Fire Relief for Home Owners

Here is a helpful link to the State of Oregon for their Wildfire Damage Housing Relief Program


Wildfire Damage Housing Relief
Oregon Housing and Community Services | Housing Stabilization Division | (503) 986-2000 |

Program Overview:  Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) was directed by the 78th Oregon Legislative Assembly to develop, implement and administer the Wildfire Damage
Housing Relief Account Program to assist households of lower income that suffer a loss of housing due to a wildfire.

Eligibility Requirements
A homeowner may apply for financial assistance to provide relief for damages incurred due to a wildfire.
To qualify for program assistance:
(a) The loss or damage to housing must be due to a wildfire as defined by ORS 477.089.
(b) The applicant must be an Oregon resident at the time of the loss or damage to housing.
(c) The applicant has a previous year annual income that is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.
(d) The loss or damage to housing must have occurred in Oregon on or after July 1, 2017.
(e) The home lost or damaged due to wildfire must be the household’s primary residence.
(f) The household must own the home that is lost or damaged due to wildfire.
(g) The home that is lost or damaged due to wildfire may be a stick built home, a
site built home, or a recreational vehicle that is the primary residence of the applicant.
(h) The home damaged by the wildfire is considered uninhabitable unless repaired or replaced.
(i) To receive assistance, the household must submit an application to the department along with verification of loss, proof of ownership, and proof of income.
(j) The household must apply for grant funds within one hundred and eighty (180) days after the loss of the home

Type of Program Assistance
Program assistance for damages may not exceed $7,000 per household.  Applications will be accepted until all Wildfire Damage Housing Relief Account funds are expended.
Program Delivery The application is available online at
After submission of the application, OHCS will notify applicants if the application

Oregon Housing and Community Services | Housing Stabilization Division | (503) 986-2000 | Revised 07/18/2017
is incomplete within ten (10) days. OHCS will process complete applications and payments to homeowners within thirty (30) days.

For More Information Individuals with questions about the program should contact:
Sheila Parkins, Program Analyst, or 503-986-2062

MCHA’s Annual Plan has been APPROVED

Mid-Columbia Housing Authority is required to submit an annual plan to HUD with prior approval from our Board of Directors, State of Oregon Housing and Community Services as well as providing the public a opportunity to review and comment on our plan.  On May 29th we held a public meeting open to all the residence of the counties that we serve once this meeting was adjourned our Board of Directors voted to approve our annual plan for submission.  You can find Mid-Columbia Housing Authority’s approved annual plan below or you can request a copy from our office located at 500 East 2nd Street. The Dalles, OR 97058


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Hood River and Wasco Counties in Oregon’s Top Five Most Expensive Areas to Live!


The Dalles, OR. (June 13th, 2018) – This year’s Out of Reach report, released today from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), shows that Hood River and Wasco residents earning minimum wage would have to work almost two full time jobs just to afford a two bedroom apartment and still have money left over for other necessities like food, medicine and transportation. We know that families often pay much more of their income towards rent leaving them at risk of homelessness if an unexpected financial emergency or job loss occurs.

You can download the Out of Reach report here and learn about the housing wage in our community. To learn more about the work of the Mid-Columbia Housing Authority visit our website at
Mid-Columbia Housing Authority’s purpose is to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing that is affordable to very low-, low- and moderate-income persons. MCHA operates within Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties in Oregon as well as Klickitat and Skamania Counties in Washington.


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City of Stevenson Public Notice – Public Hearing

Community Development Block Grant

             NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the City of Stevenson City Council in the council chambers at 7121 E Loop Rd, Stevenson, WA on Thursday, May 17th at 6:15 p.m.

The purpose of the public hearing is to review community development and housing needs, inform citizens of the availability of funds and eligible uses of the state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and receive comments on proposed activities, particularly from lower income persons.

Up to $750,000 may be available to Stevenson on a statewide competitive basis to fund public facility, community facility, economic development, planning and affordable housing projects that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons.

An outline of the proposed Home Rehabilitation Program will be available for review at the City of Stevenson City Hall and on the city’s web page beginning immediately. Comments may also be submitted in writing to the City of Stevenson, 7121 E Loop Rd, PO Box 371, Stevenson, WA 98648 no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

A Spanish interpreter will be available. The City of Stevenson council chambers is handicap accessible. Additional arrangements to reasonably accommodate special needs will be made upon receiving 24-hour advance notice. Contact Leana Johnson at Stevenson City Hall, 509-427-5970.


Community Development Block Grant

SE DA AVISO POR EL PRESENTE que se llevará a cabo una audiencia pública ante el Concejo Municipal del Concejo Municipal en las cámaras del concejo al 7121 E Loop. Rd, Stevenson, Washington el Jueves, 17 de Mayo a las 6:00 de la tarde.
El objetivo de la audiencia pública es revisar el desarrollo comunitario y las necesidades de vivienda, informar a los ciudadanos de la disponibilidad de fondos y usos elegibles de la subvención estatal de desarrollo comunitario (CDBG) y recibir comentarios sobre las actividades propuestas, particularmente de personas de bajos ingresos.

Se pueden poner a disposición de Stevenson hasta $ 750,000 a nivel estatal para financiar instalaciones públicas, instalaciones comunitarias, desarrollo económico, planificación y proyectos de viviendas asequibles que beneficien principalmente a personas de ingresos bajos y moderados.
Un resumen del Programa de Rehabilitación del Hogar propuesto estará disponible para su revisión en el Ayuntamiento de la Ciudad de Stevenson y en la página web de la ciudad comenzando de inmediato. Los comentarios también pueden enviarse por escrito a la Ciudad de Stevenson, 7121 E Loop. Rd, PO Box 371, Stevenson Washington 98648 a no más tardar de las 5:00 p.m. el jueves, 17 de Mayo de 2018
Un intérprete de español estará disponible. Las cámaras del consejo de la ciudad de Stevenson tienen acceso para discapacitados. Se realizarán arreglos adicionales para acomodar razonablemente las necesidades especiales al recibir un aviso con 24 horas de anticipación. Póngase en contacto con Leana Johnson en el Ayuntamiento de Stevenson, 509-427-5970.

Notice of Public Hearing

There will be a Public Hearing in regards to Mid-Columbia Housing Authority & Columbia Gorge Housing Authority’s Public Housing Agency Plan.  People are welcome to contact Jodi Wetherbee at in advance for a copy of the proposed annual plan that will be submitted to HUD after the public hearing or you can stop by 500 East 2nd Street The Dalles, OR 97058 to pick up a copy.


The meeting will take place at the Pioneer Center located at 228 West Main Street in White Salmon Washington at 10 am on May 29th.

Hood River Community Housing Discussion

Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation (CCHC) is hosting a community discussion for our Hood River community housing development on Lot 700.  The event will be held on March 22nd from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at 902 Wasco St. Hood River, OR.  Doors open at 6:00 and a brief presentation will begin at 6:15 P.M.  CCHC requests your attendance to learn about the community development on Lot 700 and engage in the design and planning efforts.


For those who are interested in learning more about our work in the community and to view the presentation shared at the previous community discussion please visit CCHC’s website: and click on ‘news’.



Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation (CCHC) está organizando un debate comunitario para nuestro desarrollo de viviendas comunitarias de Hood River, en el lote 700. El evento se llevará a cabo el 22 de Marzo a partir de las 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 pm. en 902 Wasco St. Hood River, OR. Las puertas se abren a las 6:00 y una breve presentación comenzará a las 6:15 P.M. CCHC solicita su asistencia para aprender sobre el desarrollo de la comunidad en el lote 700 y participar en los esfuerzos de diseño y planificación.


Para aquellos que estén interesados ​​en aprender más sobre nuestro trabajo en la comunidad y para ver la presentación compartida en la discusión anterior de la comunidad, visite el sitio web de CCHC: y oprima ‘news’.

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Your Money, Your Goals

A series of FREE Financial Education Classes!

Contact Sonia Chavez to register or for more information

541-370-2291 or

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Request for Proposals for Project-Based Vouchers for New Construction of Affordable Housing in Hood River County

Issued: Monday, February 5, 2018
Mid-Columbia Housing Authority (MCHA) is requesting proposals from qualified property owners and developers to participate in the Project-Based Voucher program.
Proposals must be received by 5:00 PM PST Wednesday March 7, 2018 in the MCHA office, 500 E 2nd Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058 or via email to Proposals received after the designated time and date will be returned unopened. MCHA may reject for good cause any or all proposals upon a finding of MCHA it is in the public interest to do so.

Please see the full posting below
Karen Long

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Housing Opportunity Day

Take action to help ensure every Oregon has a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home and have fun while doing it — join us for our Housing Opportunity Day of the 2018 Legislative Session on Thursday, February 15th!

This is your chance to meet your legislators and share stories about what’s happening in your community and tell them directly that we need to meet Oregonians’ housing needs now.

We arrange visits with key legislators, form teams, provide in-depth training, and send you off into the Capitol to talk about the Housing Opportunity Agenda. You will get a chance to ask Legislators to invest in housing opportunity, including ending homelessness, developing and preserving more affordable homes, and expanding access to homeownership.

We need your help to share stories with legislators and share our message that we need bold action on housing now. For people who have never attended a Housing Opportunity Day, we promise we’ll make it fun and easy –and if you’ve been before, we are excited to have you join us again! Lunch will be provided.

We’ll be making appointments and counting on you to attend. If you need to cancel, please email, or call or text Alison at (503) 816-2882 as soon as possible.

Location: We will begin the morning at the First Congregational Church which is a short drive or walk from the Capitol. The church is at 700 Marion Street NE.

Transportation: We will do our best to assist attendees with arranging carpools. While we cannot guarantee transportation, please let us know if you are able to help carpool or will need a ride when you register. Thank you!

Trainings: We will be hosting a pre-lobby day training to help prepare attendees for the Housing Opportunity Day. Please check the box at registration if you would like to attend a training either in person or via webinar.

Parking: Parking is available in the Marion Parkade: Marion Parkade, 538 Liberty Street NE and on the street.

The Salem parking meters accept credit cards. If you would like to move your vehicle closer to the Capitol after lunch, there is street parking on the streets around the Capitol.


9:00 AM: Coffee and Pastries

9:30 AM: Registration

10:00 AM: Training begins

11:30 AM: Lunch

We’ll walk over to the Capitol at Noon together to begin our visits. If you need a ride to the Capitol, let us know when you check in!

12:00 PM-4:00 PM: Visits with Legislators and activities at the Capitol (900 Court St. NE, Salem).

Registration is free! If you would like to support housing opportunity by covering the cost of the day for yourself, you can contribute an optional $15 registration fee. If you would also like to sponsor the registration cost for one of your fellow community members, you can pay an optional $30 registration fee. This will cover the space we rent, food, materials for attendees, etc. Most of all, we want you to attend, so just choose whichever of the three ticket options works for you, and thank you for being part of this important day! Registration is limited! We only have capacity for 100 people.