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Section 8 Rental Assistance Housing Program

West Valley Housing Authority, under contract with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), administers this rental assistance program for the areas of Polk County outside the Urban Growth Boundary of the City of Salem. The program consists of more than 700 Housing Choice Vouchers, which, dependent on funding availability, are issued to eligible families.

The family selects a rental unit from the open market. The amount of assistance given to a family is dependent on a number of factors: the family's income, the amount of rent requested by the landlord, tenant-paid utility costs, etc. Generally, a family will pay approximately 30% of their monthly income toward the rent. Current federal regulations prohibit housing authorities from providing assistance on a housing unit that requires a family to pay more than 40% of their income toward the rent and utilities.

Prior to providing assistance on behalf of any family, all proposed housing units must pass a Housing Quality Standards inspection to insure that the unit is decent, safe and sanitary to lease to a Section 8-assisted family. As well, an evaluation must be performed to insure that the rent, being proposed by the landlord, is "reasonable & comparable" to other similar-type units in the area. Generally, a determination can be made, as to whether a family is approved to rent a unit, within seven (7) working days from receipt of contract paperwork & request for inspection.

To qualify, the family's household income must be less than 50% of the Area Median Income for the family size. Click on the link to Income Limits.

Currently, applications for the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program may be obtained at the following location:

West Valley Housing Authority's main office located at 204 S.W. Walnut Avenue, Dallas, OR 97338. The Housing Authority office (Dallas) is open daily, Monday -Friday from 8:00am to Noon, and 1:00pm to 4:30pm. The office telephone number is (503) 623-8387.


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