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Affordable Housing In Portland
Multnomah County, Oregon

300 Low Income Apartment Communities In Portland

Terrace at Mount Scott Apartments

10125 SE Bob Schumacher Rd
Portland, Oregon
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Belmont Dairy Apartments and Lofts

3340 SE Morrison St
Portland, Oregon
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
Market Rate

Buckman Heights Apartments

430 NE 16th Ave
Portland, Oregon
$712-1,250
Studio-2 BR

Center Village Apartments

5845 NE Hoyt St
Portland, Oregon
Call For Rent
2-4 BR

Collins Circle

1701 SW Columbia Street
Portland, Oregon
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR

Milepost 5

850 NE 81st Avenue
Portland, Oregon
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR

Hawthorne East Apartments

1420 SE 16th Ave
Portland, Oregon
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized
Accessible
62+

Humboldt Gardens

5025 N Vancouver Ave
Portland, Oregon
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

St. Francis Park Apartments

1177 SE Stark St
Portland, Oregon
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR

Emilie House

5520 NE Gliaan St
Portland, Oregon
Income Based
1 BR
62+
Accessible
Accessible
Subsidized
Elderly Supportive Housing

Housing Authorities that serve Portland

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Portland, Oregon

There are 300 low income housing apartment communities offering 20,564 affordable apartments for rent in Portland, Oregon.

Income Based Apartments in Portland, Oregon

Portland features 7,111 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 Portland, Oregon

There are 13,325 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Portland.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Portland, Oregon

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Portland landlords $800 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Portland.

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

2020 Portland, 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 AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Portland, OR Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 300
Total Low Income Apartments 20,564
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 7,111
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 47.07%
Average Renter Household Size 2.16
Average Household Size 2.34
Median Household Income $55,003 ±$853
Median Rent $971 ±$9
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 50.89% ± 1.24pp
Total Population 612,206

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.

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 $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 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.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Portland

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