Cheap Apartments In Union County

La Grande Plaza II

713 12th St
La Grande, OR

Grande Woods Apartments

2005 Gekeler Ln
La Grande, OR

Thunderbird Apartments

401 20th St
La Grande, OR

Pinehurst Apartments

1502 21st St
La Grande, OR

La Grande Plaza I

703 12th St
La Grande, OR

There are 19 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 638 affordable apartments for rent in Union County, Oregon. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 269 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 223 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Union County. There are 621 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Housing Authorities that serve Union County

The Northeast Oregon Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in La Grande, Oregon.

Understanding Affordable Housing in Union County, Oregon

Union County, OR Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties19
Total Low Income Apartments638
Total Rent Assisted Apartments269
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters36.16%
Average Renter Household Size2.35
Total Population25,745
Housing Units10,130
Average Household Size2.46
Median Household Income$43,822 ±$2,257
Median Rent$705 ±$39
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened48.29% ± 5.45pp

Population and Household Demographics

Union County is a County in Oregon with a population of 25,745. There are 10,130 households in the county with an average household size of 2.46 persons. 36.16% of households in Union County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Union County

The median gross income for households in Union County is $43,822 a year, or $3,652 a month. The median rent for the county is $705 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Union County, a household making less than $2,350 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent.48.29% of households who rent are overburdened in Union County.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 5.45 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Union 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 Union County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $56,800

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 Union 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 Union County HUD Rental Assistance in Union County

Income1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
30% of Median$12,140$16,460$20,780$25,100$29,420$32,950$35,250$37,500
50% of Median$19,900$22,750$25,600$28,400$30,700$32,950$35,250$37,500
80% of Median$31,850$36,400$40,950$45,450$49,100$52,750$56,400$60,000

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 Union County

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

From 1991 to 2011, 7 low income apartment communities containing 286 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Union County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Union County 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.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Union County

Income1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
50% of Median$19,900$22,750$25,600$28,400$30,700$32,950$35,250$37,500
HERA 50%$20,200$23,050$25,950$28,800$31,150$33,450$35,750$38,050
60% of Median$23,880$27,300$30,720$34,080$36,840$39,540$42,300$45,000
HERA 60%$24,240$27,660$31,140$34,560$37,380$40,140$42,900$45,660

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 Union County is $30,720 a year, or $2,560 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,560 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $768 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 AMIStudio1 Bed2 Bed3 Bed4 Bed5 Bed
Fair Market Rents in Union County

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.

2018 Fair Market Rents
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Cities In Union County

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La Grande14
Island City1
North Powder0