Vancouver Housing Authority

2500 Main Street
Vancouver, Clark County, Washington 98660
(360) 694-2501

Vancouver Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Vancouver, Washington that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-sufficiency, Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), and Moving to Work programs. As of July 23rd, 2019, Vancouver Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Clark County, Washington Limited Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Vancouver Housing Authority serves Clark County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Clark County, Washington Limited Housing Choice Voucher Open Indefinitely
Project-Based Voucher Open Indefinitely
Special Needs Housing Closed

Open Vancouver Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Clark County, Washington Limited Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open on a limited basis. This waiting list opened on October 16, 2015, and is open indefinitely.

Please note: According to the VHA, "Applications will only be accepted from families or individuals who meet the following preferences:

  1. Homeless school children and their families referred by their schools FCRC in one of the following school districts: Battle Ground, Evergreen, La Center, Vancouver, and Washougal
  2. Individuals and their families who are homeless and participating in the Health Home program and are referred by a local Care Coordinator working with one of these lead entities: Community Health Plan of W ashington, Molina, Optum, or United Health Care Community Plans."
  • The VHA states, "Applicants must obtain a referral number from the referring agency before applying."

To apply, complete the online application here. Select "Housing Choice Voucher" from the list. The application is available in English, Spanish, and Russian.

The following documents are required when submitting the application: Referral code from school or Health Home coordinator; full name, Social Security Number of all members of the household (if family member does not have a SSN, call 993-9528 for an alternate ID), mailing address (if applicant does not have permanent address, they can use SHARE'S Post Office Box: "Applicant's Name," PO Box 1209, Vancouver, WA 98666).

This waiting list has the following additional preferences: Elderly, disabled, families with children.

For more information, visit the VHA website, or call the office at (360) 694-2501.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (360) 993-9528.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/06/2017.

Open Indefinitely: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list applications.

To apply, Visit the "Open Wait Lists" page, and view the waiting lists under the "Voucher Program Wait Lists" section. Click the link titled "click here" for the desired property.

For more information, visit the VHA website, or call the office at (360) 694-2501.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 3606942501.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 08/23/2018.

Other Vancouver Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Special Needs Housing Waiting List

The Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) Special Needs Housing waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the VHA website, or call the office at (360) 694-2501.

Last Updated on 08/23/2018.

About Vancouver Housing Authority

More information about Vancouver Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.vhausa.org.

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status online at https://applicants.vhausa.com/Public/Login/Login.aspx.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/09/2018, Vancouver Housing Authority is billing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Homeownership Voucher Program

Contact the PHA by calling (360) 694-2501.

Family Self-sufficiency Program

Contact the PHA by calling (360) 694-2501.


About the Vancouver Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Vancouver Housing Authority manages 2,329 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Moving To Work Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 6 55 90 1,746 27 198
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $542 $788 $629 $649 $977 $623
Monthly Cost $3,254 $43,351 $56,572 $1,132,366 $26,382 $123,392

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Vancouver 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 12% having issued approximately 245 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 8 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of -1 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $14,557 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 76% were extremely low income (ELI). 22% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 72% 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, 42% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 33% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

35% of households included children, 9% of which had two adults in the household. 30% of households with children have a female head of household. 71% of all households were headed by a female.

23% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 10% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Vancouver Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 37% include at least one person with a disability. 54% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 84% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

32% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 42% with 2 bedrooms and 26% with 3 or more bedrooms. 21% 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 Vancouver Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $388 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $801. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $92.



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.


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