VHA manages two properties for people with chronic mental illness, and one property for people with physical disabilities.

How to qualify for Special Needs Housing

To qualify for these properties, VHA must verify the disability through a professional third party to determine if an applicant meets the definition of disability for the project. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and meet income guidelines. Tenant rents are based on 30% of adjusted household income.

Chronic Mental Illness

VHA’s properties for people with chronic mental illness are independent living, mostly one-bedroom apartment complexes. Residents come and go as they please, and prepare meals in their own living spaces. There are two “shared housing” units consisting of 2-bedroom units where each resident has their own bedroom, but share common living spaces with another resident.

Columbia River Mental HealthColumbia River Mental Health and Community Services NorthwestCommunity Services Northwest provide referrals to these special needs properties; however, anyone who meets the disability definition for the property can apply, and residents are not required to have mental health services.

Physical Disabilities

VHA’s property for people with physical disabilities are independent living, one-bedroom apartments. Residents come and go as they please, and prepare meals in their own living spaces. The units are fully accessible and meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. All units are wheelchair accessible, have roll-in showers, and lower cabinets. Applicants who require a wheelchair will be given preference or priority over applicants not requiring a wheelchair.

Take the next step

For information about applying for special needs housing

Please visit our Open Wait List to see which properties are currently accepting applications, or call the automated VHA waitlist line at (360) 993-9575.

Special Needs Housing Map