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FAQ: Housing Programs


All Home Forward apartment communities have income guidelines, which can be found on pages for each property in the apartment communities section of this site.  In addition, there are specific requirements to participate in our voucher and housing programs. Each of our apartment communities screens applicants to ensure they meet criteria.

Home Forward has two types of apartments that are subsidized with funding from HUD: public housing and apartments that have project-based Section 8 subsidy attached to them.  You can browse these communities in the Apartment Communites section of this site.

For most Home Forward apartment communities, you can contact the leasing office directly to see if there are apartments available.  The contact information for each leasing office is listed on property pages.

For communities Home Forward manages, waitlists are operated centrally.  We open those waitlists when the estimated wait time for an apartment is less than a year, and we typically open the waitlist for several properties at once.

There are many providers of affordable housing and support services in our community.

  • We update a weekly list of apartment communities that have Home Forward’s project-based voucher subsidy in some of the units.
  • For immediate short-term help, please call 2-1-1 (from cell phones, call 503-222-5555) to talk to someone about resources that may be available.

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Attention residents

As some of you may have heard, on August 20th 2023 the Portland Water Bureau’s regular testing of water quality detected small amounts of the bacteria Cryptosporidium. Since learning of this, Home Forward staff has been in contact with the Portland Water Bureau.

We have been assured that healthy individuals can and should continue using water as normal.

If you are immunocompromised or are taking an immunosuppressive drug, you can kill any potential cryptosporidium bacteria by boiling your water for 1 minute before consuming.

  • If you are boiling the water to drink, let the water cool.
  • Iodine and Chlorine do not kill this bacteria, and to treat for potential bacteria you should boil the water.
  • If you have questions please reach out to your property manager or resident services coordinator.

Please visit the Center for Disease Control website to get additional information.