Seeking Affordable Housing?
Supply / Demand for Affordable Housing
The demand for affordable rent in the Portland Metro Area exceeds the supply of affordable units. Some waitlists are even closed. In addition rent that is affordable to some households is not affordable to other households. The income limits table will help you determine which income bracket you may fall under. This information is important as it will help you align your affordable housing eligibility with the housing you are seeking. Once you have determined whether you fall under these income limits 80% and below, 60% and below, 50% and below or 30% and below the housing links provided below will help you to begin your search for the housing. The sooner you are able to get on a waitlist the sooner you are likely to find affordable housing.
If you have been served an eviction notice, through no cause of your own, and you have 14 or fewer days before eviction, contact Community Connect IMMEDIATELY 503-640-3263.
Anticipate housing application fees.
Application fees up to $75 often apply, charged by for-profit properties and fees up to $25 charged by non-profit owned properties. If you have any reason to believe that you may not qualify due to your income, a past eviction, poor credit, or criminal background be sure and ask for the APPLICANT SCREENING CRITERIA. Oregon landlords are required to provide this information to help you understand the applicant criteria required by the landlord. With this information you should generally be able to self-determine whether paying an application fee is a good idea or not.
If you feel you have been denied housing based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, familial status, disability, source of income, gender identity, and marital status contact the Fair Housing Council of Oregon’s discrimination hotline.
Hotline hours: 1 - 4 pm M / T / Th (subject to change)
503-223-8197 ext. 2 (Portland metro area)
800-424-3247 ext. 2
Or visit their website at www.fhco.org/report-discrimination
Types of Affordable Housing and links.
Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)
Allows you more housing choice by helping you cover all or a portion of your rent. Section 8 vouchers availability varies contact are currently available and the waitlist is closed. Contact the Washington County Housing Authority, 503-846-8611, for more information.
Project Based Voucher
Provides rent assistance at specified properties. Typically serves persons at our below 30% Area Median Income. Contact the Washington County Housing Authority, 503-846-8611, for more information.
Homesharing is a unique arrangement made between two people-one with housing to offer (Home Provider) and the other in need of housing (Home Seeker). Two people enter a shared housing arrangement where the Home Provider charges an affordable rent and the Home Seeker provides services like cleaning, grocery shopping, or pet care.
Metro HomeShare helps Housing Providers stabilize and retain their housing, while offering access to affordable rent for Home Seekers. Typical rents are $400-600 a month.
To be a Home Provider you must:
- Have a spare room in your home and be able to legally rent that spare and willing to live with a housemate and share common areas of the home.
- Be seeking assistance in the form of rent or services or some combination of both.
To be a Home Seeker you must:
- Be in need of housing and willing to live with a housemate and share common areas of the home.
- Be willing to participate in a service exchange agreement as part of the HomeShare arrangement (e.g. housekeeping, pet care, companionship, etc.)
List of affordable housing providing reduced rents.
Some waitlists may be closed.
Barcelona Apartments, Beaverton
1 bedroom units; preference is given to Extremely Low-Income households (at or below 30% of the Area Median Income). Waitlist is closed at this time.
Cascade Management Inc.
1, 2, and 3 bedroom units located in Beaverton.
Guardian Management, Inc.
Tom Brewer House
Drug-free housing located in Beaverton, Oregon. Single Room Occupancy (also called "SRO", a room for a single person with shared bathroom and kitchen), studio and 1 bedroom units. Preference given to applicants who are homeless with a need for substance abuse/mental health services.
Single Room Occupancy (also called "SRO", a room for a single person with shared bathroom and kitchen). Units are located in Tigard, Oregon. Preference given to applicants with a special need for mental health services.
Washington County Housing Authority
The Knoll Apartments
1 bedroom located in Tigard, Oregon. Preference is given to applicants who are chronically homeless (persons with a disabling condition who are currently homeless and who have been homeless for 12 months or more, or have experienced at least 4 episodes of homelessness in the last three years) with a need for Veterans services. Age 55+, only.
Income Property Management
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1 and 2 bedroom apartments located in Hillsboro, Oregon. Preference for extremely low income households (below 30% Area Median Income).
Reach Community Development
1 bedroom apartments located in Hillsboro, Oregon. Age 55+. Preference for extremely low-income households.
Affinity Property Management
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Sunset View Apartments, Beaverton
Currently under construction. Watch Pedcor Companies Opens a New Window. for application opportunities.
Privately Owned Subsidized Housing
Many units will serve incomes between 50% & 60% Area Median Income (AMI). Special needs units may be available. Some units may reach lower incomes with a Project Based Voucher. Apply directly with the property manager of the properties listed below.
Maples I and II, Hillsboro
This is a subsidized rent building for those who are age 62 or older.
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Village at Washington Square, Tigard
A 26-unit development providing workforce and family housing.
Income Property Management
Greenburg Oaks, Tigard
Metzger Park Apartments, Tigard
32 unit complex one, two, and three bedroom units.
Cascade Management, Inc.
Spencer House Apartments, Beaverton
48-unit affordable housing multi-family property that serves families and individuals. 38 of the 48 units have project-based rental assistance, and the housing complex has one, two, and three bedroom units. Public owned or controlled affordable apartments for low-income persons, the elderly, and those with special needs is sometimes available for all incomes up to 80% Area Median Income and is generally the only regulated housing serving incomes between 60% & 80% Area Median Income.
Cascade Management, Inc.
Additional information on housing opportunities is available online: Washington County Housing Authority Opens a New Window.