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Vancouver Housing Authority is a team-based organization with a commitment to client service
We are committed to:
- Respectful treatment of clients and employees
- Excellence in management
- Operating in a manner that maintains public trust
Thinking about moving to Vancouver? You can discover more about our area by visiting the City of Vancouver website.
Jobs available at the Vancouver Housing Authority can be viewed at the VHA Career Center.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The Vancouver Housing Authority is an equal employment opportunity employer and all employment decisions are made without regard to race, gender, age, national origin, religion, political affiliation, marital status, or mental or physical disability. The VHA actively seeks applications from qualified women, minority, and/or disabled candidates as well as from candidates of other protected classes.
Please advise a member of the Human Resources Staff if you will need any special accommodations due to disability or impairment in order to participate in the recruitment process or to perform the work once hired. Requests should be made by letter, or other appropriate format, and should be submitted to the Human Resources Department as soon as possible.
VHA Benefits Package
Employees and eligible family members may choose from two medical plans — both traditional and HMO-type plans. Generally, all medical/vision and dental plans are fully paid by the VHA, but occasionally some plans require employee contribution. There are two dental plans available.
Paid time off and holidays
PTO (Paid Time Off) is earned at 5.67 hours per pay period for a total of 136 hours or 17 days per year. The rate of increase is one additional hour per pay period for each 5 years of service. The VHA has ten paid holidays throughout the year.
The VHA provides a life insurance policy to employees at no cost. The employee may purchase additional life insurance for themselves, spouse and/or children.
The VHA provides a long-term disability plan to employees at no cost. This policy provides partial income protection for employees in the event of an injury or illness that prohibits the employee from returning to work.
Retirement system and deferred compensation plan
Employees participate in the Washington State Public Employees Retirement Plan. The Department of Retirement Systems sets the contribution rates. In addition, employees can participate in a deferred compensation plan and can contribute 25% of their pre-tax annual salary up to a maximum of $15,500.
Direct deposit and Credit Union membership
Employees can have their paychecks directly deposited into any financial institution of their choice, and may join Columbia Credit Union.
The Vancouver Housing Authority creates many types of housing, each with the goal of building a stronger and more affordable community. VHA is recognized throughout the United States as an innovator in affordable housing.
Housing created by the VHA includes
- Subsidized housing for seniors and families
- Affordable non-subsidized apartments, such as First Street Apartments, to maintain a balance of affordable housing near jobs
- Mixed-use developments, such as Esther Short Commons in downtown Vancouver and Anthem Park in Uptown Village, help revitalize communities with a mixture of housing and businesses.
- Housing, such as Arbor Ridge Assisted Living for frail seniors and Lincoln Place for vulnerable homeless individuals, were created to fill special needs in our community.
- Homeless shelters
The VHA has a reputation for creating high-quality environments and being a good neighbor in every development we undertake.
Projects Currently Under Construction
Bridgeview Education and Employment Resource Center
505 Omaha Way, Vancouver WA 98661
Architect: LLB Architects, Vancouver WA
Contractor: RSV Construction Services, Inc. Vancouver WA
Construction Cost: $2,402,744.00
Estimated Completion Date: August 2017
The Meadows - for Second Step Housing
Address: 3209 NE 78 St. Vancouver 98665
Architect – MWA Architects, Portland OR
Contractor – LMC Construction, Tualatin, OR
Construction Cost: $5,115,382
Estimated Completion Date: March 2018
Meriwether Place - for Columbia Non-Profit Housing
Address: 6221 NE Fourth Plain, Vancouver 98661
Architect – Environmental Works, Seattle WA
Contractor – Walsh Construction, Portland Oregon
Construction Cost: $5,976,401
Estimated Completion Date: April 2018
The Vancouver Housing Authority is governed by a six-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Mayor of Vancouver, Washington. The Board meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the VHA’s second floor board room. Meetings are open to the public.
Art Miles, Chair, was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in July 2005, and reappointed February 2010. Mr. Miles is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University in political science, and received his Masters in Business Administration in accounting from Portland State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and began his career in public accounting as a staff accountant for Moss Adams LLP, a regional Certified Public Accounting firm, in 1971. He was managing partner of the Vancouver office from 1977 through 2002, and currently is a partner working in the area of personal wealth services and business owner succession. Mr. Miles has been a long-time member of Rotary International and has served on the Board of the Columbia Nonprofit Housing. He currently is on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington.
Lloyd Halverson, Vice Chair, was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in February 2009. Mr. Halverson has served as City Administrator for the City of Camas for over 19 years. Previous professional experiences included seven years with a city in Oregon, the Executive Director of a non-profit corporation, and taught high school in California. Mr. Halverson has been active in the partnership work between U.S. and Polish communities, and served as a municipal advisor in Poland, 1998–99. Mr. Halverson has a BA degree from the University of California, an MS in Education from University of Southern California and an MPA from the University of San Francisco. Mr. Halverson is multilingual and speaks German, Spanish and basic Polish.
Joan Caley, Commissioner, was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in April, 2013. Mrs. Caley is a Registered Nurse who has lived in Vancouver since 1971. She is retired from a senior leadership position as the Administrative Director, Rehabilitation, Community and Long Term Care Division at the Portland VA Medical Center. She is currently on the nursing faculty at the University of Portland and Washington State University teaching community/population health and nursing leadership. She currently serves as the President of the Columbia River Mental Health Board of Trustees, on the Clark County Public Health Advisory Council, and also as Board President of the Oregon Center for Nursing. She served for nine years on the Share Board of Directors and was President for her last two years. She is active in several nursing professional organizations at the state and national level. Mrs. Caley received her BSN degree from the University of Washington, her Masters in Nursing from the University of Portland.
Evelyn Hallett, Resident Commissioner, was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in September 2014 for a five-year term. Ms. Hallett is a resident at Vista Court and works for the City of Vancouver’s Parks and Recreation as a hostess at Luepke Senior Center and volunteers for Meals on Wheels. Her previous experience includes being an Operating Room Technician and Medical Office Supervisor in Burien, Washington; as well as owner and operator of Chinook Development in Renton, Washington where she constructed 22 houses in Cherokee Bay Park. Ms. Hallett currently serves on the VHA’s Resident Advisory Board and on the Advisory Board for Luepke Senior Center. She attended college in Seattle, Washington.
Roy Heikkala, Commissioner, was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in February 2015. Mr. Heikkala, a lifetime Vancouver resident, is a graduate of the University of Portland, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and received his Master of Business Administration degree from Portland State University, with an emphasis in Finance and Real Estate. He has 40 years of experience in commercial, industrial, and residential construction as a general contractor, project manager, and as a development consultant. He owns Rite Menter Investments, Inc., which provides development consulting and project management services. Mr. Heikkala has served on the Vancouver Planning Commission, the Parks Foundation of Clark County, the Vancouver Clark Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, and the Hough Foundation.
Greg Kimsey, Commissioner, was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in February 2009. Mr. Kimsey is a life long resident of Clark County, and has served as the Clark County Auditor since first being elected in 1999. His previous experience includes the Chief Financial Officer for Vancouver Oil Company and Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of U.S. Bancorp. Mr. Kimsey is one of the founding Board members of Columbia Land Trust and serves on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Clark County and Vancouver School District Foundation. His past services include membership on the Columbia Arts Center Board of Directors, Clark County YMCA Board of Managers, and is a member of Rotary International. Mr. Kimsey received his B.A. degree in Business Administration from University of Washington, his Masters in Business Administration from Portland State University, and a designation as a Chartered Financial Analyst from The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts.
The Board meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the VHA's second floor board room. Meetings are open to the public. Agendas and approved minutes for the last six regular meetings are posted on this page. To inquire about archived minutes and agendas, please call (360) 993-9563.
Looking for archived board minutes?
Some of the board minutes from previous months and years are available for download. If you are looking for a document that is older than 2012, or if you do not see what you are looking for in the list, please call (360) 694-2501.
The VHA was established in 1942 for the purpose of housing an influx of employees to the aluminum and shipyard industries during World War II. During that time, the VHA built 1,000 permanent homes and 11,396 temporary units capable of housing 50,000 people. When the war was over the temporary units were sold to buyers who agreed to dismantle and remove them. The land was then re-developed into some of Vancouver's best-planned neighborhoods.
In the 1960s the VHA assumed the primary role we still hold today, providing subsidized housing for low-income families, elderly, and disabled people. As a low-income housing provider, we have partnered with various community groups along the way, resulting in the creation of Columbia Non-Profit Housing in 1981 and the Council for the Homeless in 1989.
In the early 1990s the VHA became a diversified housing authority by purchasing our first Workforce Housing property. As we continue to serve extremely low-income families, elderly, and disabled people, investing in workforce housing and community development allows the VHA to reduce our dependence on federal funding sources and meet local policy goals.
Into the new century the VHA has continued to develop workforce housing and community development properties.