NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND COMMENT PERIOD ON WASHINGTON COUNTY’S POTENTIAL 2023 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT PRO HOUSING GRANT APPLICATION
Washington County Housing has prepared an application and is considering applying for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Pathways to Removing Obstacles to Housing (PRO Housing) grant of up to $10 million. The purpose of the funds is to assist with policy development and direct acquisition of expiring tax credit properties in Washington County that are most at-risk of losing their affordability protections.
The HUD PRO Housing application is available for review and comment and can be downloaded from the County’s website here:
The application is due to HUD on October 30, 2023. A 15-day public comment period on the report begins on Saturday, October 14 and runs through Sunday, October 29. In addition, a public hearing will be held to receive comments on the HUD PRO Housing application. The public hearing will be held in a virtual and in-person format; information on the public hearing will be posted here and information on how to testify is posted here.
Comments on the HUD PRO Housing application may be directed to:
Andrew Crampton, Development Manager
Washington County Department of Housing
161 NW Adams Ave., Suite 2000, Hillsboro, OR 97124
Phone: 503-846-4794, Fax: 503-846-4795
E-mail: [email protected]
Please notify Washington County Housing at least 72 hours before a meeting or hearing if special accommodations (equipment or interpreting service) are needed. If you have a disability or are hearing impaired and need assistance, please plan ahead by calling 503-846-4794 or TTY relay dial 711 or 1-800-735-1232.
Para solicitar acomodaciones, traducciones, quejas o una información adicional, contáctenos llamando al 503-846-4794 o para voz en retransmisión de TTY, marque 711 o 1-800-735-1232
The Washington County Department of Housing Services has a comprehensive set of plans. Some of these are subject to public comment and revisions on a periodic basis.
Report to the Community
Please take some time to read our 2021 Annual Report which covers the work the Department of Housing Services completed in 2021.
Draft 2023 Plans Posted for Public Comment
The Housing Authority of Washington County is sharing its proposed 2023 PHA Plan and related documents for public review and comment.
The 45-day public comment period will run February 17, 2023 through April 3, 2023. The Housing Authority Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on the proposed PHA Plan on Tuesday, April 4th. More information about that meeting can be found here.
Please view the documents below and visit our MTW page for more detailed information about that program. Written comments on the draft Plan and Supplement should be directed to Melissa Sonsalla, Policy and Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, at 161 NW Adams Ave, Suite 2000, MS 63, Hillsboro, OR 97124 or e-mail [email protected].
Public Housing Agency (PHA) Plan
The PHA Plan is a comprehensive guide to public housing agency (PHA) policies, programs, operations, and strategies for meeting local housing needs and goals. There are two parts to the PHA Plan: the 5-Year Plan, which each PHA submits to HUD once every 5th PHA fiscal year, and the Annual Plan, which is submitted to HUD every year.
The 2021 PHA Plan (an annual update) was approved at the Housing Authority Board of Directors meeting on April 6, 2021.
The 2020 PHA Plan, a five year plan, was approved Housing Authority Board of Directors on April 7, 2020.
The 2017 Capital Fund Program Five Year Action Plan is also available.
HCV Administrative Plan
In addition to HUD regulations, the Section 8 Programs (including, but not limited to, the Housing Choice Voucher, Project Based Voucher, Shelter Plus Care, Family Self-Sufficiency and Section 8 Voucher Home Ownership programs) are administered in accordance with the Department's current (7/1/2022) Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Plan.
The HCV Administrative plan draft and summary are available for comment. The plan will go to the Housing Authority Board of Directors on November 7, 2023 at 10:00am under consent to approve. Written comments on the HCV Administrative plan should be directed to Liz Morris, Rental Assistance Division Manager, at 161 NW Adams Ave, Suite 2000, MS 63, Hillsboro, OR 97124 or email [email protected]
Draft 2023 Administrative Plan:
Summary of changes by chapter, including proposed language changes and current policy when applicable:
Public Housing Admissions and Continued Occupancy Plan (ACOP)
In addition to HUD regulations, the Public Housing program is administered in accordance with the Department's Public Housing Admissions and Continued Occupancy Plan.
Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan
This LEP Plan was developed to ensure equal access to services for persons with limited English proficiency and hearing impaired persons.
The Washington County Department of Housing Services has a comprehensive set of policies.
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
On January 5, 2005, President Bush signed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) into law. Among other things, VAWA amended Federal Housing programs. Although the law is called the "Violence Against Women Act", it covers all victims of these crimes, whether they are male or female. Detailed information about the VAWA may be found online at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2016-11-16/pdf/2016-25888.pdf under "VAWA" or Public Law 109-162.
Immigration Status Policy
To be eligible to receive rental assistance from the Department, applicants and participants must comply with certain immigration regulations.
The Pet Policy for the Public Housing program may be found in Chapter 10 starting on page 166 of the Public Housing Admissions and Continued Occupancy Plan (ACOP) - see plan posted above.
Fair Housing, Non-Discrimination, and Reasonable Accommodation Policies
The Department of Housing Services Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity policy, which includes the Non-Discrimination Policy and Reasonable Accommodation Policy, can be found in Chapter 2 of the Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Plan and Chapter 2 of the Public Housing Admissions and Continued Occupancy Plan (ACOP).
Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
The Department of Housing Services is committed to providing equal access to its programs to persons with Limited English Proficiency under its LEP Plan.
Audited Financial Statement
Audited financial statements for the Housing Authority of Washington County are available here.