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VANCOUVER AFFORDABLE HOUSING
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Chair of the Board of Vancouver Affordable Housing, has called a Special Meeting of the Board of Directors on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at the VHA Main Street Office, 2500 Main Street, Vancouver, Washington.  Attendance to the meeting is open to the public by appearing at the address above.

Agenda

DATED:         May 8, 2015

Eric Hovee
Chair

 

Request for Proposals (RFP) and Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) - Rental Subsidy Program

The Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) is seeking proposals from developers and/or owners of multifamily rental properties to participate in a locally-created rental subsidy program.   The local program will “buy-down” rents at a market rate apartment property (not subsidized or receiving tax credits) so that the units within the complex that are designated by the owner will become affordable for, and only available to, households at or below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). If selected, an owner would receive funds from the VHA to offset the amount the project would require to reduce apartment rents to reach the affordable level.

A pre-proposal meeting will be held on Tuesday May 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room of Vancouver Housing Authority at 2500 Main, Vancouver, WA.    All potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting in order to ensure that the terms of the RFP/NOFA are fully understood.

The RFP/NOFA is available for download here, or at the VHA Reception Desk, 2500 Main Street, Vancouver, WA  98660.

Rental Subsidy Program RFP/NOFA - PDF

Rental Subsidy Program RFP/NOFA - Word

Applications for the first round review are due by no later than 4:00 p.m. on June 19, 2015 and should be submitted to:

Vancouver Housing Authority
Attn: David Overbay
2500 Main Street
Vancouver, WA   98660

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REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS - ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES

Housing Authority of the City of Vancouver, WA.

To get a copy of the RFQ, click on this link

DEADLINE FOR RESPONSE:  Noon, Monday, May 29, 2015

If your firm is already on our 2014 roster, you do not need to resubmit RFQ paperwork.
Email your request to continue to be on the 2015 roster to phaynes@vhausa.com or call 360-992-0217 by the response date.

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1st Street Apartments is now open for Leasing

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1st Street Apartments is now open for Leasing
Call (360) 258-0157 for Leasing Information
Located at the corner of 166th Avenue and 1st Street, Vancouver, Washington

Address: 
1st Street Apartments
301 SE 166th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98684

 

Roy Heikkala appointed as Commissioner for the Vancouver Housing Authority

Commissioner Roy Heikkala Roy Heikkala has been appointed as a commissioner for the Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) by Mayor Timothy Leavitt.  He was sworn in at the regular meeting of the VHA board on Thursday, February 26 by VHA General Counsel Ted Gathe.  Commissioner Heikkala replaces Ron Kawamoto who retired from the VHA board in October.

Mr. Heikkala was born and raised in Vancouver.  He owns Rite Menter Investments, Inc., which provides development consulting and project management services. He has a 40-year background in commercial, industrial, and residential construction as a general contractor, project manager, and as a development consultant.  He has served on the Vancouver Planning Commission, the Parks Foundation of Clark County, the Vancouver Clark Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, and the Hough Foundation.   He is a graduate of University of Portland, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance, and received his Master of Business Administration degree from Portland State University, with an emphasis in Finance and Real Estate. 

Mr. Heikkala joins five other commissioners: Board Chair Art Miles, Vice Chair Lloyd Halverson, Commissioners Joan Caley, Greg Kimsey, and Evelyn Hallett.

The VHA manages the federally-subsidized Low-Rent Public Housing and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher programs in Vancouver and Clark County, serving more than 3,000 households.  VHA also owns and/or manages more than 2,600 units of affordable housing throughout Clark County.

 

VHA 2015 Moving to Work Annual Plan Approved by HUD

2015 Moving to Work Plan Amendments

 

Bridgeview Early Childhood Development Program
Vancouver Housing Authority is partnering with nonprofit Bridgeview Housing, Vancouver Public Schools and ESD 112 on a program to help children prepare to be successful in kindergarten and school. The Bridgeview Early Childhood Development Program is for children ages 2-5 who live in VHA subsidized housing. The program is sponsored by grant from the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington. Residents can learn more about the program by calling 360-992-0204. You can also learn more by viewing the video below.

Bridgeview Early Childhood Development Program Video

 

Lincoln Place

LINCOLN PLACE
Lincoln Place is a community partnership to identify, engage, house and support the people in our community who have been homeless the longest and utilize the most resources. Modeled on the harm reduction/housing first model, Lincoln Place will provide permanent, stable housing as the first priority, while also providing the support services necessary to insure an individual’s maximum opportunity for overcoming homelessness.

Please select the link below to learn more about Lincoln Place.

Lincoln Place Information Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions About Lincoln Place

Learn more about Lincoln Place on the Lincoln Place Development page

60 Minutes Story About Fighting Homelessness with Housing First
Giving apartments to the chronically homeless can save taxpayer dollars, advocates say. Anderson Cooper reports on the 100,000 Homes Campaign, an innovative approach to fighting homelessness.

 

Affordable Health Care
Learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace at www.healthcare.gov.
Find out more about health plans in the state of Washington at www.wahealthplanfinder.org.

 

Business Roster Solicitation
The VHA is soliciting low-income businesses in Clark County to include in its roster of Section 3 businesses.  The Section 3 program provides opportunities for qualified low-income-owned businesses to receive preference for HUD-funded contracts. The VHA has elected to use the Section 3 preference in all of its contracting.  A business qualifies as Section 3 if owned by VHA residents or; 51% of the ownership is low-income or; 30% of full-time employees are low-income. The VHA has construction and non-construction opportunities.  To see if your business qualifies, please contact Bridgette Fahnbulleh at 992-9556 or email bfahnbulleh@vhausa.com.  Equal Opportunity Employer

 

RENT REFORM PROGRAM NOW IN EFFECT

Beginning June 1, 2013, Vancouver Housing Authority assumes a minimum income of at least $9,000 per year for each work-able member of a household living in Low-Rent Public Housing or receiving a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher. Learn more about this program on the Rent Reform page.

 

ATTENTION PRIVATE DEVELOPERS/INVESTORS

VHA welcomes proposals from private developers/investors for the sale, master lease with option to purchase, or other disposition to VHA, of new or existing multifamily developments in Clark County, Washington.   Preferred proposals will be for developments of between 120 and 180 units, located in employment growth areas and/or areas with a shortage of decent, safe and affordable housing.  Proposals should include a description of the development in sufficient detail to permit VHA to evaluate the feasibility of operating the development to provide housing to low- and moderate-income persons.  Please address inquiries to Development Director.

 

 

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WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE VHA?

The VHA is starting an e-newsletter, Housing Matters, with the first issue planned for March of 2013. The quarterly newsletter will keep you updated about VHA programs, new intiatives, and other important information. When you subscribe to the newsletter, you will also receive the VHA's annual Report to the Community. To subscribe to the newsletter and annual report, please provide your email address in the following link:

 

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