Affordable Housing In Columbia County
Oregon

12 Low Income Apartment Communities In Columbia County

Solhavn Apartments

500 SW Bel Air Dr
Clatskanie, OR
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Blue Heron Hollow

688 California Ave
Vernonia, OR
$516-751
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Columbia Hills Retirement Center

36050 Pittsburg Rd
St Helens, OR
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Gable Park

2544 Gable Rd
St Helens, OR
HCV Welcome

Forest Park Apartments

2545 Columbia Blvd
St Helens, OR
HCV Welcome

Victorian Senior

700 Columbia
Scappoose, OR

Woodland Trail Apartments

345 N 16th St
St Helens, OR

Tanglewood Apartments

2545 N Coumbia Blvd
St Helens, OR
HCV Welcome

Cornerstone

591 Columbia Blvd
St Helens, OR
HCV Welcome

Columbia Park

525 E A St
Rainier, OR
HCV Welcome

Housing Authorities that serve Columbia County

Housing Authority Programs
Northwest Oregon Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Homeownership Voucher; Family Self-sufficiency

Guide To Affordable Housing in Columbia County, Oregon

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 12 low income housing apartment communities offering 545 affordable apartments for rent in Columbia County, Oregon. Columbia County features 90 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 455 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Columbia County.

Columbia County, OR Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 12
Total Low Income Apartments 545
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 90
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 26.6%
Average Renter Household Size 2.50
Average Household Size 2.60
Median Household Income $53,179 ±$2,207
Median Rent $791 ±$34
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 48.13% ± 5.87pp
Total Population 49,389

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

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 $87,900

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

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $18,450 $21,100 $23,750 $26,350 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $30,800 $35,200 $39,600 $43,950 $47,500 $51,000 $54,500 $58,050
80% of Median $49,250 $56,250 $63,300 $70,300 $75,950 $81,550 $87,200 $92,800
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.

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

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $30,800 $35,200 $39,600 $43,950 $47,500 $51,000 $54,500 $58,050
60% of Median $36,960 $42,240 $47,520 $52,740 $57,000 $61,200 $65,400 $69,660

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 $47,520 a year, or $3,960 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,960 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,188 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 AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $770 $825 $990 $1,143 $1,275 $1,407
60% $924 $990 $1,188 $1,372 $1,530 $1,688
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.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$1,192 $1,289 $1,495 $2,157 $2,625

Cities In Columbia County

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City Listings Served By
St Helens 8 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves St Helens is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
Rainier 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rainier is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
Vernonia 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Vernonia is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
Scappoose 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Scappoose is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
Clatskanie 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Clatskanie is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
Columbia City 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Columbia City is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
Deer Island 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Deer Island is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
Prescott 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Prescott is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
St. Helens 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves St. Helens is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
Warren 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Warren is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.