Portland a city in Multnomah County, Oregon

This city 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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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

Portland is a city in Multnomah County, Oregon. The population of Portland, according to the 2010 Census, is 583,776. The total number of households in the city is 248,546. The average household size for Portland is 2.16. The total number of renter households in the city is 115,044 which means that 46.3% of households are renter households.

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

ProgramPropertiesUnits
Section 8 65 2,962
LIHTC 192 12,118
Section 202 29 1,001
Section 811 7 116
Public Housing 47
Total 254 16,016
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 Portland is 63.10. The largest Federally assisted affordable rental community in the city is Columbia Knoll at 326 units and the smallest is Sam E. Lesher Et. Al. at 1 unit(s). 59 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 3,522 units. Of the 16,016 units, units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.

Federally Assisted Units By Property

Name Total Units
Fifth Avenue Court Apartments 96
Laurel Wood Apartments 26
Lents Village Apartments 63
Cascade Crossing 74
Villa De Suenos 28
Shields 81
Pine Point Apartments 24
Multnomah Project 10
Community Partners For Affordable Hsg 42
Hawthorne East 71
Lents 2000 Cif 36
Hazelwood Station 60
Grayco Resources 114
St Francis Apts The 132
Clay Tower Apartments 233
Upshur House 30
Fifth Ave Courts 96
Housing Authority of Portland 48
Halsey Street Project 6
Victorian Inn 62
Trillium Minerva Plaza 15
Sam E. Lesher Et. Al. 1
New Columbia Haven 9 42
Alpha Apartments 22
Beacon Manor 20
Fountain Place 80
El Moro Apartments 95
Roselyn Apartments 31
Burnside Station 21
Trillium Marwood Plaza 40
Silvercrest Residence 75
One Company 55
Margaret Carter Complex 56
1200 Building 89
Irvington Village 104
Trenton Terrace 65
Ritchie Development Corp. 3
Uptown Tower 71
8 Nw 8th Building Rfp 180
Village At Lovejoy Fountain 198
Sequoia Square Apts The 62
Marshall Union Manor 243
Rosenbaum Plaza 76
Biltmore Hotel 76
Park Vista 59
Portland Community Design 48
Scott Crest Plaza Apartments 42
Nawikka Court Apartments 16
Galbreath Associates 33
Reach 120
Me Re Center 10
Country Village Associates 144
Ankeny Woods 42
Reo Properties Ltd. 1
Clinton Ridge Apartments 29
City of Portland; Portland Devel. Comm. 63
Emerson Plaza 16
East County Project 7
Innovation Housing Inc. 96
Powell Plaza II 20
Sadie Feves Trust 18
Multnomah Manor 54
Alberta Phillips Terrace 18
Downtown Community Housing 132
Hacienda Cdc 178
Martha Wells Court 8
Vermont Springs 15
Marion Street Apartments 24
Great Northwest 120
King Dishman Court 14
McCuller Crossing 40
Brian McCarl 113
Candalaria Villa 32
Bookmark The 47
West Gresham Apartments 27
St Vincent Depaul Villa 30
Chaucer Court 83
Rosemont Town Homes 18
Gerding Investment 51
St. James Inc. 109
Garden Park Estates 63
Center Village 60
St Anthony Village 128
Oak Apartments The 90
Empire Place Apartments 70
Kirkland Union Manor I 151
Rockwood Landing 36
Springwater Commons 36
Rosemont Court 100
Tryon Mews 20
Burlwood Apartments 35
Emilie House 41
Alberta Street Apartments 24
Hamilton West Apartments 152
Firgrove Apartments 31
New Columbia Cecelia 131
Kenilworth Park Plaza 77
Westwind Hotel Apartments 70
Hotel Alder Sro 99
St Vincent De Paul Plaza 30
Martin Luther King Manor 16
Lydia Roy Court 18
Rfbs Corporation 14
Holgate Plaza 48
West Ridge Meadows 276
Patton Home The 63
Bronaugh Apartments 51
Fremont Manor 28
Buckman Heights 144
Gateway Park Apartments 144
Fanno Creek 24
Tenino Terrace 94
Unthank Plaza Apartments 80
Minerva Plaza 15
Powell Blvd Apartments 20
Brenneke Acquisitions 22
Los Jardines De La Paz 43
Plaza The 68
Myers Court 19
General Baptist Convention Inc 64
Arbor Glen Apartments 97
Walnut Park Oregon Ltd. 38
Golden West/henry Bldg. Lp 68
Weidler Associates 51
Alder House 132
Sitka Apartments 209
Trillium Holgate Plaza 48
Commons The 172
Lovejoy Station 181
Pier Park Apartments 164
Summer Run Apartments 50
St. Johns Woods 124
Tillicum Court Apartments 16
Grace Peck Terrace 95
Nw Housing Alternatives 62
Woodland Heights Retirement Community 58
Pioneer Abodes 10
Marla Manor 25
Villas De Mariposas 71
Scott Crest Apartments 42
Tualatin Valley Housing Partners 119
Powell Plaza I 47
The Ellington Apartments 264
Collins Circle 124
Halsey Terrace 16
Lone Pine Apartments 18
Kateri Park 50
Estates Plaza 9
Foundation For Social Resource 164
Admiral Apartments 37
Alberta Simmons Plaza 74
Westmoreland's Union Manor 301
Holgate Project 10
Cascadian Terrace 103
Spring Tree Apartments 72
Kirkland Union Manor III 56
Central City Concern 95
Kearney House 33
Dawson Park Plaza Apartments 59
Kirkland Union Manor II 75
Prescott Place 20
Medak Realty 1
Columbia Terrace Retirement Community 61
Midland Commons 46
Macdonald Center Alf 54
Ridgecrest Timbers Apartments 97
Hopewell Apartments 12
Rose Schnitzer Tower 235
Lexington Apartments 54
Park Tower 164
† This Property is Federally Assisted though Unit Counts are not available from HUD.

Rental Assistance for Tenants in Portland

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 Portland, there are 129 affordable housing properties providing rental assistance to very low income households. In addition, Home Forward provides 8,384 Section 8 rental vouchers in Portland.

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 Portland, 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
1234
$25,700$29,350$33,000$36,650
Persons
1234
$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.

Portland is in the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA MSA. The 2016 Area Median Income for a family of four in Portland 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
1234
$30,840$35,220$39,600$43,980
Persons
1234
$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 Portland, 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 Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland 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.

583,776

Population

2.16

Average Household Size

239,598

Total Renters

115,044

Renter Households

248,546

Total Households

High Renter
(84th percentile)

Renters or Owners

46.3%

% of Renter Households

$929

Median Rent

$69,204

Median Family Income

50.9%

Renters Overburdened

8.55%

Households in 60-80% AMI Range

16,016

Federally Assisted Units

254

Federally Assisted Projects

192/12,118

Tax Credit Projects/Units

65/2,962

Section 8 Projects/Units

29/1,001

Section 202 Projects/Units

7/116

Section 811 Projects/Units

59/3,522

Senior Projects/Units

63.1

Average Units Per Property

$1,433,874,000/year

Gross Rent Paid By All Renters

26.8%

Renters with No Vehicle

9.5%

Renters Below Poverty Level

29.3%

Renters Who Taxi, Bike, or Walk to Work

10.6%

Renters Who Use Public Transit to Work

20.3%

Renters With Children

3,659

Vacant Units For Rent

3.1%

Vacancy Rate

9.7%

Units With Utilities Included In Rent

Oregon

State

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