Homeless Resources and Housing Information

People who experience homelessness deserve access to services to assist them in becoming stably housed, as well as assist them with accessing other resources to meet their basic needs.  For help, call the Homeless Outreach Services Team at 651-430-6488.

Homeless Services

Street outreach programs support individuals who are experiencing homelessness and living outside.

Contact the Washington County Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST) at 651-430-6488.

Housing Resources

Affordable housing is defined as housing that costs the household no more than 30 percent of its gross monthly income. What one person finds affordable may not be affordable for someone else.

View a listing of affordable housing in the metro area (PDF)

Different housing options to consider

Housing Benefits 101

HB101 is a free, statewide resource network that helps solve problems and navigate the system of available housing benefits and resources.

Housing Choice Vouchers

A government-funded program that helps low income households pay the rent on private, market-rate rental units. 

Market Rate Housing

The cost of market rate housing is determined entirely by the state of the rental market in the community. It can change based on the supply and demand of the housing market. Housinglink

Project-based Section 8 Housing

A government-funded program that provides rental housing to low income households in privately owned and managed rental units. The subsidy stays with the building. 

  • Project-based Section 8 Housing often has waiting lists so be sure to contact the property owner or manager directly to inquire. 

Tax Credit Housing

Often referred to as LIHTC (Low Income Housing Tax Credit), formally Section 42, tax credit housing may be more affordable than market rate housing. View more information about tax credit housing on the HousingLink website.

Washington County Community Development Agency (CDA)

The Washington County CDA has information on other options, such as workforce housing and senior housing. Get help from the Washington County CDA.

Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program

The Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP) is available to individuals and families who need help with housing expenses or are facing a housing crisis. You may be eligible for help with your rent, utilities or other housing costs. 

Informational flyers:

Community Involvement: Heading Home Washington

Heading Home Washington logoHeading Home Washington is a community collaborative dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness in Washington County. It brings together members of the public, Washington County staff, representatives from local nonprofit organizations, and the faith community.


Meetings take place virtually on the second Wednesday of every month from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

In-person meetings take place every third month (March, June, September and December) at the Oakdale Library from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Meetings are an opportunity for individuals to actively engage in discussions, gain insights, and contribute to finding solutions to homelessness in the Washington County community. Attendance is open to everyone.


Contact Jenny Mason, Washington County Community Development Agency, for questions about HHW. View the brochure (PDF) regarding the work and mission of this group.