, Washington Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Housing Authority of Okanogan County Waiting Lists

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Housing Authority of Okanogan County Phone: (509) 422-3721.

COVID-19 Update:

As of January 4, 2021 the HAOC website states "the Housing Authority of Okanogan County (HAOC) office is currently closed to the public."

more information is available here.

Open Until Further Notice: Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Okanogan County (HAOC) Mainstream Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from January 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm PT, until further notice.

Please note: According to the HAOC public notice "This opening is only for individuals and families who have a family member who:

  • Is non- elderly (between ages 18 and 61), AND
  • Has a verifiable disability"

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Print the online paper application here.
  2. Pick up an application from the HAOC Omak office, located at 431 5th Ave West, Omak, WA.

Once the application has been completed, it must be either:

  1. Faxed to (509) 422-1713.
  2. Postmarked by January 11, 2021 or later and mailed to the Housing Authority of Okanogan County, 431 5th Ave W, Omak, WA 98841.
  3. Dropped off at the Housing Authority’s office’s drop off box found at the front entrance of the office, located at 431 West 5th Avenue in Omak WA.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Transitioning out of an institutional or other segregated setting
  • Currently experiencing homelessness
  • Previously experienced homelessness and currently is a client in permanent supportive housing or in a rapid rehousing project
  • At risk of experiencing homelessness

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the HAOC website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HAOC on January 4, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Okanogan County, Washington.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (509) 422-3721.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/11/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Affordable Multifamily Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Okanogan County (HAOC) Affordable Multifamily waiting list for apartments at Caribou Trail Apartments and Pateros Gardens is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least May, 2021, until further notice.

Please note: According to the HAOC, there is "No rental subsidy.
*Please Note: No rental subsidy indicates that while the rent is affordable, the property does not have any rental assistance, and the tenant is responsible for paying the entire rent."

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the HAOC website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HAOC on May 5, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Okanogan and Pateros, Washington.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (509) 422-3721.

Last Updated on 05/05/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Limited Affordable Multifamily Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Okanogan County (HAOC) Affordable Multifamily waiting list for apartments at Iron Straw is currently open on a limited basis. Applications are being accepted since at least May, 2021, until further notice.

Please note: According to the HAOC, "GRIGULTURAL INCOME EARNINGS OF AT LEAST $3000/YR REQUIRED. *No rental subsidy.
*Please Note: No rental subsidy indicates that while the rent is affordable, the property does not have any rental assistance, and the tenant is responsible for paying the entire rent."

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the HAOC website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HAOC on May 5, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Omak, Washington.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (509) 422-3721.

Last Updated on 05/05/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Okanogan County (HAOC) Senior (62+) or Disabled U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) waiting list for apartments at Twisp Gardens is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least May, 2021, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the HAOC website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HAOC on May 5, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Omak, Washington.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (509) 422-3721.

Last Updated on 05/05/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Okanogan County (HAOC) Senior (62+) Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance waiting list for apartments at Pine Meadows is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least May, 2021, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the HAOC website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HAOC on May 5, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Omak, Washington.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (509) 422-3721.

Last Updated on 05/05/2021.

Other Housing Authority of Okanogan County Waiting Lists

Closed: Okanogan County, Washington Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Okanogan County (HAOC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from September 10, 2018 at 8:00 am until October 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm PT. It was last open from March 2015 until June 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Download and print the application online.
  2. Complete the application at the HAOC office.
  3. Pick up an application at the HAOC.

Once the paper application was completed, it must have been:

  1. Mailed to the HAOC.
  2. Dropped off at the HAOC office.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Elderly, Disabled, Victims of Domestic Violence, Veterans, Displaced by Government Action, Displaced by Natural Disaster or Families with Children.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HAOC website.

Last Updated on 01/11/2021.

About Housing Authority of Okanogan County

Representatives of Housing Authority of Okanogan County may be available by phone at (509) 422-3721. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/20/2021, it is not known if Housing Authority of Okanogan County 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 Housing Authority of Okanogan County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of Okanogan County manages 162 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of June 30th, 2021:

Standard Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 140 2 20
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $481 $865 $427
Monthly Cost $67,306 $1,730 $8,545

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of Okanogan County

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 18% having issued approximately 14 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 16 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $11,779 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 66% were extremely low income (ELI). 15% 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 78% 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, 36% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 29% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 34% 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.

31% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 26% of households with children have a female head of household. 65% of all households were headed by a female.

22% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 4% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of Okanogan County Housing Choice Voucher program, 42% include at least one person with a disability. 63% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 98% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

40% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 40% with 2 bedrooms and 20% with 3 or more bedrooms. 27% 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 Housing Authority of Okanogan County voucher holders in 2016 was $286 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $775. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $126.



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.