Kelso Housing Authority

1415 S 10th Street
Kelso, Cowlitz County, Washington 98626

Kelso Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Kelso, Washington that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, and Family Self-sufficiency programs.

Kelso Housing Authority serves Kelso.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Kelso, Washington Housing Choice Voucher Closed
General Public Housing Closed
Senior Public Housing Closed

Other Kelso Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Kelso, Washington Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Kelso Housing Authority (KHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for three days in March, 2018. Before that, it was open for three days in April, 2016; and in February, 2012. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Kelso, WA is about 100 miles south of Tacoma, WA.

For more information, visit the KHA Housing Choice Voucher page, or the KHA website.

Last Updated on 04/16/2019.

Closed: General Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Kelso Housing Authority (KHA) General Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for various communities for 10 days in June, 2019; and before that in July, 2017. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to pick up an application at the KHA office.

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

  1. Dropped off at the KHA office.
  2. Mailed to the KHA office, and postmarked no later than June 28, 2019.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the KHA website.

Last Updated on 06/28/2019.

Closed: Senior Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Senior Public Housing Waiting List

The Kelso Housing Authority (KHA) Senior Public Housing waiting list  is currently closed. It was last open for Cowlitz Villa for 10 days in June, 2019; and before that in July, 2017.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to pick up an application at the KHA office.

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

  1. Dropped off at the KHA office.
  2. Mailed to the KHA office, and postmarked no later than June 28, 2019.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the KHA website.

Last Updated on 06/28/2019.

About Kelso Housing Authority

More information about Kelso Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://kelsohousing.org/.

Representatives of Kelso Housing Authority may be available by phone at (360) 423-3490. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Open today from 8:30am to 4:00pm PT.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:30am-4:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am-4:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am-4:00pm
Thursday 8:30am-4:00pm
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
HCV Portability Status

As of 03/18/2019, Kelso Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Kelso Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Kelso Housing Authority manages 294 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 264 30
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $500 $691
Monthly Cost $131,909 $20,716

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Kelso 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 19% having issued approximately 12 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 39 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $11,655 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 78% were extremely low income (ELI). 16% of households had wages as a major source of income, 8% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 74% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 49% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 21% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

40% of households included children, 7% of which had two adults in the household. 36% of households with children have a female head of household. 79% of all households were headed by a female.

6% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 3% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Kelso Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 34% include at least one person with a disability. 59% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 76% 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, 41% with 2 bedrooms and 29% with 3 or more bedrooms. 29% 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 Kelso Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $313 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $467. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $114.



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.


Public Housing Operated by Kelso Housing Authority

Cowlitz Villa

1400 S 9th Ave
Kelso, WA
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