The Washington County Department of Housing Services provides updates to the community through a variety of methods including our monthly e-newsletter, press releases and special programs linked below.
Washington County is expanding our emergency shelter program with "alternative shelter" options like pod, micro huts, or pallet homes. Currently, Washington County partners with the City of Hillsboro to offer a pod style shelter and are exploring options in Aloha, Cornelius, and Forest Grove.
Washington County is creating a new local ordinance intended to comply with state and federal law concerning the regulation of camps and camping on public property. This ordinance will regulate camps and camping in unincorporated Washington County on public property including county-owned buildings, parking lots, natural areas and parks, tax foreclosed properties, lands purchased for public projects, and the public right-of-way.
Heartwood Commons is the first affordable housing building offering exclusively "permanent supportive housing" in Washington County. The project was funded by the Regional Metro Affordable Housing Bond and Supportive Housing Services measure. Permanent supportive housing provides long-term housing and wrap-around services formerly homeless community members. The property will be welcomed its first residents in March 2023.
The Woodspring Apartments was a former regulated affordable housing property in Tigard. With affordable rates ending for tenants at the end of 2023, Washington County provided a Short-Term Assistance program for impacted tenants. The County has been since attempting to purchase the property to provide housing stability and hope to close on the property summer 2023.
Monthly e-newsletter provides updates on Housing Services milestones. Sign up today and receive exciting updates from the department on the latest work it's been doing, including program updates such as our affordable housing, shelters and vouchers waitlists. For past issues please click below:
Press releases are shared for significant Housing Services milestones.