Local Housing Authority to Receive Emergency Rental Vouchers for Section 8 Housing in July | Local
Cowlitz County deputy health and social services director Gena James said 270 people were interested in housing through a coordinated entry. People on that list could be referred to receive emergency housing vouchers, she said.
Housing opportunities in Southwest Washington cover the counties of Wahkiakum, Lewis, Pacific and Cowlitz, with the exception of Kelso and Kalama, which are included in the Kelso Housing Authority. The Kelso Housing Authority could not be contacted to confirm whether it will also distribute emergency housing vouchers.
A 2019 Daily News report said the Kelso Housing Authority also opened voucher applications in 2018 for just two days.
Kelso Housing Authority inundated with applicants after waiting list opened
The emergency voucher allocation comes from a total of 70,000 vouchers for $ 5 million via the US bailout, according to the HUD. The US bailout was signed by President Joe Biden in March 2021.
According to Rhodes, 231 people are on the Southwest Washington housing opportunities waiting list for traditional vouchers. People on the traditional waiting list cannot receive emergency vouchers.
On average, Rhodes said it takes around 98 days for a homeless person to find a place to use the vouchers distributed by the organization and 67 days for people who are not homeless.
Westerman said wait times are similar to other nearby housing authorities. She attributed the delays to the area’s tight rental market, as well as barriers to housing for low-income tenants, such as bad credit, lack of rental history or funds for rental deposits.