VHA office building

Our mission is to provide opportunities to people who experience barriers to housing because of income, disability, or special needs. It is our goal to fulfill that mission in an environment which preserves personal dignity and in a manner which maintains the public trust.

VHA accomplishes its mission in several ways:

  • We provide subsidized housing for about 3,400 households, or approximately 6,800 people, in our community through subsidized rental properties we own or manage and through Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers that allow people to choose where they wish to live.
  • VHA and our community partners provide a variety of education, employment and social services to subsidized residents. For seniors and clients with disabilities, this means a safe, stable place to live and an improved quality of life. For work-able families, this means opportunities to become self-supporting.
  • We provide more than 1,600 apartment units that are not subsidized, but built to be affordable to people who earn less than 80% of the area median income.
  • VHA builds mixed-use, mixed-income communities that provide affordable housing and popular places for businesses. Examples are Anthem Park in Uptown Vancouver and Esther Short Commons downtown.
  • VHA works with social service agencies to develop special needs housing and shelters for homeless people and people with physical or mental disabilities.
  • VHA contributes to the local economy through rental subsidies paid to landlords (more than $16 million in 2015) and the money invested in the construction of affordable housing.
  • VHA works closely with local governments and other community partners throughout Clark County to address issues of affordable housing and homelessness and help families break the cycle of poverty. All of which make our community more affordable, safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

We are innovators

  • Seen nationally as an innovator in affordable housing and resident services
  • Recognition for partnering with school districts to improve conditions and performance for low-income students and their families.
  • Range of resident services and collaboration with community partners
  • Community Health Advocates in low-income and senior housing
  • Peer-to-peer model for working with residents
  • Lincoln Place — Housing First model
  • Mixed-use, mixed-income properties that make sense for our communities

Successes

  • VHA has a low dependence on federal funds, only approximately 43 % of our annual budget comes from the federal government. In the nation, VHA ranks as one of the housing authorities least dependent on federal funding.
  • We are seen nationally as an innovator in affordable housing and resident services.
  • We are recognized for partnering with school districts to improve conditions and performance for low-income students and their families.
  • VHA helped develop affordable housing in downtown Vancouver with Esther Short Commons, and completed development around Esther Short Park.
  • We worked with our community to help keep the elementary school in Fruit Valley.
  • Our work helps people become self-sufficient.
  • We have received a long list of awards for innovations in affordable housing.