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Affordable Housing In Multnomah County

327 Low Income Apartment Communities In Multnomah County

The Cedars

3157 SE Powell Valley Rd
Gresham, Oregon

Eliot Square

33 NE Sacramento St
Portland, Oregon

Hewitt Place ( Section 1602 )

838 SW 28th St
Troutdale, Oregon

Celilo Court

4605 NE 95th Ave
Portland, Oregon

12th Ave Terrace

1515 SW 12th Ave
Portland, Oregon

Northwest Towers

335 NW 19th Ave
Portland, Oregon

Harold Lee Villiage

4023A SE 112th Ave
Portland, Oregon

Hollywood East

4400 NE Broadway St
Portland, Oregon

Bel Park

1001 N Blandena St
Portland, Oregon


4233 N Alaska St
Portland, Oregon

Housing Authorities that serve Multnomah County

Housing Authority Programs
Home Forward Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moving to Work

Guide To Affordable Housing in Multnomah County, Oregon

There are 327 low income housing apartment communities offering 22,813 affordable apartments for rent in Multnomah County, Oregon.

Income Based Apartments in Multnomah County, Oregon

Multnomah County features 7,857 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 Multnomah County, Oregon

There are 14,828 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Multnomah County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Multnomah County, Oregon

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Multnomah County landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Multnomah County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Multnomah County, Oregon for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,346 and $1,645.

2020 Multnomah 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
Fair Market Rent $1,192 $1,289 $1,495 $2,157 $2,625
Payment Standard Range $1,073 to $1,311 $1,160 to $1,418 $1,346 to $1,645 $1,941 to $2,373 $2,363 to $2,888

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Multnomah County, OR Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 327
Total Low Income Apartments 22,813
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 7,857
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 46.21%
Average Renter Household Size 2.25
Average Household Size 2.41
Median Household Income $54,102 ±$784
Median Rent $964 ±$7
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.52% ± 1.1pp
Total Population 768,418

Population and Household Demographics

Multnomah County is a county in Oregon with a population of 768,418. There are 310,669 households in the county with an average household size of 2.41 persons. 46.21% of households in Multnomah County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Multnomah County

The median gross income for households in Multnomah County is $54,102 a year, or $4,509 a month. The median rent for the county is $964 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Multnomah County, a household making less than $3,213 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.52% of households who rent are overburdened in Multnomah County.

Area Median Income In Multnomah 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 Multnomah County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $92,100

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 Multnomah 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 Multnomah County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $19,400 $22,150 $24,900 $27,650 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $32,250 $36,850 $41,450 $46,050 $49,750 $53,450 $57,150 $60,800
80% of Median $51,600 $59,000 $66,350 $73,700 $79,600 $85,500 $91,400 $97,300

Cities In Multnomah County

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City Served By
Cedar Mill The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cedar Mill is the Home Forward.
Fairview The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fairview is the Home Forward.
Gresham The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Gresham is the Home Forward.
Maywood Park The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Maywood Park is the Home Forward.
Portland The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Portland are the Housing Authority of Clackamas County and Home Forward.
Troutdale The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Troutdale is the Home Forward.
West Haven Sylvan The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Haven Sylvan is the Home Forward.
West Haven-Sylvan The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Haven-Sylvan is the Home Forward.
Wood Village The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Wood Village is the Home Forward.