How To Apply

1. Register and Apply Online [computer, tablet, or any smartphone]
        • Applicants may register and apply online.
          1. Go to our website: housinggraysharbor.org
          2.Select RentCafe Portal on upper right hand side corner
          3. Select Register Now

        Register for a Fast, Easy Application

        Save your application and login in at any time to continue.
        Check the status of your applications.
        Use your account with multiple applications.

        • Applicants may register in advance but be sure to log back in on the day of the wait list opening to submit
          your application.
        •  All applications will be reviewed and received on a first come, first serve basis. Your place on the waitlist
          will depend on the date and time stamp of your online submission.
2. Or you may pick up paper application on January 12, at 8:30 AM
        • Applicants can complete the form in advance BUT the acceptance begins on JANUARY 16, 2024.
        • Applications can be picked up at 602 East First Street, Aberdeen – Front Entrance, starting on
          January 12, 2024 at 8:30 AM.
        • COMPLETED PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED UNTIL TUESDAY, JANUARY 16 – NO EXCEPTIONS.
        • All applications will be reviewed and received on a first come, first serve basis. Your place on the waitlist will depend on the date and time stamp.

3. Submit Completed Applications Starting Tuesday,January 16, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. through February 16, 2024 at 4:30 p.m

 Applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis at 602 East First Street, Aberdeen – Back Parking Lot, starting on Monday, January 16 2024 at 8:00     a.m.

HAGHC staff will provide directions to applicants on the procedures when entering the back parking lot. Social distancing is encouraged. Masks are optional.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

 

IS THERE A PREFERENCE?

Applicants who live or work in Grays Harbor County at the time of the
application will be eligible for a Residency Preference and will be placed above applicants on the waitlist that live outside of Grays Harbor County. Verification may be requested during the eligibility review.

HOW SOON WILL I BE HOUSED?

This is only a preliminary application. The estimated wait time is 2-4 years and may depend on vacancies. We house people based on their place on the waitlist and may depend on the completeness of the verifications provided during the eligibility process.

I DON’T KNOW IF I WILL QUALIFY

This is only a preliminary application. Everyone is welcome to apply, including emancipated minors.

This program is for individuals or families with gross annual income limits at or below the following amounts:

Family Size

Extremely Low Income

Very Low Income

1 Person 17,550 29,250
2 Person 20,050 33,400
3 Person 24,860 37,600
4 Person 30,000 41,750
5 Person 35,140 45,100
6 Person 40,280 48,450
7 Person 45,420 51,800
8 Person 50,560 55,150

These are the HUD published 2023 income limits. Note: **In accordance with federal regulations, 75% of new admissions must be Extremely Low Income

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION?

We will review for completeness and date/time stamp your application and we will input all information in our system. The wait begins at this point.

IMPORTANT

You must let us know if you change your mailing address, phone number, and if you’re adding someone to your application. We will mail a letter once you move up to the top group of the list – we will not call.

Click here to download this information (PDF) (English)

Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV)

Section 8 Voucher

HAGHC’s Section 8 waiting list is scheduled to open Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at 8:15 a.m. – Friday, July 30, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. We nominated residential preference which means extra points are given to the applicants who live and/or work in Grays Harbor County. We do not know when the waiting list will re-open in the future.

HCV (Section 8 vouchers) help people with low incomes rent homes on the private market. HAGHC calculates the maximum amount of housing assistance allowable. The maximum housing assistance is generally the lesser of the payment standard minus 30% of the family’s monthly adjusted income or the gross rent for the unit minus 30% of adjusted monthly income.

A family’s housing needs change over time with changes in family size, job locations, and for other reasons. The housing choice voucher program is designed to allow families to move without the loss of housing assistance. Moves, also known as “porting” and are permissible as long as the family notifies HAGHC ahead of time, terminates its existing lease within the lease provisions, and finds acceptable alternate housing.

Under the voucher program, new voucher-holders may choose a unit anywhere in the United States if the family lived in the jurisdiction of the PHA issuing the voucher when the family applied for assistance. Those new voucher-holders not living in the jurisdiction of the PHA at the time the family applied for housing assistance must initially lease a unit within that jurisdiction for the first twelve (12) months of assistance. A family that wishes to move to another housing authority jurisdiction must consult with HAGHC to verify the procedures for porting.

Learn more about the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

FY 2018 Income Limits Documentation System — Summary for Grays Harbor County, Washington

RAD (Rental Assistance Demonstration) /PBV (Project-Based Voucher)

Project-based vouchers (PBVs) are a component of a public housing agency’s (PHA’s) Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.  PHAs are not allocated additional funding for PBV units; the PHA uses its tenant-based voucher funding to allocate project-based units to a project.  Projects are typically selected for PBVs through a competitive process managed by the PHA; although in certain cases projects may be selected non-competitively.

A PHA can use up to 20 percent of its authorized voucher units to project-base units in a specific project if the owner agrees to either rehabilitate or construct the units, or the owner agrees to set-aside a portion of the units in an existing development.  In certain cases, the PHA may use an additional 10 percent of its authorized voucher units for PBV assistance.  Information as to whether a PHA manages the PBV program may be found by contacting the local PHA.

Learn more about the RAD-PBV program.