For Landlords

A key to expanding access to affordable apartments in Central Oregon is our rental assistance partnership with HUD (the federal government’s housing department) and Central Oregon landlords.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program, also called Section 8, enables very low-income households to rent units from private landlords with subsidies administered by Housing Works.

Through the Housing Choice Voucher program, Housing Works awards Housing Assistance Payments (vouchers) to those in need.  Voucher holders may apply these subsidies to rent at either Housing Works-owned properties or in privately-owned properties.

Benefits for Landlords Accepting Housing Choice Vouchers

  • On time, reliable and guaranteed rental payments.  Housing Works pays a set portion of your tenant’s rent directly to you on the first of each month.  The renter pays the difference.
  • Potential for higher occupancy & lower turnover.  Participating landlords broaden their pool of prospective tenants.  Since voucher holders sign a one-year lease, many become long-term, dependable residents.
  • Standard charges and fees.  The same security deposits and late fees in effect for private-market renters are applicable to voucher renters.

    Why become an HCV Landlord?

VIDEO: HCV Program: Basics, Benefits, and Ways to Participate. To view short video, click here.

24-Hour Access to Rental Payments

Landlords can access rental payments through our Rent Café Landlord Portal. Rent Café will allow you to:
  • Confirm your personal information such as mailing address, email address and phone numbers to ensure quality communication between you and the housing authority.
  • View your billing and payment transactions on your ledger.
  • View the certification specialist/case worker assigned to your tenant(s).
  • View current inspection and historical inspections on your unit(s).
  • View information such as holds/abatements placed on your unit(s).

To sign up, fill out the Landlord Direct Deposit Enrollment Form and return it to Housing Works.

To access the Rent Café Landlord Portal, click here:

Rent Café Landlord Portal

Landlord Eligibility Requirements

  • Initial & annual inspections.  To be part of the Housing Choice Voucher program, each unit is inspected to ensure that it meets the Housing Quality Standards (HQS) set forth by the federal government.  This is required as part of our commitment to provide safe, sanitary affordable housing to participants.
  • Enroll in direct deposit.  Housing Works sends rental assistance payments directly to landlords’ bank accounts each month.  You simply register your choice of bank account with us.
  • Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract. Landlords must comply with the terms of the HAP Contract, executed between the landlord and Housing Works.

Contact the Housing Specialist Team to get started.

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Landlord Guarantee Program Administered by OHCS

The Housing Choice Landlord Guarantee Program provides financial assistance to landlords. These funds mitigate damages caused by tenants as a result of their occupancy. This applies after July 1, 2014, under the HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program, also known as Section 8.
Tenants with Housing Choice vouchers for veterans, also known as Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing or VASH, are also eligible.
Note: This program is not administered by Housing Works. Instead, this program is a State Funded assistance for Landlords administered by Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS).
For a direct link to the OHCS website, click here.
For a flyer on how the Landlord Guarantee Program works, click here.
To read additional guidance regarding this program, click here.

Landlord Compensation Fund

The Oregon Legislature  enacted an eviction moratorium and established the Landlord Compensation Fund (HB 4401). The Legislature allocated $200 million in rent assistance to support tenants and landlords, which includes $150 million for the Landlord Compensation Fund. OHCS will be developing program materials in the coming weeks as we prepare to launch the Landlord Compensation Fund.

To obtain additional information on the Landlord Compensation Fund or to see if you qualify for funds, visit the OHCS website by clicking here.

Additional Resources

HUD offers a large menu of resources for landlords interested in participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Feel free to watch the brief video below to find out how to participate. For additional Landlord Resources found directly on the HUD website, click here.


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