Clatsop Community Action (CCA) serves Clatsop County citizens at or below 80 percent of the county’s median income at our Hilltop Apartments.
Clatsop Community Action currently IS accepting applications for both two and three bedroom apartments. Vacancies are filled first by those on a waiting list. At this time, the average wait time is approximately 12 months.
About Hilltop Apartments
Clatsop Community Action (CCA) owns and operates a 22 unit apartment complex called Hilltop Apartments. The complex consists of eleven buildings. It includes four 3-Bedroom (3BR) duplex buildings and seven 2-Bedroom (2BR) duplex buildings for a total of eight 3BR units and fourteen 2BR units. The buildings were built as Naval housing in 1940. The housing was acquired by CCA from Clatsop County Housing Authority in 1994.
In order to qualify for tenancy at Hilltop, a family’s income must be at or below 80% of the County Median Income. We maintain five families with income at or below 80% of the County Median Income. We maintain ten families with income at or below 60% of the County Median Income. We maintain six families with income at or below 50% of the County Median Income. We currently have 38 adults and 22 children living at Hilltop.
Two of the two-bedroom units are set aside as transitional units in order to help families get back onto their feet and back into a home or affordable apartment of their own. The transitional units rent for only $225 per month with a very small one-time refundable security deposit. This enables people who could not otherwise afford to rent somewhere else the chance to get back on the right track of re-establishing and building renters “credibility”. It helps provide the opportunity for the family to overcome the barriers of maintaining affordable housing. It also enables clients to get used to paying rent and utilities in a timely fashion without the burden of a rent payment that they cannot afford. This, in turn, gives them a better chance of succeeding when they move on. The average time allowed in the transitional units is a year. The tenants remain under weekly CCA case management during the entire time they stay in these units.
We also provide a Reduced Rent Program. We reduce the normal rent for two of our two-bedroom tenants and two of our three-bedroom tenants who are at or below 50% of the County Median Income. Specific units are not designated for the program. The participants can be in any unit since they are picked for the program depending on the length of time they have been tenants and the amount of their income. This program is on-going and does not have a restricted time limit.
Our Hilltop Apartments Manager lives in a two bedroom unit on site. Currently we have seven tenants also using NOHA (Northwest Oregon Housing Authority) vouchers to help pay their rent.
Home Depot funded the supplies lin 2008 to replace one severely damaged roof, damaged during the federally declared disaster of December, 2007. A private contractor (Gramada Construction) completed all the labor free of charge. In 2009, we completed a contract to re-roof all the rest of the units through a federally funded weatherization project with the Community Action Team. In 2010 we acquired another Home Depot grant to procure paint supplies. We started repainting units in 2010 and will complete the project in 2011.
In 2009, we also completed another weatherization project which added insulation to all the exterior walls of all the units to help keep our tenants warm and to help keep their utility bills down. Several years ago, all of the windows were replaced with double-paned storm windows, so the units are adequately weatherized.
Future projects will entail interior renovations and appliance replacements.
For more information, please contact CCA at (503) 325-1400 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org