Fixed rent rates designated to serve households in specific income brackets. The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program creates affordable apartments with lower-than-market rents by offering tax incentives to the property owners. Properties may contain a mixture of market rate units that are not financially assisted and units with reduced rent. This list contains tax credit apartment buildings in the state of Oregon. Rents are based on area median incomes (AMI). The rent prices may vary for the same sized unit in the same building depending on the level of tax credits.
Tenant rent is calculated as a percentage of gross income. Rent is generally 28.5% to 30% of gross income.
- HUD Low Rent Apartments Portland Metro Area (subsidized)
- HUD Low Rent Apartments - Oregon (excluding Mult., Clack., & Wash. Counties) (subsidized)
- Search HUD's reduced rent units for low-income households
Home Forward Programs
Home Forward is the designated Housing Authority for Multnomah County and largest provider of affordable/subsidized housing in the area.
Public Housing and Project Based Section 8
Subsidized housing - subsidy is attached to the building/unit and does not transfer with the tenant should they move. These wait lists are closed. Wait lists open usually 1 - 3 times a year and remain open for about a weeks time. To be notified about waitlist openings sign up on Home Forward's home page here.
Section 8 / Housing Choice Voucher
Home Forward has three preferences that are available for people to sign up for even when out wait lists are closed:
ADA Accessible Unit Preference
Home Forward maintains separate wait lists for their ADA accessible units. There are varying degrees of accessibility features. These units are reserved for individuals needing ADA features like grab bars for balance in the bathroom, lowered countertops and cupboards for easier access, more space in doorways/hallways related to mobility/balance issues or mobility devices. To apply complete the Priority Verification Requiring Unit With Accessible Features, send/take it to their doctor, have them fill out the bottom of the form and once it has been verified, a housing application for the ADA units will be sent to the applicant.
Once completed these applications can either be faxed attention Anna Wilson to 503-280-3766 or emailed to her at Anna.Wilson@homeforward.org she can also be reached for questions at her desk phone, 503-280-3743 [contact info updated 10/29/19].
Congregate Housing Services Program (CHSP)
CHSP is designed to help seniors and people with disabilities live independently in their own apartments. This program is for people who have a disability that impacts their ability to do every day things like standing to cook or bathing safely, grocery shopping, getting transportation or doing housekeeping and laundry. The program may include dinner 7 nights a week, housekeeping, laundry services, an on-site case manager in the building and personal care tasks depending on the individual’s needs. If a person needs assistance with these types of things they may qualify for the program. To be eligible for this program, residents must live at Dahlke Manor, Grace Peck, Holgate House, or Unthank Plaza. Rent is subsidized and tenants pay 28.5% to 30% of their adjusted gross income for rent.
There are two ways to access the program:
Private Pay – The tenant pays 15% of their income for the services package. If an individual is interested and in need of this program, the case manager or they themselves can send a referral email to the contact person below. The referral email should contain the contact information for the applicant and a brief summary of their need for the program. After we receive the referral a Case Manager from our program would do an assessment with the applicant and present it to a committee that votes on eligibility and the case manager would assist them in filling out housing applications.
Medicaid – If they are assessed by Medicaid and found eligible for in-home services such as a home care worker, they would automatically qualify for the program and Medicaid would pay for the services. The Case Manager assigned to them through Aging, Disability and Veteran Services (ADVS) would send a referral form and then Home Forward staff would meet with them to do an assessment and to assist them in filling out housing applications.
Referrals emails and or forms for CHSP can be sent to Adrianna.Rickard@homefoward.org or be faxed attention Adrianna Rickard to 503-280-3766. She can also be reached for questions at 503-280-3703.
Terminal Illness Preference
Home Forward offers priority status to applicants experiencing a terminal illness, who have been diagnosed with a life expectancy of less than 12 months. When a doctor has indicated that a person has 12 months or less to live, the doctor will need to complete the Prospect Priority Verification due to Health form. Call 503-280-3750 for more information and to identify staff at Home Forward to whom the form should be sent. This will allow the participant to be bumped to the top of the wait lists for Section 8 and/or Public Housing.
Single Room Occupancy
Units are limited to one person occupancy and may have shared kitchen and/or bathroom facilities.