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Housing Choice vouchers

Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) is only accepting 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.

Project Based Vouchers

Each project based voucher community is unique in its location and design. You must apply separately to each property. 

Voucher Wait List Status


If you are a veteran, please contact the VA for referral to the VASH program. The VA has screenings for VASH referrals Mondays 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and Thursdays 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the VA Vancouver Campus, 1601 E Fourth Plain Blvd, Building 18.

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Family Unification Program

If you have children in foster care or are a youth aging out of foster care, please speak with your DSHS caseworker about referral for FUP vouchers.

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Eligibility for Housing

In addition to preferences for each waitlist, applicants must meet the following income guidelines:

Number of people
in household
Maximum income
1 30,800
2 35,200
3 39,600
4 43,950
5 47,500
6 51,000
7 54,500
8 58,050
9 61,550
10 65,050

Section 8 Hours

Section 8 has different business hours than other departments. Visitors are seen by appointment only, except for during walk-in hours:

- Document dropoff only
- No visits or calls

Emergency housing

If you are currently homeless and seeking emergency shelter and/or housing assistance, please call the Council for the Homeless Housing Solutions:

11:00am-2:00pm Sat/Sun

Address change?

If you have already applied for a housing program, please make sure that we always have your current mailing address. Mail returned by the Post Office will cause your name to be removed from the waitlist. You may update your address through the Applicant Portal or by:

  1. Download and print the Update Form for Assisted Housing
  2. Complete the form
  3. Mail the completed form to 2500 Main Street #100, Vancouver, WA 98660-2697

Section 8 Housing Map