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

The Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) just learned that its web site has 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.

 

General Contractor Responsibility Criteria Solicitations - Skyline Crest Unit Upgrades
Skyline Crest LLLP will receive General Contractor Responsibility Criteria solicitations for Skyline Crest Unit Upgrades until Noon, Tuesday, November 4th, 2014. The intent of this solicitation is to establish a responsible Contractor pool of candidates to bid on pre-construction services and potential GCCM contract for the Skyline Crest Unit Upgrade project.
Skyline Crest LLLP is currently working with Ankrom Moisan Architects regarding design documents for the project. Work includes, but is not limited to, phased interior and exterior renovations of existing workforce housing consisting of approximately 138 dwelling units within fifty-five (55) structures. Work also includes site drainage mitigation (drywells and grading), as well as installing ADA accessible routes to all residential structures, and potential site utility upgrades.
The existing resident buildings are Type V-A wood frame with conventional slab on grade and gable roof forms. Work consists of interior and exterior renovations including, but not limited to, new siding, new exterior windows, new doors (inside and out), new interior floor finishes, plumbing upgrades, HVAC mini-split system revisions, and painting (inside and out).
Evergreen sustainable development standards will be part of the project. Residents will be relocated (leap-frog approach) into completed structures to open up new structures scheduled for renovations on a turn-key approach.
NOTE: there will likely be up to two (2) additional projects, ~14,000 sf Boys and Girls Club and ~8,500 sf Resource Center, under construction onsite during the same construction period.
Anticipated Hard Construction Cost: $8.5 million (including WSST)
Anticipated Construction Start Date: April, 2015
Required Construction Completion Date: December, 2016
Click on the following link “Bidder Responsibility Criteria” to obtain required submission documentation.
Contact Pam Haynes, phaynes@vhausa.com, 360.992.0217, if you have any questions.

Bidder Responsibility Criteria

 

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

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - Construction and Tax Credit Financing for Lincoln Place Apartments
Vancouver Affordable Housing, in partnership with the Vancouver Housing Authority, is seeking financing proposals for construction and tax credit financing for the Lincoln Place Apartments project, a 30 unit, permanent housing project for homeless individuals.  All details regarding the project and RFP timelines and requirements can be found at the following website:

http://clients.sbclarkinc.com/vha-lincolnplace-rfp/

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

 

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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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