Limited Waiting List Opening: ONLY for Adults with Disabilities Leaving Institutional Settings

If you or an adult in your household has a disability and is transitioning out of an institutional living setting, you may qualify for help paying rent.

Mainstream Vouchers are available to certain adults with disabilities. Mainstream Vouchers are different than Home Forward’s other Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8).  We are ONLY opening our Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) waitlist for individuals and families eligible for Home Forward’s Mainstream Voucher Waiting List Preference.

You may be eligible for Home Forward’s Mainstream Voucher waiting list preference if:

  • You or someone in your household has a documented disability


  • The person with a documented disability is between the ages of 18 and 61 years


  • That person is transitioning out of an institutional or other segregated setting

One person in the applicant household must meet all three of the above criteria.

Examples of institutional or segregated settings may include, but are not limited to:

  • A group home or adult foster care for individuals with disabilities
  • A nursing facility, rehabilitation facility or other recuperative care facility
  • An inpatient treatment facility for mental health, substance use disorders, or other disabilities

How to Apply:

  1. Fill out all of the required forms. You can find them below. The forms include more details about how to determine if you’re eligible for this type of voucher.
  2. Submit the application and forms between 3/18 and 3/22 to Home Forward by mail, in person, or by fax:

Home Forward

Attn: Rent Assistance

135 SW Ash St.

Portland, OR 97204


If application and supporting materials are mailed, they must be postmarked by March 22nd, 2019.

If application and supporting materials are emailed or faxed, they must be received by March 22nd, 2019 no later than 4:30pm.

We will only be accepting applications and supporting documentation during the week the waiting list is open. However, applicants should begin collecting necessary documentation of eligibility prior to the opening so they are prepared to submit complete applications when the waiting list is open.

If you have questions you can contact us at 503.415.8050 

What happens next:

Once your eligibility has been verified you’ll be entered into a lottery. All eligible applications received by the deadline have an equal chance of getting a voucher (it’s not first come, first served). Home Forward will randomly select households eligible for Home Forward’s Mainstream Voucher Preference.  These randomly selected eligible households will be added to the Housing Choice Voucher waiting list. All applicants will be notified.  We estimate that all applicants will be notified in writing of their status by May 1st, but the timing of actual notifications will depend on the number of applications Home Forward receives.

I’m not eligible for a mainstream voucher, but I need housing. What should I do?

Information about other Home Forward housing programs can be found here.

Information about other housing assistance in the community can be found at or by dialing 211 toll free.

If you are already on our waitlist for a Housing Choice voucher (Section 8) you don’t need to do anything.  You can get updates on your position on the waitlist by calling the Waitlist Position Hotline at (503) 415-8000.

More information:

Please also see our Frequently Asked Questions.

If you still have questions you can contact us at 503.415.8050.

Application Forms: (click on the language you would like after each form to access the pdf)

1. Statement of Eligibility for Mainstream Voucher (required): English Spanish Russian Vietnamese

1A. Sample Verification of Transition from Institutional or Other Segregated Setting (informational): English

2. Waiting List Application (required): English Spanish Russian Vietnamese

2A. Verification of Disability (required): English Spanish Russian Vietnamese

3. Home Forward Release of Information (required): English Spanish Russian Vietnamese

4. HUD Release of Information (required): English Spanish Russian Vietnamese

5. MSV Access Release of Information Cover Letter (informational): English Spanish Russian Vietnamese

6. MSV Coordinated Access Release of Information (optional, but we would like to have this): English Spanish Russian Vietnamese

7. MSV Advocacy Form (optional): English Spanish Russian Vietnamese

You can also find fillable pdf versions of the above forms, in two packets based on the paper size they should be printed on, below. You will need both sets.  

English 8x11  English 8x14