Affordable Housing In Portland
Multnomah County, Oregon

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There are 344 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 20,083 affordable apartments for rent in Portland, Oregon. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 6,982 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 2,444 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Portland. There are 14,420 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 Agencies that serve Portland are the Housing Authority of Clackamas County and Home Forward.

Affordable Apartments in Portland

240 SE 160th Ave
Portland, Oregon
Burnside Station is a 21 unit low income housing apartment community in Portland.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Project Based Rental Assistance Accessible Units Persons With Disabilities
2600 N Williams Ave
Portland, Oregon
Myers Court is a 19 unit low income housing apartment community in Portland.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units
12 NW 12th Ave
Portland, Oregon
Rose Schnitzer Tower is a 235 unit low income housing apartment community in Portland.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Low Income Housing Tax Credit Project Based Rental Assistance
2405 SE Umatilla Street
Portland, Oregon
Tenino Terrace is a 94 unit low income housing apartment community in Portland.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
3214 SE Holgate Blvd
Portland, Oregon
Kenilworth Park Plaza is a 77 unit low income housing apartment community in Portland.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance

Housing Authorities that serve Portland

The Housing Authority of Clackamas County is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Oregon City, Oregon.

Understanding Affordable Housing in Portland, Oregon

Portland, OR Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 344
Total Low Income Apartments 20,083
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 6,982
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 47.07%
Average Renter Household Size 2.16
Total Population 612,206
Housing Units 254,167
Average Household Size 2.34
Median Household Income $55,003 ±$853
Median Rent $971 ±$9
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 50.89% ± 1.24pp

Population and Household Demographics

Portland is a City in Multnomah County, Oregon with a population of 612,206. There are 254,167 households in the city with an average household size of 2.34 persons. 47.07% of households in Portland are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Portland

The median gross income for households in Portland is $55,003 a year, or $4,584 a month. The median rent for the city is $971 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Portland, a household making less than $3,237 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 50.89% of households who rent are overburdened in Portland.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 1.24 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Portland

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.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Portland, the AMI is calculated from all households within Multnomah County.

In Portland, 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 Portland

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.

Portland 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 Portland

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

From 1987 to 2012, 206 low income apartment communities containing 13,339 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Portland by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Portland 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.

Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland

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