Affordable Housing In Portland
Multnomah County, Oregon

307 Low Income Apartment Communities In Portland

Nesika Illahee

6370 NE 42nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon

Myers Court

2600 N Williams Ave
Portland, Oregon
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Ankeny Woods

12016 SE Ankeny St
Portland, Oregon

Plaza Townhomes

5802 N Michigan Ave
Portland, Oregon
Subsidized

Rose Schnitzer Tower

12 NW 12th Ave
Portland, Oregon
Subsidized

Kenilworth Park Plaza

3214 SE Holgate Blvd
Portland, Oregon
Subsidized

Hopewell Apartments

1264 SW Cheltenham St
Portland, Oregon
Subsidized
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing

Kirkland Union Manor II

3535 SE 86th Ave
Portland, Oregon
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Lone Pine Apartments

111 NE 162nd Ave
Portland, Oregon
Subsidized
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing

Columbia Terrace Retirement Community

16932 SE Division St
Portland, Oregon
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Portland, 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 Portland, Oregon

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; Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Portland, Oregon

There are 307 low income housing apartment communities offering 20,227 affordable apartments for rent in Portland, Oregon.

Income Based Apartments in Portland, Oregon

Portland features 7,234 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 12,791 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 $1,320 and $1,614.

2022 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
Portland, Oregon Fair Market Rent $1,197 $1,278 $1,467 $2,073 $2,454
Portland, 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.

Portland, OR Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 307
Total Low Income Apartments 20,227
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 7,234
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 $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 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

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland 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