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2014 Moving to Work Annual Plan Approveby HUD
2014 Moving to Work Annual Plan

 

VHA BOARD MEETING CHANGES FOR APRIL

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Vancouver (VHA) has cancelled the Special Meeting scheduled for May 1, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.and reschedule that meeting to Wednesday, April 30, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the VHA Main Street Board Room. An agenda and packet items will be mailed prior to the meeting.  
 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Vancouver (VHA) has cancelled the regularly scheduled April 24, 2014 Board of Commissioner meeting, and has called the following Special Meetings: Monday, April 14,2014, from 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. for the purpose of discussing and taking action on a the Skyline Crest Disposition Application Amendment. The meeting will be held via Teleconference and, for those that can be in attendance, in the VHA Board Room at 2500 Main Street, Vancouver, WA. The meeting is open to the public. The second Special Meeting will be held Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in the VHA Main Street Board Room for regular action items. An agenda and packet items will be mailed prior to the meeting. 

 

OPENING FOR VHA RESIDENT COMMISSIONER-
CITY SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR VANCOUVER HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD VACANCY

The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill a mid-term vacancy for a Resident Commissioner on the Vancouver Housing Authority Board.  This mid-term appointment would begin immediately and expire February 2018.  The candidate must be receiving Section 8 or Public Housing subsidy to be considered.

The six member volunteer board is appointed by the mayor and the Resident Commissioner position is a five year term to establish policy for the operation of various assisted low-income rental housing programs and low-income homeownership programs offered throughout the City and Clark County.
Regular meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, with executive sessions often beginning at 8 a.m., customarily at VHA office-2500 Main Street. Occasionally, the chair of the board calls special meetings and work sessions with a forty-eight hour notice, and from time to time meetings are held elsewhere.

Housing Authority commissioners are identified as public officials under Washington State Law. Therefore, people with personal business conflicts of interest may not be eligible to serve. The following would constitute conflicts of interest: landlords with rental assistance contract, vendors, and leaders or developers doing business with the VHA.

 For an application or further information, contact Alexis Bafus at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W 6th St., P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668, or by phone 487.8607, email, alexis.bafus@cityofvancouver.us.  You may also apply on-line at: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. Completed applications must be received by the City Manager’s Office by 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

Resident Commissioner Application Form

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON AN AMENDMENT TO VHA’S 2014 MOVING TO WORK PLAN

2014 Moving To Work Plan Amendment

The VHA is requesting your comments on an amendment to the 2014 Moving to Work (MTW) Plan.
VHA is planning to amend the 2014 MTW Plan to include three new activities, changes to three existing activities and a change to our planned use of funding flexibility.
The first new activity is a consolidation of all of our previously approved waivers of certain regulations regarding Project-Based Vouchers (PBV). This will clarify all of the changes we have made to the PBV regulations and provide the VHA flexibility in providing housing subsidy to housing projects in the future.
The second new activity is a change in our interim reexamination policy in the Section 8 Voucher program and in Public Housing.  Participants and residents may still request an interim reexamination at any time but will also have to provide appropriate verification of the change they are reporting prior to the change in tenant rent becoming effective.  If the request and the verification is received before the 15th of the month, any resulting change in tenant rent will be effective the first of the following month.
Third, the VHA is proposing to replace the housing subsidy for 11 houses currently used by Second Step Housing for their transitional housing program. This program provides up to two years of clean and sober housing along with case management for homeless individuals and families. The current funding for this program will no longer be available, so to prevent the loss of this community resource VHA will use the flexibility we have under MTW to replace the lost funding.
VHA is also proposing to expand the current activity that allows us to omit the verification step for reported assets in the reexamination of program eligibility process and we are also planning to use our flexibility under the MTW single-fund to allow us to pay for planned resident services at the proposed Lincoln Place project. We are also planning a change to the planned waiting list for the Shared Housing Vouchers and providing for landlord incentives in the short-term rental assistance program.
You can send written comments to David Overbay, Vancouver Housing Authority, 2500 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660.  You can email your comments to doverbay@vhausa.com.

To comment in person and to hear others, please come to the public hearing:
Monday, April 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Community Room
Vancouver Housing Authority, 2500 Main Street

 

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.

 

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

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - Replacement Public Housing Units - Update Oct. 16, 2013
The Housing Authority of the City of Vancouver is seeking responses for designation of affordable housing units as public housing.   A copy of the RFP can be obtained by contacting the Housing Authority of the City of Vancouver at 2500 Main Street, Vancouver, WA. 9866o, by calling 360.993.9500, or by selecting the link below. First round of reviews will begin 11/7/13. 

RFP for Replacement PH Units - Update October 16, 2013

 

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.

 

2013 Moving to Work Annual Plan
2013 Moving to Work Annual Plan

Synopsis of Proposed Amendments to the 2013 VHA Moving to Work Plan

Text of Amendments to the 2013 Moving to Work Plan

 

PROPERTIES FOR SALE

The Vancouver Housing Authority has listed for sale Maple Knoll Apartments and a portfolio of small multifamily properties. Click the links below to learn more about these properties.

SW Washington Residential Portfolio - 84 total units, in a blend
of duplexes, 4-10 units and a few single family homes.

Maple Knoll Apartments - 148-unit affordable apartment community.

 

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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:

 

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 Troy Drawz, Development Director.

 

RESIDENT VOICES NEEDED!!

Have you ever wondered why the VHA operates the way it does, why it has the rules, regulations and policies it does and wished you could share your ideas about these subjects?  Well, now is your opportunity!  The Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) is recruiting residents for the Resident Advisory Board (RAB).  The RAB provides the opportunity for residents to present input to the VHA on matters that affect them, including new policies and plans ~after all, who knows better what you need, what you want and what will assist you and your family the most? 

The RAB is made up of Public Housing and Section 8 residents.  It meets quarterly on the second Monday of the Month (for 2012 the meetings will be February 13; May 14; August 13 and November 12) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the VHA’s Administrative Offices at 2500 Main Street. Lunch is provided and transportation assistance is available.  

We are looking for people who broadly represent the population of the VHA; if you are a Public Housing or Section 8 resident who cares about their housing and wants to make a difference…you are the perfect candidate for the RAB.    Contact Syble at 993-9501 or scrow@vhausa.com to have the application mailed to your home or click the links below to print application materials.

RAB Description - PDF
RAB Description - Word

RAB Application - PDF
RAB Application - Word

 

Notice of Waiting List Opening for Cherry Park Apartments, Designated for Persons with Physical Disabilities

Notice is hereby given that the waiting list for the new Cherry Park Apartments of the Vancouver Housing Authority is open immediately.  This non-smoking building is designated for person(s) with physical disabilities and comprised of 13 one-bedroom accessible units located at 3200 NE 62nd Avenue, Vancouver, WA.  The anticipated date of availability for occupancy is February 2013. You must be 18 years of age or older to be placed on the wait list. Income limit qualifications for a one bedroom unit range from $25,500 for one person to $29,200 for two people.  Rents are based on 30% of adjusted household income. Available units will be offered to qualified waiting list applicants based on the date and time of application.  Applications are available at the administrative office of the Vancouver Housing Authority located at 2500 Main Street, Vancouver, Washington 98660 during office hours from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, or on the VHA website at www.vhausa.com, or by calling (360) 993-9575.

Cherry Park Preliminary Application

Physical Disability Forms

 

SKYLINE CREST VOLUNTARY CONVERSION APPLICATION

Skyline Crest Voluntary Conversion Application

Skyline Crest Baseline Physical Needs Assessment

 

Section 18 Demolition Application for Skyline Crest Property Management Office/Warehouse

Click here to to see the application.

 

CAMAS RIDGE APARTMENTS NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS
Contact Melissa Strain, Coast Real Estate Services
Phone: 360-566-5979
E-mail: camasridgeapts37@gmail.com
Property Information Page:
http://www.rentalhouses.com/Washington/Camas/170349

Click here to learn more about the Camas Ridge development.

 

VHA PUBLICATIONS

2013 Moving to Work Annual Plan

2012 Moving To Work Annual Report

VHA Annual Report to the Community Each year our annual report profiles the VHA from a different aspect, provides information on current programs and provides a financial report to our community.

Five Year Capital Plan 2010

For more information about the VHA contact the Community Relations Department at (360) 993-9563.

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