Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Washington County, OR

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The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Washington County, Oregon
$25.13 (+190%) more than Oregon minimum wage and $31.08 (+429%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve Washington County, 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.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Family Self-Sufficiency, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), Mainstream Voucher programs for Washington County, Oregon.

Go to the Oregon Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Washington County.

How many renters live in Washington County, Oregon?

The County of Washington County has 600,176 people living in 237,319 households.

There are 209,686 renters living in 93,118 renter households in this County. Renters make up 34.94 percent of the population living in Washington County.

What is the rental market like in Washington County, Oregon?

There are an estimated 243,489 housing units in the Washington County area. Of these, 96,215 units are rental homes, making up 40 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Washington County, Oregon, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Washington County?

The rental vacancy rate in Washington County is 3 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

How many rental units are in Washington County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Washington County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
4,380 24,037 39,629 20,476 3,341
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Washington County

A large number of apartments in Washington County have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in Washington County are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 50 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 25 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in Washington County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $1,650 to $3,254. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $1,650
One BR $1,776
Two BR $2,024
Three BR $2,809
Four BR $3,254
2024 Fair Market Rents in Washington County, Oregon

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Washington County?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 1,484 34 percent
One BR 13,659 57 percent
Two BR 11,064 28 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Washington County, Oregon

How many affordable rental units are in Washington County?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Washington County, Oregon including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 4,987
Public Housing 244
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 676
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 50
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 74
USDA Section 515 Rural Rental Housing 56
USDA Section 514 Farm Labor Housing 180
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Washington County, Oregon

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Washington County, Oregon

Washington County features 1,401 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 Washington County, Oregon

There are 3,403 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Washington County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Washington County, Oregon

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Washington County, Oregon for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,822 and $2,226.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.