From State of Reform:
Despite coronavirus-related struggles, Vancouver-area homelessness and affordable housing agencies continue to deliver services.
Though the need for social distancing, increased levels of sanitization and volunteer shortages during the coronavirus pandemic strained Clark County’s homeless response system, agencies continued to provide housing assistance to families in need thanks to state and federal funds.
Vancouver is one of the most expensive rental markets in the state, Hajarizadeh said. In November 2016, Vancouver voters approved a $42M, 7-year Affordable Housing Fund for families earning 50% or less of the area median income. So far, $9M has been spent on housing production and $3M on housing preservation.
Over the past five years, the Vancouver Housing Authority has developed or assisted to develop eight new projects that add an additional 493 housing units, with 325 of those units being designated for housing, said Roy Johnson, executive director of Vancouver Housing Authority.
Read State of Reform's article "Vancouver area continues to deliver homelessness services amid COVID," featuring the Vancouver Housing Authority.