Public Housing

Housing Options

Kelso Housing Authority owns and manages public housing developments and administers public housing programs under contract with Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Kelso Homes


The Kelso Homes duplexes located in South Kelso provide decent, safe and affordable housing to low-income families. There is a total of 50 units that range from one (1) bedroom to four (4) bedrooms.

The Cowlitz Villa Public Housing development located in South Kelso provides decent, safe and affordable housing to seniors (62 years of age and older). There are a total of 50 units at the Cowlitz Villa that range from studios to two (2) bedrooms. It also has two reserved handicapped accessible units. 

The Kalama Homes duplexes are located on Military and Cloverdale Road in Kalama. They provide a decent, safe and affordable housing for low-income families.  There is a total of 16 units and they range from two (2)  and three bedrooms.

To be eligible for Kelso Housing Authority's Public Housing program applicants must:



Public Housing Waiting List Notice of Closure

Kelso Housing Authority 06/21/2019

Beginning June 21, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. the Kelso Housing Authority will close all wait lists for the Public Housing programs.


[PH Occupancy Guidebook, page 31.]  The PHA is permitted to close the waiting list, in whole or in part, if it has an adequate pool of families to fill its developments. The PHA may close the waiting list completely, or restrict intake by project, or by size and type of dwelling unit

Admissions Continued Occupany Policy 4-9 Closing the Waiting List The PHA will close the waiting list when the estimated waiting period for housing applicants on the list reaches 24 months for the most current applicants. Where the PHA has particular preferences or other criteria that require a specific category of family, the PHA may elect to continue to accept applications from these applicants while closing the waiting list to others.


Applications for the Public Housing program post-marked prior to June 28, 2019, will be accepted and placed on the waiting list.


The following waiting lists will remain closed until further notice:

  1. Public Housing Kelso Homes and Kalama Homes 

  2. Public Housing Cowlitz Villa (Senior 62+ Property)


Currently wait list is closed as of July 1, 2017

 The wait time for the Public Housing Duplex lists varies according to vacancy.