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Overview of Programs

NEOHA administers eleven programs throughout Union, Baker, Grant and Wallowa County.

  • HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM - Vouchers are a HUD Program consisting of 837 Vouchers that can be used to provide rental assistance to qualified applicants.  Rent is based upon 30% of a tenant’s income. Participants are allowed the flexibility to pay up to 40% of their income to rent if the unit they want is over the payment standard allowance. The Housing Choice Voucher can be used anywhere within Baker, Grant, Union and Wallowa Counties for rentals on the private rental market. The voucher holder can potentially transfer anywhere in the United States to a Housing Authority with a voucher Program.

  • VETERANS AFFAIRS SUPPORTIVE HOUSING (VASH) VOUCHERS - HUD-VASH is a partnership between the Housing Authority and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) which assists homeless veterans in finding and maintaining permanent housing.  HUD provides a Housing Choice Voucher to eligible veterans while the VA provides case management and support to veterans transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing. Veterans must demonstrate a need for case management and supportive services in order to integrate back into the community, maintain recovery, and sustain independent housing. The expectation is that the Veteran will work with a case manager to determine goals and then work independently, as well as with their case manager, to meet those goals. Veterans pay 30-40% of their adjusted monthly income towards their housing. The exact amount is determined by the Housing Authority. Income limits apply. If the reported income is too high, the individual will not be eligible for a voucher. NEOHA currently has 30 VASH Vouchers.
     

  •  BLUE MOUNTAIN RESIDENCES - Consists of 129 units in Baker, Grant, and Union Counties. They consist of thirty 1-Bedroom apartments designated for elderly/disabled in La Grande and thirty 1-bedroom apartments designated for elderly/disabled in Baker City. The remaining sixty-nine units are family units from 2- to 4-bedrooms. There are four 2-bedroom duplexes in Union, four 2-and 3-bedroom duplexes in Elgin, four 2-bedroom duplexes in Haines, four 3-and 4-bedroom duplexes in Baker City, six 3-bedroom duplexes in Canyon City. There are five single family homes in Dayville, eight single family homes in Mt. Vernon and twelve single family homes in Huntington. The dwellings are available for residents with Housing Choice Vouchers and for those who do not, there is an option to pay flat market rent.

  • DEVELOPMENTAL DISABLED HOUSING - The May Lane and Eldon Court apartment complexes, consisting of ten 1 bedroom apartments each, are designated for persons referred by a mental health agency and receiving mental health services. Each complex has a community room where mental health agencies can provide on-site services.

  •  LOW INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT PROGRAM - The Tax Credit Projects are comprised of two complexes:

  • Tamarack Court Apartments in La Grande which has twenty-eight 1 bedroom units and four 2 bedroom units. It is designated for elderly (58+) and disabled persons.  There is a basic rent for the units and subsidy is available to eligible persons through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

    Blue Springs Crossing is a Tax Credit property consisting of sixteen 1 bedroom apartments, twelve 2 bedroom apartments and ten 3 bedroom apartments. Construction was completed in June of 2015.

  • HUD MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING - The HUD Multi-Family Housing units are comprised of two complexes:

    Wallowa Alpine Village in Enterprise has twenty eight units; 8 studio apartments, sixteen           1-bedrooms, two 2-bedrooms, and two 3-bedrooms. The project has twenty six units with HUD Project Based Subsidy so tenants pay 30% of their income for rent and utilities. The two unsubsidized units (one1-bedroom and one 3-bedroom) can use Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. 

    Strawberry Village in Prairie City has ten units; five 2-bedrooms and five 3- bedrooms. All the units have HUD Project Based Subsidy.  

  •  USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT HOUSING - The Rural Development Project is the Green Acres Apartments in Baker City. The project consists of twenty four units; five 1- bedrooms, seventeen 2-bedrooms, and two 3-bedroom units. Twenty units have Rural Development Rental Assistance so tenants pay 30% of their income for rent and utilities.  The remaining 4 units are available to eligible persons through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

  • HOME PROGRAM - NEOHA owns the Richland School Apartments in Richland. The complex consists of seven 1-bedrooms and three 2-bedroom units designated for the elderly and or disabled. There is a basic rent for the units and subsidy is available to eligible persons through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

    The following projects also have HOME Program funding: May Lane, Eldon Court, Wallowa Alpine Village, Strawberry Village, Tamarack Court and Green Acres.

  • HOME-BUYING PROGRAM - NEOHA owns eleven manufactured homes which are located in North Powder, Haines, Union, Elgin, and La Grande. Qualified Housing Choice Voucher holders are allowed to rent those units for a period of no more than five years. During that time participants enroll in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program and work to improve their credit scores and debt load in order to qualify for a first-time home buyer loan to purchase the unit.

  • HOMEOWNERSHIP PROGRAM - The Housing Choice Voucher Home Ownership Program is a federally subsidized homeownership program available to individuals participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. NEOHA will assist participants with their monthly mortgage payments in an effort to make homeownership affordable to qualified candidates.

  • FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY (FSS) - The FSS Program is only available to Housing Choice Voucher holders. NEOHA is mandated by HUD to operate this program but participation by Housing Choice Voucher holders is on a voluntary basis. Earned income is determined when a family comes onto the FSS Program and any rent collected for an increase in earned income is placed in an escrow account for the participants.  When participants complete their goals and obtain suitable employment, the money in the account is released to the participant. Participants have five years to complete the goals they set.