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Low Income Housing In Portland, Oregon

Portland Low Income HousingThere are many resources available for low-income families in Portland to locate and secure affordable housing.  Many of these resources can be found on Portland's city website link called Housing Connections.  By selecting the Search Housing option, residents can choose location and view subsidized rent as well as income-based available properties.  There is also an online affordability calculator that helps residents determine how much rent they can afford at www.housingconnections.org

Residents can also turn to the Housing Authority of Portland (HAP) for low income housing options.  This is an independent corporation focused on helping Portland families with housing needs since 1941.  Their programs include affordable housing developments, public housing and rent assistance programs.

Affordable housing consists of properties that are privately owned.  These properties are divided into two categories, housing that is affordable but not based on income and housing that is based on income.  The income-based option allows tenants to pay only 30% of their income towards rent; landlords receive federal funding that pays the rest.  Income guidelines apply based on family size and income levels at 30-80% of area median income.  These guidelines are available at www.hapdx.org

Public housing, owned and managed by HAP, is also available.  This option also allows tenants to pay only 30% of their adjusted gross income towards rent; the rest is paid by HAP with federal funding.  In addition, residents can choose other area housing options that are privately-owned by landlords who participate in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 8 housing program which provides rental assistance funding.  Under this program, qualifying families must pay 30-70% of their income towards rent; HAP pays landlords directly for the difference.  HAP determines each family’s eligibility and the amount of assistance they can receive. 

Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization, has a unique program that allows low-income families to buy an affordable home at 0% interest after donating 500 hours of their own time to help with the construction.  Read more at www.habitatportlandmetro.org.

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