Multnomah County a county in Oregon

This county is served by the Home Forward

Home Forward
Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on September 17th, 2016

Please note: Home Forward covers Multnomah County, OR.
The Home Forward (HF) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for five days in September 2016, and prior to that in November 2012. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live, work, hired to work or receiving education or training in Multnomah County, OR.

3,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the HF website, or call the office at (503) 802-8300.

Home Forward (HF) is not accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list applications at this time. This waiting list was last open for four days in June 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program operates similarly to Public Housing, in which tenants must live in a specific unit to receive housing assistance. For HCV information, please scroll up above the PBV section.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application on the HF website. Applicants were allowed to apply to as many waiting lists as they would like.

These waiting lists have preferences, and the specific preferences vary by each property.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

It is estimated the waiting list length will be five years.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the HF website, or call the office at (503) 802-8300. 

Home Forward
Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
ClosedClosedN/A

Please note: Home Forward covers Multnomah County, OR.
Home Forward (HF) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list applications at this time. This waiting list was last open for specific properties for three days in June 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application. Applicants may have applied to as many open waiting lists as they liked.

These waiting lists have preferences, and the specific preferences vary by each property. Preference information for each property can be found here, under the "Frequently Asked Questions" section.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

It is estimated the waiting list length will be five years.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the HF website, or call the office at (503) 802-8300.

Market Overview

Multnomah County is a county in Oregon. The population of Multnomah County, according to the 2010 Census, is 735,334. The total number of households in the county is 304,540. The average household size for Multnomah County is 2.23. The total number of renter households in the county is 138,330 which means that 45.4% of households are renter households.

Multnomah County’s Federally assisted affordable rental housing stock includes properties financed through the following programs:

ProgramPropertiesUnits
Section 8 72 3,296
LIHTC 199 12,677
Section 202 33 1,219
Section 811 9 148
Public Housing 61 2,695
Total 269 16,965
Note: The total does not necessarily equal the sum of each program as some properties may participate in multiple funding programs.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Multnomah County is 63.10. The largest Federally assisted affordable rental community in the county is Columbia Knoll at 326 units and the smallest is Sam E. Lesher Et. Al. at 1 unit(s). 65 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 4,093 units. Of the 16,965 units, 7,336 units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.

Cities with Federally Assisted Projects in Multnomah County

CityPropertiesUnits
Portland 254 16,016
Gresham 17 1,365
Troutdale 3 432
Fairview 2 197

Federally Assisted Units By Property

Name Total Units
† This Property is Federally Assisted though Unit Counts are not available from HUD.

Rental Assistance for Tenants in Multnomah County

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties.

In Multnomah County, there are 152 affordable housing properties providing rental assistance to 7,336 very low income households. In addition, Home Forward provides 8,384 Section 8 rental vouchers in Multnomah County.

To qualify for most rental assistance programs a renter must earn no more than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). In some cases, rental assistance is reserved for renters earning 30% or less of the AMI. In Multnomah County, to qualify for Section 8 assistance, a renter household containing four persons must earn $36,650 or less. For some targeted rental assistance programs, a renter household of four can’t earn more than $24,300.

It’s important to remember that in many rental assistance programs there are minimum rent regulations requiring assistance recipients to make a minimum payment of between $25 and $50 per month no matter how low their income.

HUD Assistance Income Limits

Persons
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$25,700$29,350$33,000$36,650
Persons
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$15,400$17,600$20,160$24,300

Income Limits

All affordable housing programs provided by or through the government have maximum income limits to qualify for assistance. These income limits are typically derived from the Area Median Income (AMI), the theoretical family income of the average household in a given geography.

The AMI is updated each year for each geographical area taking into consideration numerous economic indicators. The geographical areas used for establishing the AMI are either Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s) or counties.

Multnomah County is in the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA MSA MSA. The 2016 Area Median Income for a family of four in Multnomah County is $73,300.

The income limits used for Section 8, public housing, Low Income Housing Tax Credits. the HOME program and other Federal programs all are derived from the HUD defined AMI.

Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

Persons
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$30,840$35,220$39,600$43,980
Persons
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$25,700$29,350$33,000$36,650

Fair Market Rents (FMR)

HUD establishes a Fair Market Rent each year for each Metropolitan Statistical Area in the country. This rent standard is used to establish Payment Standards for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance. HUD establishes FMR’s for 530 MSA’s and 2,045 counties nationwide each fiscal year.

The FMR is largely a statistical derivative of the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) 5 year estimates for 2 bedroom median rent.

Calculating the maximum allowable rents under various subsidy programs is complex and each program has slightly different rules. In the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Project Based Assistance programs, maximum rents a landlord may charge include any tenant paid utility costs.

This utility allowance includes all necessary utilities like water/sewer, trash, heat, electricity or gas. Cable television, telephone, Internet and other non-essential utilities are excluded from this allowance.

In Project Based Section 8 properties, the owner sets the utility allowance after conducting a utility cost analysis. The amount of the allowance is reviewed and approved by HUD. The utility allowance is different for each size dwelling unit.

In the Housing Choice Voucher program, utility allowances are set by the Public Housing Authority (PHA) that administers the program. The PHA sets the allowance based on reasonable utility costs for similar types and sizes of housing units to the unit the voucher holder is renting.

In Section 8 Project Based apartment communities, the maximum rent a tenant may pay is set by the landlord and approved by HUD each year. Initially, the rent charged by the apartment property is limited to the FMR for the area. In some instances, HUD may approve an initial rent of up to 120% of the FMR for the area. Owners may request and HUD may approve annual contract rent increases based on an Annual Adjustment Factor (AAF) determined by local housing and utility costs changes Though contract rents are seldom exactly the same amount as the Fair Market Rent for the area and each Project Based apartment property will have its own contract rent, the FMR can be used as an approximate guide of what maximum contract rents might be.

The amount a Section 8 Project Based tenant will pay is 30% of their adjusted income.

In the Housing Choice Voucher program, the maximum amount the housing authority will pay a landlord is established each year for similar types and sizes of units and is called a Payment Standard. Each housing authority sets its own Payment Standard and usually sets the amount at between 90% and 110% of the Fair Market Rent for the area.

The amount a voucher holder pays for rent, often referred to as a Tenant Contribution, is equal to 30% of their income. If the rental the tenant selects has rent higher than the housing authority Payment Standard, a tenant may pay up to 40% of their income to make up the difference. At least initially, the tenant would not be allowed to pay more than 40% of their income and would have to find a different rental that has a qualifying rent amount.

In Multnomah County, under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, the Home Forward might pay a landlord with a two bedroom apartment to rent about $1,242 minus the utility allowance. Likewise, a renter in Multnomah County with a Section 8 voucher looking to rent a 3 bedroom apartment must find a rental that rents for about $1,808 per month (including the utility allowance). Any amount more than that, the voucher holder could pay the difference as long as they aren’t paying more than 40% of their income. (Note: These rent amounts are approximate since the housing authority’s Payment Standard is likely to be slightly different than HUD’s published FMR. These FMR’s should only be used as a guide. Check with the Home Forward for their actual HCV Payment Standard.)

2017 Fair Market Rents

Bedrooms
01234
$946 $1,053 $1,242 $1,808 $2,188

Fair Market Rent Percentage Change Since 1988

The affordable housing industry has long used the FMR as barometer for local rents. Though the geographic areas FMR’s are based on are broad and there are often wide variations in neighborhood rents throughout an MSA, in general, the FMR is one of the best quick tools one can use to judge housing costs in a place.

We took a look at historic FMR’s in Multnomah County and found that they have risen an average of 2.78% year over year. The first year in our sample is 1985 when the two bedroom FMR was $375. That same 2 bedroom apartment rent had increased to $912 by 2013. In 2000 the two bedroom FMR in Multnomah County saw it’s largest single year increase going up by 8.84%.

It’s also interesting to look at the FMR compared to the Consumer Price Index’s housing index to understand how Multnomah County rents have fluctuated in comparison to the rest of the Nation. The consumer price index grew an average of -0.89% year over year. The two bedroom FMR in Multnomah County has grown faster than the CPI indicating faster than average rent growth in the market.

The largest single year of 2 bedroom FMR growth was in 2000 at 8.84% while the smallest year of growth was 2005 with a 9.81% decrease.

735,334

Population

2.23

Average Household Size

300,869

Total Renters

138,330

Renter Households

304,540

Total Households

High Renter
(97th percentile)

Renters or Owners

45.4%

% of Renter Households

$922

Median Rent

$65,503

Median Family Income

51.5%

Renters Overburdened

13.14%

Households in 60-80% AMI Range

16,965

Federally Assisted Units

269

Federally Assisted Projects

199/12,677

Tax Credit Projects/Units

72/3,296

Section 8 Projects/Units

33/1,219

Section 202 Projects/Units

9/148

Section 811 Projects/Units

65/4,093

Senior Projects/Units

7,336

Units with Project Based Rent Subsidy

63.1

Average Units Per Property

$1,715,323,200/year

Gross Rent Paid By All Renters

25.1%

Renters with No Vehicle

10.3%

Renters Below Poverty Level

26.5%

Renters Who Taxi, Bike, or Walk to Work

10%

Renters Who Use Public Transit to Work

24%

Renters With Children

4,628

Vacant Units For Rent

3.2%

Vacancy Rate

9.1%

Units With Utilities Included In Rent

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