Housing Choice Voucher

A resource for Housing Choice Voucher participants and landlords

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Section 8 is a common name for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Section 8 program allows private landlords to rent apartments and homes at fair market rates to qualified, low-income tenants, with a rental subsidy administered by Home Forward. Home Forward administers the program throughout Multnomah County.  Approved applicants can choose any rental property in Multnomah County that meets Home Forward’s housing quality standards and has a reasonable rent compared with similar units in the market. Tenants negotiate a lease directly with the property owner, and pay a minimum of 28.5% of their income toward the monthly rent. Home Forward pays the remainder directly to the landlord. Landlords use their own lease agreement and the same screening criteria as any other applicant.

Housing Choice Voucher is what we call Section 8 Voucher at Home Forward.

Home Forward does not have case managers. We have Rent Assistance Services Coordinators (RASCs) who assist you with issues related to your tenancy and program participation. You can find your RASC by calling (503) 802-8333, option 4.

  • Use the main menu to find “Homes in the Community” and browse local affordable apartment communities.


  • Short-term help is available by calling 2-1-1 (from a cell phone, dial 503-222-5555) and asking them to refer you to an agency that best meets your needs.

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You can get updates on your position by calling (503) 802-8333, choosing option 3, and following the automated prompts.

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