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Notice of Public Hearing on an amendment to VHA’s Moving to Work Agreement
The VHA is requesting your comments on a proposed amendment to the Moving to Work Agreement that VHA has with HUD.
VHA is proposing to amend our 2015 MTW Annual Plan because we are planning two new housing projects and we need to make several other changes:  
Section II A. of the Plan has been amended to include 24 new units of Public Housing.  These new units would be part of a proposed 49 unit mixed-finance development planned by Reach Community Development and currently known as the 62nd Avenue project. We are adding 25 new Project-Based Vouchers for Caples Terrace, a proposed 25 unit project to be located on the site formerly occupied by the VHA offices at Skyline Crest.  The project would be designated for low-income residents, low-income youth transitioning from foster care and/or homeless.  Preferences may also include other special needs populations.  We are also changing Lincoln Place from 30 units of new Public Housing to 30 units of Project Based Vouchers.
In addition to these new projects, VHA plans to revise MTW Activity #2014-06 that caps the number of Project-Based Vouchers in a building from 50% to 100%.  This change will allow projects such as Caples Terrace to be developed. We are also revising MTW Activity #2015-02 the rent reform that changes the minimum family share from 30% to 33% to also include a change in the maximum family share from 40% to 50%.

You can see a copy of the Amendment by clicking below or at the VHA Main Street Office (2500 Main Street).

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:
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Community Room
Vancouver Housing Authority, 2500 Main Street, Vancouver WA  98660

Moving to Work Plan Amendments

 

LINCOLN PLACE – SELECTED BIDDERS

The Vancouver Housing Authority, as partner of Lincoln Place LLLP, is  receiving bids from Gerding Builders from Corvallis Oregon, Team Construction from Vancouver Washington, and LMC Construction from Tualatin, Oregon for  Project “201501 – Lincoln Place Apartments until 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the VHA Community Room at 2500 Main St., Vancouver WA  98660. The work will be contracted through Lincoln Place LLLP. See details here.

 

Home Sharing Vouchers Wait List to be Open February 11 - February 25

Vancouver Housing Authority will open a special online waitlist for Home Sharing Vouchers February 11, 2015. Home Sharing is when one or more households live in the same unit.  Vouchers will have a maximum subsidy of $436 per month and can be used only for Home Sharing.  To learn more about the Home Sharing Voucher program please see our Open Wait Lists page. Applicant's income must be less than 50% of area median.
ONLINE APPLICATIONS ONLY
Applications for Home Sharing vouchers will be accepted  ONLINE ONLY at www.vhausa.com. Paper applications are not available.

Applications will be available online between 9:00 am February 11, 2015 and 5:00 pm February 25, 2015. To apply visit this page. Selection will be by lottery. Your chance of getting a voucher is the same whether you apply the last day or the first day.

Only online applications will be accepted. If you do not have internet access, a number of local agencies have agreed to provide computer access from February 11th to February 25th. A list of addresses and open hours is available here or at our office 2500 Main St, Vancouver, WA. There is never a fee to apply. If someone asks you for money to apply for housing, please report it to the Housing Authority immediately.

 

Vista Court 2-Bedroom Vouchers Wait List to be Open February 11 - February 25

Vancouver Housing Authority will open an online waitlist for 2 bedroom units at Vista Court,  February 11, 2015. Vista Court is located at 1405 Esther Street, Vancouver, WA.  To be eligible for a 2 bedroom voucher there must be two unrelated persons in the household or more than two related persons.  All family members must be 62 years of age or more. Applicant's income must be less than 50% of area median income. To learn more about Vista Court, please click here.

Applications will be available online only between 9:00 am February 11, 2015 and 5:00 pm February 25, 2015. To apply visit our Open Wait List page. Selection will be by lottery. Your chance of getting a voucher is the same whether you apply the last day or the first day.

Only online applications will be accepted. If you do not have internet access, a number of local agencies have agreed to provide computer access from February 11th to February 25th. A list of addresses and open hours is available here or at our office 2500 Main St, Vancouver, WA. There is never a fee to apply. If someone asks you for money to apply for housing, please report it to the Housing Authority immediately.

 

INVITATION FOR BIDS - SKYLINE CREST DEMOLITION
The Vancouver Housing Authority will receive bids for project 201504 - SKYLINE CREST DEMOLITION  until 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in the Community Room of the  Vancouver Housing Authority, 2500 Main St., Vancouver, Washington 98660 at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud.
 
Work consists of, but not necessarily limited to, demolition of four residential buildings, demolition of existing roadway, relocating existing electrical primary, installation of additional electrical for future projects and relocating existing waterline in an area close to 500 Omaha Way, Vancouver WA 98661.

Documents will be available at J2 Blueprint, 8100 NE St. Johns Rd, Vancouver WA  98665   PH 360-696-1861. Attention is called to the provisions for equal employment opportunity, economic opportunities for low income persons and businesses (Section 3), and payment State Prevailing Wages. Technical questions may be addressed to Robert A. VanderZanden, P.E. at Harper Houf Peterson Righelis, Inc. (HHPR) at 360-750-1131.  Bidding questions may be addressed to Pam Haynes at 360-992-0217.  It is the responsibility of the bidder to check for addenda.  VHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

VHA 2015 Moving to Work Annual Plan as Submitted to the VHA Board of Commissioners

 

URGENT NOTICE TO SECTION 8 APPLICANTS AND THOSE ON THE SECTION 8 WAITING LIST

The Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) learned on October 14, 2014 that its web site had been compromised.  Applicants for Section 8 housing allowances were falsely asked to provide a personal credit card number to cover the cost of a credit check of $20.00 per month.  This was a fraudulent attempt to secure personal credit card information and is not now and never has been a requirement of the Housing Authority.  The web site has been corrected and all appropriate law enforcement and other agencies have been informed of the breach.

None of the personal information for Section 8 or Public Housing applicants or clients on the VHA data servers has been compromised.  Only those individuals who followed the false link appearing on the web site and entered credit card information are affected.

If any Section 8 applicant or member of your family has provided credit card information as a result of the fraudulent request, please contact VHA at 360-993-9563.  Also, please contact your credit card provider to cancel or protect your card. You are also encouraged to file a complaint with the Washington State Attorney General's office and read their information on identity theft.

 

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

 

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

 

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 Troy Drawz, Development Director.

 

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

 

 

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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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