Pasco City Council members formed the Pasco Housing Authority in 1942, to provide safe and sanitary rental housing for low-income individuals living in sub-standard conditions.
As America’s involvement in World War II (WWII) escalated, provision of temporary housing for those serving on Pasco’s Navy Base became the Housing Authority’s primary goal.
In the years that followed WWII, Pasco, Kennewick and Richland (the Tri-Cities) grew. The Columbia, Snake and Yakima Rivers, rich land ripe for agriculture, easy access to rail lines, and the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, all came together to bring employment opportunities and the need for more housing. In 1965, the Housing Authority began to remove temporary housing built by the Navy during the 1940s, and replace it with permanent homes.
In 1981, Franklin County officials approached the Pasco City Council with a proposition to form a joint housing authority designed to meet the needs of not only low-income individuals within City limits, but those in the rest of Franklin County, as well. A joint housing authority was born and named the Housing Authority of the City of Pasco and Franklin County (HACPFC).
HACPFC works to provide housing and housing assistance to more than 600 families. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides Public Housing subsidy for 280 units owned by and managed by HACPFC. HACPFC owns, and serves as landlord for, 68 housing units not subsidized by HUD. The rent is kept affordable for families earning between 50% and 80% of median income for the Tri-Cities area. In 2014, HACPFC constructed a 38-unit tax credit property named Varney Court.
HACPFC also administers 318 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV). The HCV program provides rental assistance to extremely low-income individuals and families who rent from local landlords in the Tri-Cities area. Through an agreement with the Kennewick Housing Authority (KHA), Housing Choice Voucher holders from HACPFC and KHA may search for a suitable unit in either agency’s jurisdiction.
HACPFC continues to seek opportunities to further affordable housing in the Tri-Cities area to meet the needs of our clients today and in the years to come.