Homelessness Prevention and Housing
Clark College has partnered with local community organizations in the City of Vancouver to help students who are at risk of becoming homeless. Through the city’s Affordable Housing Fund, a limited amount of grant money is available to help students experiencing unstable housing situations.
Who can apply
- Unable to pay next month’s rent
- Owing back rent
- Staying with friends or family temporarily (“couch surfing”)
- Staying in someone else’s home (“doubling up”)
In order to apply for this program, students need to be:
- Currently pursuing a degree or certificate program at Clark College or enrolled in Transitional Studies coursework
- Living within the city limits Vancouver (Not sure if your address is within city limits? Check online.)
- At risk of homelessness, couch surfing, or doubled-up
- At or below 50% of the Area Median Income
If you have any questions, please call 360-992-2729 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What kind of help is available?
- Temporary assistance with rent
- Assistance with back rent
- Move-in fees (such as a first and last month’s rent and/or a security deposit)
How do I apply?
Assistance is only available when the partnering housing agencies have the resources to provide it. Clark College cannot predict when these openings for services will occur, and they may last only a matter of hours. Because of this, it is important for students to move quickly when an opening becomes available.
To find out about openings, please sign up for our email message notification system, which will alert you when the housing agencies have availability to provide assistance. Use your Student ID and Global PIN to sign up through the online form below.
Please be aware that completing the application does not guarantee you will receive assistance. It is the first step in a process that involves screening and selection by organizations outside of Clark College.
- The Council for the Homeless staffs a Housing Hotline at 360-695-9677 with information about available shelter and housing assistance in Clark County.
- The Vancouver Housing Authority maintains a wait list for Section 8 housing.
- The Community Resource Directory for Oregon and Southwest Washington (also called "211") maintains a list of community resources categorized by zip code, age, and other qualifiers.
- The Penguin Pantry offers food assistance to Clark College students.
Workforce Education Services also connects students with resources available for specific populations, including veterans and those receiving public benefits. Visit the main WES page to learn more.