City seeks applicants for Housing Authority board

The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants for one vacancy on the Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) Board of Commissioners. The deadline to apply for the open positions is Monday, Dec. 23.

The six-member volunteer board is appointed by the mayor to establish policy for the operation of various low-income rental housing assistance programs and properties administered by VHA that are offered in the city and Clark County.

Regular VHA board meetings are held from 10 a.m. to noon on the fourth Thursday of the month, with executive sessions often beginning at 8 a.m. Meetings are customarily held at the VHA office at 2500 Main St., Vancouver. Occasionally, the chair of the board calls special meetings and work sessions with a 48-hour notice and, from time to time, meetings are held elsewhere.

VHA commissioners are identified as public officials under Washington state law. Therefore, people with personal business conflicts of interest may not be eligible to serve. Such conflicts would include landlords with a rental assistance contract, or vendors, individuals or developers doing business with the VHA. Commissioners serve five-year terms, and may be reappointed by the mayor a maximum of three times.

Applications may be submitted online at To request an application or for further information, contact Jill Brown by mail at Vancouver City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by email at, or by calling 360-487-8600.

Visit for more information about the VHA Board of Commissioners, including links to past meeting minutes and agendas.



Joanna Yorke is the managing editor of the Vancouver Business Journal. She has worked in the journalism field since 2010 after graduating from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. Yorke worked at The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground for six years and then worked at and helped start