Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) only accepts applications from applicants who meet a preference for homelessness. If you are not homeless, please see the Open Waitlists page on our website  for Project Based Voucher waitlists. Please read the requirements below carefully. If you apply and we later find you do not meet the qualifications, you will not receive housing assistance.

Applications will only be accepted from families or individuals who meet the following preferences:

  • Housing Solutions Center referral: At the time you apply you must be literally homeless or fleeing domestic violence. Housing Solutions Center will conduct an assessment of your housing status and provide a referral code if you qualify. To begin the assessment and referral process, please call the Housing Solutions Center at 360-695-9677
  • Mainstream Vouchers - One or more people in the family must meet all of the following at the time of application and at the time of selection from the waitlist:
    • Disabled (if you are not receiving SSI, you will need to be able to verify your disability through a qualified professional at the time you are selected from the waiting list), and
    • 18 years or older, and
    • Under 62 years old, and
    • Homeless. For Mainstream vouchers the definition of homeless includes literally homeless (not living in a place meant for human habitation), or transitioning from a care facility or hospital , or at risk of institutionalization because of a lack of housing, or at risk of homelessness (you have received a notice to move within 14 days), or fleeing domestic violence.

Although Mainstream vouchers allow direct application, please do not apply unless you meet all of the above criteria.. If you apply but do not qualify, you will not receive housing assistance.

 Additional Requirements

At least one person in the household must be a US citizen or legal resident. Preference is given to applicants who do not currently receive any kind of housing subsidy. Household income must meet the 50% Area Median Income guidelines below.

  • Number of
    persons in family
    50% Income Limit
    1 $30,800
    2 $35,200
    3 $39,600
    4 $43,950

What do I need to apply?

Please make sure you have the following before you apply. The waitlist application does not allow you to save a partially completed application. If you have to leave the application before you finish it, your changes will not be saved and you will have to start the application over.

  • Full name and social security number for ALL family members. If any family member is NOT a legal resident and does not have a social security number, please contact us at 993-9528 for an alternate ID.
  • A mailing address. You must have an address where you can receive mail. If you do not have a permanent address you can use the Day Center’s mailing address: 2018 Grand Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98661. If you use this mailing address, please be sure to check it at least once a month.
  • A piece of paper and pen or pencil. You will need these to write down a confirmation number that you will get at the end of the application process. This confirmation number will be proof that you have applied. VHA staff will not be able to retrieve this confirmation number for you, please write it down or print the page it appears on.

How to Apply

Applications are all online at If you are being referred by the Housing Solutions Center, they will assist you in applying. Mainstream applicants who meet the criteria above can apply directly on the website or by calling the Housing Solutions Center at 360-695-9677.  Applicants for Mainstream will need to verify their disability and homelessness after they are chosen from the waitlist. Applicants will be drawn from the waitlist by random lottery. The waitlist will remain open indefinitely. Future drawings will be done as needed. Everyone who applies will have the opportunity to be drawn in a future lottery. Paper applications will not be available. Completing an application does not guarantee you will receive housing assistance: you must be eligible at the time your name is drawn from the waiting list.

You will need to create an Applicant Portal account after you submit your application. Please wait at least two days before creating your applicant portal account The applicant portal shows what your status is on the waitlist. You may also use it to update your contact information. If you do not create the applicant portal account and sign in to it at least once every twelve months, your application will be removed from the waitlist. Please visit our applicant portal at  to create your account.

What if I don't have internet access?

We have partnered with local agencies to provide internet access. The names, addresses and available hours are below. Just click the yellow "Check the List" button.  Please note that staffs at these agencies are available to help you access the internet but may not be able to answer questions about the application process.

Check the list

How will I know if my application is accepted?

No more than 15 days after you apply, you will be able to check the status of your application on our applicant portal. You can access the applicant portal at  Look for the Applicant Portal button. If, after 15 days, you do not find your application in the applicant portal, you may call 360-993-9528.

Do I have to live in Clark County to apply?

No, but you must meet the other requirements.

Can I apply more than once?

No. You can make only one application to this waitlist. You may apply to more than one waitlist at a time. 

How do I know if you got my application?

At the end of the application process, you will receive a confirmation number. Please write down this confirmation number or print the page. This is your proof that you applied. VHA staff will not be able to retrieve this number for you.

What if I am having trouble completing the application?

If you are being referred through the Housing Solutions Center, staff there will assist you with your application. If you are applying for Mainstream and you need assistance, please call 360-993-9528 during normal business hours or visit our office at 2500 Main Street, Vancouver, WA.

I have a disability and need assistance.

If you have a disability that prohibits you being able to complete this application, please call the VHA at 360-993-9528 during normal business hours.  Please expect to leave a message and receive a return call.

Is the application available in other languages?

The application gives you an option to view it in Spanish or Russian in addition to English. If you need assistance completing the application in a language other than English, Spanish or Russian, please contact the Housing Authority at 360-993-9528 during normal business hours.  Please expect to leave a message and receive a return call.

If I fill out the application, am I sure to get Housing Assistance?

No, an application will just give you a chance to be in the lottery to be placed on the wait list.

Why a lottery instead of date and time order?

A lottery gives everyone an equal chance to be placed on the waitlist no matter when they apply.

Why preferences?

Housing resources are limited and many more people need help with their rent than the Housing Authority can help. Working with community service providers, the Housing Authority learned that homeless children and homeless persons with chronic health problems are the most vulnerable residents of our community. By focusing our resources on these people we hope to make as great an impact as possible on the need for housing in our community.

Why can only homeless people apply?

Housing resources are limited and many more people need help with their rent than the Housing Authority can help. Vancouver Housing Authority is focusing our limited resources on the most vulnerable people in the community. For Mainstream vouchers, federal regulations require recipients are homeless at the time they receive a voucher.

What happens after I apply?

Please be certain we know your address at all times. If your address changes from the information on your application you must tell us in writing. If we send you mail and it is returned by the post office, your name will be removed from the waitlist.

If your name is drawn from the waitlist, we will send you a letter inviting you to complete the eligibility process.


If you have read the Housing Choice Voucher Waitlist FAQ and are ready to apply, please complete the online waiting list pre-application. You will need a pen or pencil and paper so you can write down your confirmation number. You will also need the information listed above to complete the pre-application. If you stop at any point, the information you have entered will not be saved, and you will need to begin again.

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