Cheap Apartments In Columbia County
Oregon

Columbia Hills Retirement Center

36050 Pittsburg Rd
St Helens, OR
62+
Accessable
Subsidized

Gable Park

2544 Gable Rd
St Helens, OR
HCV Welcome

Blue Heron Hollow

500 California Ave
Vernonia, OR
HCV Welcome

Forest Park Apartments

2545 Columbia Blvd
St Helens, OR
HCV Welcome

Victorian Senior

700 Columbia
Scappoose, OR

There are 13 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 571 affordable apartments for rent in Columbia County, Oregon. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 57 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 0 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Columbia County. There are 325 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Housing Authorities that serve Columbia County

The Northwest Oregon Housing Authority is a Section 8 public housing agency in Warrenton, Oregon.

Understanding Affordable Housing in Columbia County, Oregon

Columbia County, OR Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties13
Total Low Income Apartments571
Total Rent Assisted Apartments57
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters26.6%
Average Renter Household Size2.50
Total Population49,389
Housing Units18,785
Average Household Size2.60
Median Household Income$53,179 ±$2,207
Median Rent$791 ±$34
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened48.13% ± 5.87pp

Population and Household Demographics

Columbia County is a County in Oregon with a population of 49,389. There are 18,785 households in the county with an average household size of 2.60 persons. 26.6% of households in Columbia County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Columbia County

The median gross income for households in Columbia County is $53,179 a year, or $4,432 a month. The median rent for the county is $791 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Columbia County, a household making less than $2,637 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent.48.13% of households who rent are overburdened in Columbia County.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 5.87 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Columbia County

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

In Columbia County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $81,400

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Columbia 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 for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for Columbia County HUD Rental Assistance in Columbia County

Income1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
30% of Median$17,100$19,550$22,000$25,100$29,420$33,740$38,060$42,380
50% of Median$28,500$32,600$36,650$40,700$44,000$47,250$50,500$53,750
80% of Median$45,600$52,100$58,600$65,100$70,350$75,550$80,750$85,950

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Columbia County

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1997 to 2005, 3 low income apartment communities containing 110 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Columbia County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Columbia County by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Columbia County

Income1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
50% of Median$28,500$32,600$36,650$40,700$44,000$47,250$50,500$53,750
HERA 50%$28,700$32,800$36,900$40,950$44,250$47,550$50,800$54,100
60% of Median$34,200$39,120$43,980$48,840$52,800$56,700$60,600$64,500
HERA 60%$34,440$39,360$44,280$49,140$53,100$57,060$60,960$64,920

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Columbia County is $43,980 a year, or $3,665 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,665 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,100 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMIStudio1 Bed2 Bed3 Bed4 Bed5 Bed
50%$713$764$916$1,059$1,181$1,303
60%$855$917$1,100$1,271$1,418$1,564
Fair Market Rents in Columbia County

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2018 Fair Market Rents
StudioOne BRTwo BRThree BRFour BR
$1,026$1,132$1,330$1,935$2,343

Cities In Columbia County

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CityListingsServed By
St Helens8The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves St Helens is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
Rainier1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rainier is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
Vernonia2The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Vernonia is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
Scappoose1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Scappoose is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
Clatskanie1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Clatskanie is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
Columbia City0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Columbia City is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
Deer Island0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Deer Island is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
Prescott0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Prescott is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
St. Helens0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves St. Helens is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
Warren0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Warren is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.