Affordable Housing In Columbia County
Oregon

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There are 6 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 268 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.

The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Columbia County is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.

Affordable Apartments in Columbia County

500 California Ave
Vernonia, Oregon
Blue Heron Hollow is a 26 unit low income housing apartment community in Vernonia.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Vernonia.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
700 Columbia
Scappoose, Oregon
Victorian Senior is a 51 unit low income housing apartment community in Scappoose.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Scappoose.
Section 515 Rural Rental Housing
2545 N Coumbia Blvd
St Helens, Oregon
Tanglewood Apartments is a 80 unit low income housing apartment community in St Helens.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in St Helens.
HOME
525 E A St
Rainier, Oregon
Columbia Park is a 28 unit low income housing apartment community in Rainier.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Rainier.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
500 SW Belair Dr
Clatskanie, Oregon
Solhavn Apartments is a 57 unit low income housing apartment community in Clatskanie.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Section 515 Rural Rental Housing Rural Development Rental Assistance Project Based Rental Assistance

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 Properties 6
Total Low Income Apartments 268
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 57
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 26.6%
Average Renter Household Size 2.50
Total Population 49,389
Housing Units 18,785
Average Household Size 2.60
Median Household Income $53,179 ±$2,207
Median Rent $791 ±$34
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 48.13% ± 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 $74,700

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.

Columbia County HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% $15,700 $17,950 $20,420 $24,600 $28,780 $32,960 $37,140 $41,320
50% $26,150 $29,900 $33,650 $37,350 $40,350 $43,350 $46,350 $49,350
80% $41,850 $47,800 $53,800 $59,750 $64,550 $69,350 $74,100 $78,900

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.

Columbia County Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% $26,150 $29,900 $33,650 $37,350 $40,350 $43,350 $46,350 $49,350
HERA 50% $26,300 $30,050 $33,800 $37,550 $40,600 $43,600 $46,600 $49,600
60% $31,380 $35,880 $40,380 $44,820 $48,420 $52,020 $55,620 $59,220
HERA 60% $31,560 $36,060 $40,560 $45,060 $48,720 $52,320 $55,920 $59,520

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 $40,380 a year, or $3,365 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,365 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,010 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 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 1 Bed 5 Bed
50% $654 $701 $841 $971 $1,084 $1,196
60% $785 $841 $1,010 $1,166 $1,301 $1,436
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.

2017 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$946 $1,053 $1,242 $1,808 $2,188

Cities In Columbia County

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City Listings Served By
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.
Rainier 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rainier is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
Scappoose 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Scappoose is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
St Helens 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves St Helens 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.
Vernonia 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Vernonia is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.
Warren 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Warren is the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority.