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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is there a program for first time home buyers?
  2. Is there a program to rehabilitate owner-occupied houses?
  3. How can I access emergency shelter?
  4. How can I access CDBG funds?
  5. What is the HOME Program?
  6. How can I access HOME funds?
  7. Who can apply to receive CDBG or HOME funds?
  8. When are applications for funding accepted?
  9. How are CDBG & HOME funds being used in Clark County?
  10. What assistance do you provide for City of Vancouver residents?
  11. How can I access "Section 8" subsidized housing or other affordable housing in Clark County?
  12. Who do I contact with housing discrimination complaints?

1. Is there a program for first time home buyers?

There is not a first time home buyer program in the county at this time.

2. Is there a program to rehabilitate owner-occupied houses?

Call the Housing Preservation and Weatherization program at (360) 397-2130.

3. How can I access emergency shelter.

Call the Emergency Shelter Clearinghouse at (360) 695-9677.

4. How can I access CDBG funds?

Individuals can only access CDBG funds through the Housing Preservation rehabilitation program. Governmental agencies, nonprofits, and some for-profit businesses can access the funds through the annual funding cycle which starts October 1st of each year. Please call the CDBG program for additional information at (360) 397-2130.

5. What is the HOME Program?

Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) provides funds that can be used for the acquisition of land or buildings for affordable housing, new construction or rehabilitation of affordable housing.

6. How can I access HOME funds?

Governmental agencies, nonprofits and housing developers can access the funds through the annual funding cycle which starts October 1st of each year. Please call the CDBG/HOME program for additional information at (360) 397-2130.

7. Who can apply to receive CDBG or HOME funds?

Eligible applicants include Clark County's small cities and towns, special purpose districts, county departments, local units of government, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit businesses. Eligible individuals do not receive funds directly from the Department, but can get assistance from some of the organizations we fund.

8. When are applications for funding accepted?

Generally, CDBG and HOME applications are made available October 1st each year and are due in December. Notices of funding availability are published in The Columbian newspaper before each funding round. You can also request that your name be added to our mailing list to receive notification by mail.

9. How are CDBG & HOME funds being used in Clark County?

CDBG funds are used to fund public service projects, economic development activities, public facilities improvements and infrastructure improvements. HOME funds are used to fund new multi-family construction, tenant-baesd rental assistance and for preservation of existing low-income housing.

10. What assistance do you provide for City of Vancouver residents?

The County CDBG Program does not provide assistance to City of Vancouver residents. The City has its own CDBG entitlement from HUD and distributes those funds through the Vancouver Community and Economic Development. Contact Peggy Sheehan, CDBG Manager, (360) 487-7952.

11. How can I access "Section 8" subsidized housing or other affordable housing in Clark County?

The Vancouver Housing Authority, (360) 694-2501, administers all Section 8 housing for both the City of Vancouver and Clark County. Additional affordable housing and/or homeless shelter units can be found through 211 Information and Referral and the Council for the Homeless Housing Solutions Center.

12. Who do I contact with housing discrimination complaints?

If an applicant meets the qualifications required of other applicants to rent, purchase, occupy, or finance a home, he or she cannot be denied the housing because of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, veteran/military status, mental or physical disability, use of a service animal or marital status. Refer to our Fair Housing website for more information.

The Oregon Fair Housing Council provides education, outreach and enforcement assistance to combat housing discrimination in the metropolitan Portland/Vancouver region. The telephone number is (800) 424-3247. The telephone number for the Fair Housing Unit of the Washington State Human Rights Commission is (800) 729-4960.

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Clark County Community Services: Vanessa R. Gaston, Director
Street address: 1601 East Fourth Plain Boulevard, Bldg 17, Suite A419, Vancouver, WA 98661
Mailing address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-9810
Main phone: (360) 397-2130 | FAX: (360) 397-6028
E-mail: Community.Services@clark.wa.gov
Community Services Fraud and Abuse Hotline
The Fraud and Abuse Hotline number is (360) 397-8030 and is for the reporting of suspected fraud or abuse related to payment for services. Messages may be left anonymously. To speak directly with the Department Compliance Officer, call (360) 397-2075 ext. 7819.
Responsible Elected Official: Board of Clark County Commissioners

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