Northeast Oregon Housing Authority (NEOHA) administers the following programs:
The Housing Choice Voucher Program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments. The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.
- Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers
Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by the Northeast Oregon Housing Authority. NEOHA receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the Voucher Program. A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family's present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by NEOHA.
A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by NEOHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. Under certain circumstances, if authorized by NEOHA, a family may use its voucher to purchase a modest home. (See Section 8 Housing Voucher Homeownership below). NEOHA currently has 710 Housing Choice Vouchers.
- Section 8 Housing Voucher Homeownership
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program works with financial institutions to provide home loans at below-market interest rates to Section 8 participants who wish to purchase their own homes. This program allows eligible borrowers to use their Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers toward a monthly mortgage payment.
Public Housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public Housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single family houses to apartment complexes. There are approximately 1.2 million households living in public housing units, managed by some 3,300 Housing Authorities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to Northeast Oregon Housing Authority, to manage the housing for low-income residents at rents they can afford. HUD furnishes technical and professional assistance in planning, developing and managing these developments. NEOHA currently has 129 units of Public Housing in Union, Baker, and Grant Counties.
Transitional Housing has worked to end the cycle of homelessness by providing homeless families with a safe environment, programs and services that promote self-sufficiency and independence without regard to race, color, national origin, sexual orientation or disability. The Transitional Housing Program has four dwelling units that are designated for homeless large families. The units are located in La Grande. The families are referred by a local organization that serves the homeless. They are given a Voucher when they move into the homes and must participate in the Family Self Sufficiency Program. They must stay in the units for one year, and then they need to find a home in the housing market.
- Low Income Public Housing
The Northeast Oregon Housing Authority offers amenitites to handicapped or disabled persons at apartment complexes located in La Grande and Baker City. The complexes have ten units, each with one bedroom and varieing amenities, including a hearing impaired unit. Anyone can apply for residency, but preference is given to clients of Mental Health and Center for Human Development. The apartments have a community space where mental health can provide services on site.
Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program that encourages communities to develop local strategies to help voucher families obtain employment that will lead to economic independence and self-sufficiency. It is mandatory that NEOHA operate this program. However, it is a voluntary program open only to Voucher holders and Public Housing Residents. When a family comes onto the FSS Program, the FSS Coordinator determines their current earned income and records the figure as a starting point. As the family's income increases, any rent collected for an increase in earned income is placed in an escrow account for the families. When the families complete their goals, the money in the account is released to the family. The families have five years to complete the goals they set for their participation.
- Disabled and Mental Health Housing
The HUD Multi-Family Housing consists of two apartment complexes. Wallowa Alpine Village, located in Enterprise, has 20 one-bedroom units, 2 two-bedroom units, and 2 three-bedroom units. 22 of the project's units are subsidised HUD's Project Based Subsidy, so the families only have to pay 30% of their income toward rent and utilities. The two unsubsidized units can be rented to NEOHA’s Voucher holders. The Strawberry Village Apartments, located in Prairie City, have 10 units; five are two-bedroom units and the other five are three-bedroom units. All the SBV units have the Project Based Subsidy.
Tamarack Court Apartments has 32 one bedroom units and is located in La Grande. It is strictly for elderly and disabled persons. There is a basic rent for the units and subsidy is provided by using NEOHA’s Voucher Program.
- Rural Development Housing
Green Acres Apartments consists of 24 units of a variety of size from one to three bedrooms, and is located in Baker City. Twenty units have Rural Development Project based assistance, so the families only have to pay 30% of their income toward rent and utilities. The remaining four units can be rented by NEOHA’s Voucher holders.