Rental Housing In Oregon

Oregon Rental Overview

The population of Oregon, according to the 2010 Census, is 3,831,074. The total number of households in the state is 1,518,938. The average household size for Oregon is 2.38. The total number of renter households in the state is 574,453 which means that 37.82% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, Oregon is ranked 7th in percentage of renters. District Of Columbia is ranked first with 57.99% and West Virginia ranks last with only 26.55%.

According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the median rent paid among all renter households and housing types and sizes in Oregon is $877 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Oregon ranks 21st for the highest median rent. Hawaii ranks first at $1,387 and West Virginia ranks last at $618. Though rents are set more locally, statewide median rents provide a basic outlook of housing costs for each state.

The number of vacant rental units in Oregon is 29,729 representing a vacancy rate of 5.3%. Among all U.S. states, Oregon ranks 6th for the lowest vacancy rates. New York ranks first with a vacancy rate of 4.5% and South Carolina ranks last with a vacancy rate of 12.9%. As lower vacancy rates are an indication of a healthier rental housing portfolio, Oregon’s rental housing portfolio is performing well above the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 254 9,118
Section 202 78 2,690
Section 811 32 531
Section 515 181 6,008
RDRA 177 4,659
LIHTC 556 30,277
Senior 264 11,105
Public Housing 76 1,252
Section 8 Voucher 23 34,616
Total 954 45,593
Note: The total does not necessarily equal the sum of each program as some properties may participate in multiple funding programs.

‡This program is not project based, instead Housing Authorities provide vouchers to individual renters. In the state of Oregon there are 23 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Oregon is 47.80. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Portland at 16,016 units and the smallest is La Grande at 6 unit(s). 264 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 11,105 units. Of the 45,593 units, 4,213 units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.

Affordable Housing by Counties in Oregon ranked by federally assisted units

There are 34 counties or county equivalents in Oregon. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Multnomah County at 735,334 and the smallest is Sherman County at . The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Multnomah County at 45.42% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Sherman County at 0%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in Oregon ranges from a low of 0 units per 1,000 renter households in Sherman County to a high of 310.9 units per 1,000 renter households in Union County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in Oregon is 128.8 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in Oregon. All major affordable housing programs are provided on a county by county basis. Click on the name of the county to see a more in depth summary of affordable housing in that county.

CountyTotal Units
Multnomah County 16,965
Washington County 5,324
Lane County 3,512
Clackamas County 2,942
Marion County 2,212
Jackson County 2,096
Umatilla County 1,501
Deschutes County 1,254
Douglas County 1,177
Yamhill County 838
Linn County 795
Lincoln County 700
Josephine County 633
Coos County 604
Hood River County 459
Malheur County 458
Clatsop County 438
Union County 418
Columbia County 406
Klamath County 354
Benton County 339
Wasco County 300
Polk County 278
Morrow County 262
Curry County 262
Jefferson County 231
Tillamook County 223
Crook County 206
Wallowa County 133
Harney County 110
Baker County 80
Grant County 79
Lake County 44
Sherman County -

Affordable Housing by City in Oregon ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 147 cities in Oregon that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 3,831,074, La Grande has the largest population of these cities. There are 1 Federally assisted housing communities in La Grande which are home to about 6 families, most of which are lower income families.

The table below provides a summary of all Federally assisted housing communities by city in Oregon. All the major affordable housing funding program breakdowns are provided. Click on the city name to get a full affordable rental housing report for each city in Oregon.

CityTotal Units
Portland 16,016
Eugene 2,280
Salem 1,579
Gresham 1,365
Beaverton 1,081
Medford 1,010
Hillsboro 863
Bend 847
Tigard 809
Tualatin 604
Wilsonville 603
Oregon City 594
Grants Pass 581
Aloha 528
Roseburg 527
Mcminnville 493
Hermiston 484
Springfield 470
Hood River 435
Troutdale 432
Canby 384
Lincoln City 381
Milwaukie 361
Umatilla 352
Redmond 348
Albany 346
La Grande 345
Ontario 341
Corvallis 339
Forest Grove 332
Klamath Falls 320
Woodburn 308
Pendleton 302
The Dalles 288
Lebanon 278
Florence 277
Newport 244
Madras 231
Boardman 230
Oatfield 229
Ashland 215
Tillamook 211
Coos Bay 208
Prineville 206
Fairview 197
Sandy 197
Central Point 194
Stayton 191
Cottage Grove 183
Brookings 173
Milton-freewater 169
Estacada 161
Bandon 158
Talent 156
Newberg 154
Eagle Point 154
Astoria 152
Phoenix 147
Reedsport 142
Winston 141
Seaside 140
Dallas 129
Silverton 126
Myrtle Creek 126
Molalla 120
Sweet Home 114
St Helens 112
Monmouth 111
Rogue River 110
Coquille 99
Junction City 98
Sutherlin 94
Happy Valley 93
Sherwood 92
Nyssa 85
North Bend 83
Enterprise 79
Warrenton 76
Milton Freewater 76
Dundee 76
Lake Oswego 75
Cannon Beach 70
Canyonville 68
Gold Beach 63
John Day 61
Baker City 60
Hermistion 60
Burns 58
Mission 58
Clatskanie 57
Veneta 56
White City 54
Hines 52
Joseph 52
Cave Junction 52
Waldport 50
Oakridge 48
Govt Camp 48
North Plains 45
Jefferson 44
Lakeview 44
Lagrande 43
Harrisburg 41
Glendale 41
Independence 38
Creswell 36
Mount Angel 34
Sisters 33
Vale 32
Dayton 32
Lafayette 32
Myrtle Point 30
Rainier 28
Sheridan 27
Powers 26
Vernonia 26
La Pine 26
Port Orford 26
Cornelius 25
Yachats 25
Molalla, 25
Heppner 24
Sublimity 24
Riddle 24
Jacksonville 24
Willamina 24
Shady Cove 24
Elgin 24
Cascade Locks 24
Scappose 22
Scappoose 21
Baker 20
Prairie City 18
Lowell 16
Drain 14
Chiloquin 14
Nehalem 12
Mosier 12
Merrill 12
Hubbard 8
Scio 8
Brownsville 8
Bonanza 8
Irrigon 8
Gold Hill 8
La Grande 6
Keizer -

Housing Authorities in Oregon ranked by assisted units and vouchers

Housing authorities are governmental (or quasi-governmental) entities that manage various Federal housing assistance programs on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These programs include Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and other programs.

There are 23 housing authorities in Oregon. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 23 housing authorities, 73.9% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in Oregon by total housing assistance units managed is Home Forward with 11,079 public housing units under management (2,695 public housing units and 8,384 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in Oregon and includes each housing authorities public housing and Section 8 voucher count. Click on the housing authority name to get more details on the housing authority.

NamePublic Housing UnitsSection 8 Vouchers
Home Forward 2,695 8,384
Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County 708 2,925
Salem Housing Authority 307 3,057
Housing Authority of Washington County 243 2,635
Linn-Benton Housing Authority - 2,486
Housing Authority of Clackamas County 547 1,630
Housing Authority of Jackson County - 2,100
Housing Authority of Yamhill County - 1,343
Marion County Housing Authority 10 1,182
Northwest Oregon Housing Authority - 1,148
Housing Works - 1,140
Housing And Urban Renewal Agency of Polk County 377 699
Housing Authority of Douglas County 154 736
North Bend City/Coos-Curry Housing Authorities 52 801
Josephine Housing & Community Development Council - 842
Northeast Oregon Housing Authority 129 710
Klamath Housing Authority 59 776
Housing Authority of Lincoln County 119 497
Mid-Columbia Housing Authority - 551
Umatilla County Housing Authority 118 329
Housing Authority of Malheur & Harney Counties 40 374
Columbia Gorge Housing Authority - 271
North Bend City/Coos-Curry Housing Authorities 108 -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Oregon has a total of 954 rental properties that receive at least one form of Federal housing assistance and are at least partially reserved for low income persons. These properties contain an estimated 45,593 rental housing units. (Note: Some of the Federal source data we use does not include total unit count for a property -- most notably the LIHTC database -- so the number of units listed here may be less than the actual.)

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program is the largest assistance program by unit count. The program assists 30,277 in Oregon.

3,831,074

Population

2.38

Average Household Size

1,357,689

Total Renters

574,453

Renter Households

$875

Median Rent

$6,316,130,400/year

Gross Rent Paid By All Renters

31,419

Vacant Units For Rent

5.2%

Vacancy Rate

45,593

Federally Assisted Units

954

Federally Assisted Projects

556/30,277

Tax Credit Projects/Units

254/9,118

Project Based Section 8 Projects/Units

181/6,008

Section 515 Projects/Units

78/2,690

Section 202 Projects/Units

32/531

Section 811 Projects/Units

177/4,659

RD Rental Assisted Projects/Units

264/11,105

Senior Projects/Units

4,213

Units with Project Based Rent Subsidy

47.8

Average Units Per Property