Renter Support

Approximately 20% of Washington County households rent, and of those nearly half pay more than 30% of their income to housing costs. An unforeseen event like a sick family member or job loss can be devastating to a family's budget, making the risk of eviction very real. Our programs focus on identifying long term, stable solutions for renters.

Rent Assistance

There is a very real cost to homelessness. Studies estimate that leaving someone homeless can cost taxpayers up to $50,000 per year. Our rent assistance funds aim to intervene and prevent homelessness from happening in the first place. We provide a range support from emergency payments to longer term assistance depending on funding availability and eligibility requirements. People experiencing a housing crisis can call 503-640-3263 to be screened for eligibility for rent assistance in a variety of Washington County housing programs. Program participation is dependent on funding availability.

Rent Well Tenant Education Courses

Rent Well courses help prospective renters who are having difficulty being accepted for rental units because of poor rental history, and barriers such as evictions, criminal convictions and negative credit history. The free 15-hour course covers topics useful to tenants, such as tenant rights and responsibilities, budgeting, housing laws and more. To sign up for Rent Well classes in Washington County or for more information call 503-726-0821. Upcoming classes can be viewed on our calendar by clicking here.