HACC owns and operates 565 low-rent public housing units. These units house a mix of families, elderly persons and persons with disabilities. HACC has three housing "parks". Two are located in Oregon City and one in Milwaukie. The two in Oregon City include a 100 unit housing park called Oregon City View Manor and a 99-unit housing park called Clackamas Heights. The third park in Milwaukie known as Hillside Park consists of 100 units of housing. Additionally, HACC owns another 166 units which are scattered throughout the County and a 100-unit nine-story highrise located within Milwaukie's Hillside Park, referred to as Hillside Manor, is exclusively for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
Most of HACC's low-rent public housing units are duplexes and single-family dwellings with front and back yards. The units range in size from one to four bedrooms. Lawns are well established and HACC maintains the grounds to neighborhood standards.
Programs for residents include a Head Start center, a Career and Learning Center, sports and recreation activities, entrepreneurial experience, cross-age mentorship, crime prevention, summer day camp, and service coordination for families including seniors, disabled and non-English speaking people. HACC also provides an array of federally funded ancillary programs and services to assist public housing residents in achieving self-sufficiency. HACC's resident services are nationally recognized.
- A quarterly newsletter that is delivered to all public housing units provides information of upcoming events and services.
- A "Resident Association" in each public housing park meets periodically to discuss issues that affect park residents and to plan events and activities that promote a sense of community.
- Information & referral services help residents locate needed services.
Public Housing Residents
To qualify for public housing, the household income must not exceed HUD set standards, which is 80% of the area median income, based on the specified number of family members.
Rent is based upon income. Tenants pay 30% of their adjusted gross income for rent and utilities. Included with the rent, the Housing Authority pays for water, sewer and trash collection. There is no asset limitation; however, income derived from assets is included in the annual income.
The demand for low-rent public housing is high. The current waiting time for available units ranges from 18 to 24 months. Applications are filed in chronological order by date and time of receipt and unit size needs.
Low-rent Public Housing Portfolio
The Housing Authority currently owns, maintains and manages 566 units of low-rent public housing.
Oregon City View Manor
200 Longview Way
This 100-unit low-rent public housing park for families consists of one- to four-bedroom units. It was constructed in 1962 and modernized in 1987-88. A new Headstart Center was completed in 1996.
South A - D Street
This 99-unit low-rent public housing park for families was constructed in 1938 and consists of single family dwellings and duplexes. It was the first public housing project in Oregon.
SE 32nd Ave & Hillside Street
This 100-unit low-rent public housing park for families was constructed in 1942.
2889 SE Hillside Street
This 100-unit low-rent public housing project for senior citizens and persons with disabilities was constructed in 1970. The nine-story highrise remains Clackamas County's tallest building.
The Housing Authority also owns, manages, maintains and provides services to 166 units of low rent public housing known as "scattered sites". As the name implies, these one- two-, three- and four-unit projects are scattered around the county. They primarily consist of units large enough to house families. Some of the units were acquired; others were constructed as turn-key projects.
Housing Choice Voucher Program (Tenant-Based)
This program 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.
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 County;
- Meet housing quality standards; and
- Have a rent amount that is within the limits/standards of the program.
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.
The Housing Authority's Transitional Housing Program is designed to:
- House homeless families with children;
- Coordinate the provision of necessary social services; and
- Enable the family to achieve and sustain self-sufficiency and independent living within a supportive environment.
The Transitional Housing program is operated in an apartment complex that was acquired in 1990 with a HUD Supported Housing Program Grant. It consists of nine two-bedroom apartments, one of which is reserved for the on-site manager.
The HUD grant also provides funding for operations and supportive services. The program is a collaborative effort between the Housing Authority and Clackamas County Social Services Division in cooperation with the county's only two emergency shelters -- The Annie Ross House and Clackamas Women's Services. Other community agencies and organizations provide essential supportive services to families in the program.
The Transitional Housing Program is a very limited resource. Therefore, residency is limited to families that are realistically capable of achieving self-sufficiency within the maximum two-year stay. Families in the program are expected to seek and obtain permanent housing in accordance with a case management plan that is mutually agreed upon by the family and the case manager. To be considered for the program the family must:
- Be nominated by either Clackamas Women's Shelter or Annie Ross House;
- Meet the HUD definition of homeless; and
- Agree to work with the case manager to achieve self-sufficiency.
Residents of the program pay rents in accordance with federal regulations relating to the Supportive Housing Program.
Preserving Affordable Housing
"Affordable housing" or "work force housing" is designed to meet the needs of low- and moderate-income working people.
HACC's Affordable Housing Preservation Program preserves the long-term affordability of existing multi-family rental units. Under the program, HACC acquires large multi-family housing projects. Eligible properties must be in good structural condition and well located within Clackamas County to meet the needs of working families. Because the primary financing for acquisition comes from tax-exempt bonds issued by the Housing Authority and backed by project revenues, the project must also meet a series of financial criteria. A goal of the program is to achieve rents that are 10% to 20% below market rents within five to 10 years of HACC ownership.
Most of the Housing Authority's 297 units of affordable housing are in multi-family housing complexes. The Housing Authority uses a variety of management and maintenance arrangements to ensure efficient operations.
Affordable Housing Portfolio
9009 SE Causey
HACC acquired this 264-unit multi-family rental complex in 1996 as part of its Affordable Housing Preservation Program. HACC contracts out management and maintenance.
127 N Cole Avenue
Working with Community and Shelter Assistance (CASA), HACC developed this 25-unit multi-family rental housing complex for farm workers and their families. A resident manager resides in one unit. HACC contracts with a professional management company to provide management and maintenance. Qualified applicants can apply to get on the waitlist for these units as they come available, please contact the Resident Manager at 503-829-5890.
HACC also owns, maintains and/or manages four smaller multi-family rental projects that have a total of 8 units. Known as "local projects", these units are located in Oregon City and Gladstone.