Affordable housing is defined as housing that costs the household no more than 30 percent of its gross monthly income, meaning what is affordable to one may not be affordable to another.
Different housing options to consider
Housing Benefits 101
HB101 is a free, statewide resource network that helps solve problems and navigate the system of available housing benefits and resources.
Housing Choice Vouchers
A government-funded program that helps low income households pay the rent on private, market-rate rental units.
Market Rate Housing
The cost of market rate housing is determined entirely by the state of the rental market in the community. It can change based on the supply and demand of the housing market. Housinglink
Project-based Section 8 Housing
A government-funded program that provides rental housing to low income households in privately owned and managed rental units. The subsidy stays with the building.
- Project-based Section 8 Housing often has waiting lists so be sure to contact the property owner or manager directly to inquire.
- View a listing of affordable housing in the metro area (PDF).
Tax Credit Housing
Often referred to as LIHTC (Low Income Housing Tax Credit), formally Section 42, tax credit housing may be more affordable than market rate housing. View more information about tax credit housing on the HousingLink website.
Washington County Community Development Agency (CDA)
The Washington County CDA has information on other options, such as workforce housing and senior housing. Get help from the Washington County CDA.
HOST is able to provide a limited amount of assistance to households in need of help looking for and accessing housing. While HOST cannot guarantee access to housing, they can assist households in navigating the housing search process. HOST does have access to limited funding to assist households with a damage deposit and/or first month rent if either present a barrier to accessing housing. To consult with someone from HOST, call the housing resource line at 651-430-6488.