MCHA & CCHC mission: To promote adequate and affordable housing, economic opportunity and a suitable living environment, free from discrimination to those who have barriers due to income or disability. The Mid-Columbia Housing Authority also administers housing programs for the Columbia Gorge Housing Authority and provides all staff support for Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation, an affiliated non-profit organization.
More about our work: In the Mid-Columbia region, low income families, and singles with special needs such as elderly, and disabled are forced to compete for truly scarce housing resources. The result is inadequate living conditions, including overcrowding, substandard housing and housing that is beyond the reach of families with lower income, putting them at high risk of becoming homeless.
Columbia Cascade Housing Corp works together as the “development arm” of Mid-Columbia Housing Authority and Columbia Gorge Housing Authority to address the housing, community self-help and community development needs of low income families in a five county bi-state region. Appropriate community services are linked with decent, affordable housing to promote greater independence and self-sufficiency.
The Mid-Columbia Housing Authority and Columbia Gorge Housing Authority provide safe, decent, affordable housing to low-income families in Wasco, Sherman and Hood River Counties in Oregon (Mid-Columbia HA) and Klickitat and Skamania counties in Washington (Columbia Gorge HA).
Because housing is a basic human need and also vital to community and local economy, the Housing Authorities provide this assistance and so much more. Their programs help clients become self-sufficient by offering training, counseling, help with goal setting and incentive to save money.
The Housing Authorities meet the needs of a growing population of senior citizens, disabled persons on fixed incomes, unemployed and underemployed people to improve family self-sufficiency and participation in community.
- Formed in 1991, CCHC is a 501(c)3 organized under Federal and State law to serve low and moderate income people’s needs for housing and community development.
- During 2002 the Counties of Hood River, Wasco and Sherman formed housing authorities and MCHA was in turn created as the Regional Housing authority. MCHA is governed by our nine commissioners appointed by the respective governing bodies of Hood River, Sherman and Wasco Counties and 1 resident advisor.
- During 2002 The City of Goldendale, Klickitat County and Skamania County passed ordinances to organize a Regional Housing Authority. Through a consortia agreement (2008) CGHA has designated MCHA as lead agency in administering programs. CGHA is governed by our five commissioners appointed by the respective governing bodies of Skamania, Klickitat County and City of Goldendale.