Housing Choice Voucher Programs
The Housing Choice Voucher program (formerly known as Section 8) provides assistance to families that rent units in the private rental housing market. It is authorized by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended. The Housing Choice Voucher Program can assist approximately 1,500 families in Clackamas County.
Program Participant Eligibility
To qualify for the Voucher program, the household income must not exceed HUD set standards, which is 50% of the area median income, for the specified number of family members. There is no asset limitation; however, income derived from assets is included in the annual income.
Once the Housing Authority issues a Housing Voucher, the family then finds its own rental unit. To be eligible, a unit must:
- Be located within Clackamas or Multnomah County;
- Meet housing quality standards; and
- Rent must be reasonable as determined by HACC.
Tenant rent is based upon income. Tenants pay 30-40% of their adjusted gross income for rent and utilities depending on the rent cost of the unit. The Housing Authority pays the difference between the family's portion of rent and the contract rent to the owner.
Applications are filed in chronological order by date and time of receipt. Tenants are selected on a first-come, first-served basis from the wait list.
HACC also runs a federally funded Family Self Sufficiency Program for qualified Housing Choice Voucher residents.
Visit our available units search page to find out if a Section 8 unit is available in your area.
Calculating your utility allowance
The HACC Utility Allowances for Housing Choice Vouchers have changed. Please click the link below to view the new rates.
If you have further questions regarding our utility allowances, you may contact Toni Karter at (503) 650-3139.
Reasonable Accomodation Requests
HACC will provide "reasonable accomodations" to applicants and participants of HACC's Housing Choice Voucher Program. A reasonable accomodation is some modification or change HACC can make to its policies or preocedures that will assist an otherwise eligible person with a disability to attain equal participation in HACC's programs.
To make a Reasonable Accomodation request, complete and submit the "Request for a Reasonable Accomodation" form. You may request this form at our office or by contacting your Occupancy Specialist. To request the form by phone, call 503-655-8267.