Vancouver is experiencing a significant demand for rental units with historically low vacancy rates and rapidly increasing rents. Approximately half of all renters in our community are considered cost-burdened (spend 30 percent or more of their income on housing).
The City of Vancouver recognizes the importance of housing to fostering a healthy and livable community. We are committed to promoting safe, affordable housing and reducing homelessness through the City's funding, partnership, and policy efforts.
Vancouver voters approved a November 8, 2016 ballot measure creating a Vancouver Affordable Housing Fund to serve very low-income families and individuals (earning up to 50 percent of area median income). The fund will be used to increase Vancouver's supply of affordable housing, preserve existing homes, and prevent homelessness through rental assistance, temporary shelter, and services. More information.
The Administrative and Financial Plan describes in detail how money for the Vancouver Affordable Housing Fund will be generated and spent. For questions about property taxes, please visit the Clark County Asssesor’s website.
The April 2016 Housing Snapshot focuses on very low-income renters (earning up to 50 percent of area median income) in Vancouver.
The February 2016 Housing Snapshot provides information about what it's like to be a renter in Vancouver right now.
Ordinances to Protect Vulnerable Renters
In September 2015, City Council adopted three ordinances aimed at protecting vulnerable renters. Visit the City's fact page for more information about the 60-Day Notice to Vacate, 45-Day Notice of Rent Increase, and Source of Income Protection ordinances.
Affordable Housing Task Force
The Affordable Housing Task Force was convened at the recommendation of City Council following a February 2015 workshop on housing needs and potential solutions. During monthly meetings between May and December 2015, the Task Force discussed policy options to protect vulnerable renters and increase the supply of affordable housing in Vancouver.
The Task Force recommendations to protect vulnerable renters resulted in Council adoption of three new ordinances that became effective October 21, 2015. Based on Council direction, longer-term options to increase the affordable housing supply will undergo further analysis and development by City staff. For more information and to access background documents and the final report, visit the City's Affordable Housing Task Force webpage.
CDBG & HOME
The City of Vancouver supports the efforts of community partners to provide affordable housing and housing-related services through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program. CDBG and HOME funds are awarded through an annual application process. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/CDBG.
Community members are invited to provide input at public meetings on affordable housing issues, via email at AffordableHousingComments@cityofvancouver.us, or by contacting Peggy Sheehan, Community and Economic Development Programs Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 487-7952.
Image: March 2016 Apartment List National Rent Report. The national rental marketplace has named Vancouver as the #1 city in the United States for fastest growing rents in reports dating back to May 2015.