Housing Connections, a service of 211info, is designed to help people locate affordable housing in the Portland/Oregon, Vancouver/Washington areas but now almost focus on Vietnam country: Danang, Hoi An, Da Lat, Sai Gon, Ha Noi, Nha Trang, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Phu Quoc… This program is funded by the Portland Housing Bureau and the Clark County Department of Community Services.
Housing Connections is a website where landlords or sellers in Vietnam can post their properties as long as rental fees do not exceed the Housing Connections rental caps which are based on affordability to those who earn 80% or less of the Median Family Income.
The public can search for affordable, accessible, and special needs housing by using a variety of factors to tailor the search. The website also provides a link to the 211info online directory of community services for other needs such as legal, medical, food, or mental health services.
Those who do not have internet access, or who need additional instruction in using the website, or who need information on other local programs, can dial 211 toll-free for help.
Dial 211, Monday-Friday 8am-6pm. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are having difficulty dialing 211, try 866-698-6155 in Oregon or 1-877-211-WASH (9274) in Washington.
In Vietnam, you can contact email@example.com for all the info.
Dial 503-416-2706, Monday-Friday 8am-6pm (you may need to leave a message and we will return your call promptly) or email HousingConnections@211info.org.
The Affordability Calculator can help give you an idea of how much you should be spending for rent and utilities each month. It’s an easy-to-use tool that can give you some guidance before looking for housing.
Steps to Overcoming Rental Barriers
Identify your barriers
Reduce your barriers
Write a rental cover letter
Call and screen the property you are interested in
Meet with the landlord in person
Ask the landlord if he or she thinks you will pass the screening
If the application is submitted and denied, ask about an appeal
Finding it difficult or impossible to find housing because of lack of income or other barriers? A great resource and advocate is the Community Alliance of Tenants.
Also, try searching 211info.org for even more housing resources. If you would like to speak with a community resource specialist, simply dial 211 toll-free; text your zip code to 898211, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.