Affordable Housing In Columbia County
Oregon

13 Low Income Apartment Communities In Columbia County

Solhavn Apartments

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

Sycamore View Apartments

33445 Sw Sycamore St
Scappoose, Oregon
Call For Rent
2-4 BR

Columbia Hills Retirement Center

36050 Pittsburg Rd
St Helens, Oregon
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Blue Heron Hollow

688 California Ave
Vernonia, Oregon
$516-751
1-3 BR

Big River Apartments

345 North 16th Street St
St. Helens, Oregon

Columbia Park

47 W 7th St
Rainier, Oregon

Gable Park

2544 Gable Rd
St Helens, Oregon

Forest Park Apartments

2545 Columbia Blvd
St Helens, Oregon

Victorian Senior

700 Columbia
Scappoose, Oregon

Tanglewood Apartments

2545 N Coumbia Blvd
St Helens, Oregon

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Columbia County, Oregon

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Columbia County, Oregon

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

There are 13 low income housing apartment communities offering 553 affordable apartments for rent in Columbia County, Oregon.

Income Based Apartments in Columbia County, Oregon

Columbia County features 194 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Columbia County, Oregon

There are 359 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Columbia County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Columbia County, Oregon

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Columbia County landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Columbia County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Columbia County, Oregon for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,320 and $1,614.

2022 Columbia County, Oregon Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Columbia County, Oregon Fair Market Rent $1,197 $1,278 $1,467 $2,073 $2,454
Columbia County, Oregon Payment Standard Range $1,077 to $1,317 $1,150 to $1,406 $1,320 to $1,614 $1,866 to $2,280 $2,209 to $2,699

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Columbia County, OR Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 13
Total Low Income Apartments 553
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 194
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.

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 $96,900

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 HUD Rental Assistance in Columbia County

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Columbia County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$20,300 $23,200 $26,100 $29,000 $31,350 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Columbia County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$33,850 $38,700 $43,550 $48,350 $52,250 $56,100 $60,000 $63,850
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Columbia County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$54,150 $61,900 $69,650 $77,350 $83,550 $89,750 $95,950 $102,150

Cities In Columbia County

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