Kelso Housing Authority

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

Kelso Housing Authority is a housing authority 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 List Status
Kelso, Washington Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Kelso Homes and Kalama Homes Public Housing Closed
Cowlitz Villa Senior and Disabled Public Housing Closed

Other Kelso Housing Authority 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.

Kelso Housing Authority Website: http://kelsohousing.org/.

Kelso Housing Authority Phone: (360) 423-3490.

Closed: Kelso, Washington Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Kelso Housing Authority (KHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from June 2, 2020, until June 23, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicant were required to print the paper application that was available online.

Once the application was completed, it was either:

  1. Mailed to the Kelso Housing Authority.
  2. Dropped off in person in the KHA drop box.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the KHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the KHA public notice, as of June 8, 2020.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 11/30/2020.

Closed: Kelso Homes and Kalama Homes Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Kelso Housing Authority (KHA) waiting list for 1, 2, 3, and 4-Bedroom Public Housing apartments at Kelso Homes, and 2 and 3-Bedroom Public Housing apartments at Kalama Homes is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from June 2, 2020, until June 23, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to print the paper application that was available online.

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

  1. Mailed to the Kelso Housing Authority.
  2. Dropped off in person in the KHA drop box.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the KHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the KHA public notice, as of June 8, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Kelso, Washington. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 06/23/2020.

Closed: Cowlitz Villa Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Kelso Housing Authority (KHA) waiting list for Public Housing apartments at Kelso Homes, Kalama Homes, and Cowlitz Villa is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from June 2, 2020, until June 23, 2020.

To apply during the opening period, applicant were required to print the online paper application.

Once the application was completed, it was either:

  1. Mailed to the Kelso Housing Authority.
  2. Dropped off in person in the KHA drop box.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the KHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the KHA public notice, as of June 4, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Kelso, Washington. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 06/23/2020.

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.

HCV Portability Status

As of October 18th, 2021, it is not known if Kelso Housing Authority is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Kelso Housing Authority manages 298 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
Vouchers 245 53
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $524 $724
Monthly Cost $128,432 $38,386

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 Apartments Operated by Kelso Housing Authority

Cowlitz Villa

1400 S 9th Ave
Kelso, Washington