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The Housing Opportunities of South West Washington Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is closed.
HOSWW last accepted applications for this waiting list from April 13, 2022, until April 14, 2022. 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:
Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.
For more information, visit the HOSWW website.
Sources: This information was verified by the HOSWW on April 14, 2022.
This waiting list is for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance in Cowlitz County (except Kalama and Kelso), Lewis, Pacific and Wahkiakum County, Washington.
Last Updated on 10/11/2022.
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Housing Opportunities of South West Washington provides affordable housing for up to 1,416 low and moderate income households through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program..
Low-income housing managed by Housing Opportunities of South West Washington is located in:
The Housing Authority does not serveKalama and Kelso
Households with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher managed by this housing authority must rent within its jurisdiction.
As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Opportunities of South West Washington manages 1,351 active Housing Choice Vouchers.
The following table summarizes types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:
|Standard||Homeownership||Tenant Protection||Ported Out||VASH||Non-Elderly Disabled|
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher||$616||$537||$503||$837||$517||$525|
According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 12% having issued approximately 117 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 19 months on the waiting list1.
According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.9 persons and has a household income of $11,920 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 71% were extremely low income (ELI). 13% 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 79% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.
1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 43% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 29% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 27% 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.
30% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 27% of households with children have a female head of household. 74% of all households were headed by a female.
10% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 3% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.
Of all households participating in the Housing Opportunities of South West Washington Housing Choice Voucher program, 41% include at least one person with a disability. 65% 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.
36% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 41% with 2 bedrooms and 23% with 3 or more bedrooms. 28% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.
The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Housing Opportunities of South West Washington voucher holders in 2016 was $304 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $575. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $115.
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.