New emergency housing vouchers to assist local low-income households

Rental assistance payments will be made directly to property owners or managers

Vancouver Housing Authority is receiving 101 new emergency housing vouchers to assist low-income households in Clark County through the American Rescue Plan.

Vancouver Housing Authority is receiving 101 new emergency housing vouchers to assist low-income households in Clark County through the American Rescue Plan. File photo
Vancouver Housing Authority is receiving 101 new emergency housing vouchers to assist low-income households in Clark County through the American Rescue Plan. File photo

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is distributing 70,000 vouchers to public housing authorities nationwide to help those who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or housing instability and those fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking.

Vancouver Housing Authority will receive referrals through the local coordinated entry system, Council for the Homeless’ Housing Solutions Center. VHA, Council for the Homeless and other community partners are determining prioritization for the vouchers, which will be available after July 1.

“The COVID crisis has illuminated the need of all levels of government to dig deep and work to meet the needs of those who were most harmed by the pandemic,” said Kate Budd, executive director of Council for the Homeless. “These 101 vouchers will do just that by permanently housing survivors of domestic violence, those experiencing homelessness and BIPOC community members. Working with the local homeless system Continuum of Care ensures those assisted are unhoused, highly vulnerable and receive ongoing support once housed.”

Rental assistance payments will be made directly to property owners or managers. Local landlords interested in participating can learn more at www.vhausa.org/landlords/prospective-landlords and register available units online at www.gosection8.com. Registration and basic listings are free.

Information provided by Vancouver Housing Authority.

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