Thursday, February 22, 2018

Maps Addition: Boundary Maps for Oregon House and Senate Districts Allow Merger With District Level Data.

I have added two GIS related Shape files to the map tab at the top of the blog.

The files show the boundaries for:
  • The 60 districts of the Oregon House and
  • The 30 Oregon Senate districts.
The files are posted as Google Fusion tables. Posting in that format allows users to merge/join other district level data AND then display that combined data in Google maps.  (You likely will need a Google account to make those merges).

An example of that merging capability is the map I created HERE of renter severe cost burdens for the 30 Senate districts in Oregon.  (Data is the most recent available, published in December 2017 and covers 2012-2016).

Note: I found it surprising difficult to locate Oregon legislative district boundaries in GIS formats on State of Oregon websites.

I had to download .SHP files from the US Census and then convert those files with the free Shape Escape program to create formats that I could import into Google Fusion tables and then display on Google Maps.  

This may partially explain why there is very little public data visible on the web at Oregon state legislative district levels. 

A simple solution for the state would be a centralized posting of Google map compatible boundary files for all Oregon geographies. It's possible that it's out there but I could not find; let me know if you find a link. 

Originally created and posted on the Oregon Housing Blog.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Among Oregon Families W Children, Renter Households More Likely to Have Children Under 6 Than Homeowners: A Breakout by Oregon Senate District.

The PDF HERE and embedded below shows that among Oregon households with children renter households are much more likely to have children less than age 6 (48%) compared to homeowners who have children (33%).  

Moreover, the most recent estimates (2012-2016) show that there are MORE renter households with children under 6 (88,672) than there are home owner families with children under 6. (85,983).

Breakout by Oregon Senate Districts
The PDF includes a breakout by Oregon Senate Districts. There are only 4 of 30 districts where the percentage of home owner households with children who have children under 6 exceeds the percentage of renter households with children who have children under the age 6. 

Interestingly, NONE of the 4 districts have a Republican Senator. 

Severe Rent Cost Burdens Disadvantage Young Children and Put Them at Risk AND Cut Them Off From Wealth Building Advantages of Home Ownership.
This data is particularly relevant for renter households with severe cost burdens. 
(My prior posts on severe cost burdens for renters are HERE; recall that 27.4% of all Oregon renter households have severe cost burdens).

Families who have severe rent cost burdens (paying more than 50% of income for rent) and have children under the age 6 are likely to have substantial difficulties and limited choices in meeting care and early learning needs, placing children at risk of starting their educational life at a severe disadvantage. 

Note also that children in renter households do not benefit from the the loan principal reduction and home value appreciation that helps build multi generational wealth for home owner families.

Originally created and posted on the Oregon Housing Blog.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Correction: A First: Lookup Renter Housing Cost Burdens for Any of the 90 Oregon Legislators in the House and Senate.

Correction: Text changed below to reference ACS table B25070 not B25074,
I have constructed a new Excel workbook HERE and pasted below that allows users to lookup by either district number, or legislator's name, the most currently available rent burden data for that district/member. [ You may need to scroll to the right on the pasted in version below to see all three columns of data; I generally find that downloading and then viewing the file In Excel is the best option].

The default selections are for the Chair of the House Human Services and Housing Committee, and the Chair of the State Revenue Committee. 

Users will be able to see counts of the number of rent burdened and severely rent burdened households and the percentage of all renters in those categories. One of the rows also shows if the member serves on any housing related Committee. 

The far right column is static and shows, for comparison, the statewide count of rent burdened, and severely burdened rental households, and the percentages of all renters in those categories. 

The graph at the bottom of the first worksheet shows the counts and % of cost burdened renter household for the member in the 1st column

Also included in the workbook are additional worksheets that include:
  • A link to on line service that finds the Oregon legislative member and district based on a street address input. 
  • The raw data for both the House and the Senate from ACS 2012-2016, Table B25074, (correction-B25070) published in December of 2017.
  • A listing of Senate and House members including party affiliation and any housing related committees that they may serve on (House Human Services and Housing, House Revenue, Senate Human Services, Senate Revenue and the Joint Ways and Means Sub Committee on Transportation and Economic Development )
  • A graph that shows severe cost burdens for each of the 9 members of the House Human Services and Housing Committee.

Originally created and posted on the Oregon Housing Blog.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Renter Cost Burden Data for 47 Cities W Population 10,000+, W List of 27 Of Those Cities Where 25%+ Of Renters Have Severe Cost Burdens.

Excel table is HERE and embedded below. 

Worksheets include one with links to data sources and all cost burden data for 47 cities with population of more than 10,000.

File opens to worksheet with list of 27 cities where population is 10,000 or higher AND where 25% or more of rental households have severe rent burdens--they pay more than 50% of their income for rent.

Originally created and posted on the Oregon Housing Blog. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Oregon Health and Human Services Committee Districts/Members: Renter Severe Cost Burden Counts and Percentages.

With the start of the Oregon short legislative session this week, I thought it might be useful to begin to parse out key housing data at the district level for State Representatives and Senators. 

A scheduled Thursday February 8th hearing on HB 4006 provided an opportunity to do some additional research. HB 4006 would require that the Oregon Housing and Community Development provide data to cities and counties to conduct an assessment of severe renter cost burdens, with the city and counties then providing a plan to correct those rental cost burdens. [Severe cost burdens occur when renter household pay more than 50% of their income for rent].

I have consolidated my comments on HB 4006 in a PDF file HERE. This document includes a graph I have prepared showing the count and percentage of severe cost burdened renter households for each of the districts of the nine House Human Services and Housing Committee members. The data is the most currently available, from the 2012-2016 ACS data published in December 2017.

I am pasting below the graph from that PDF. The severe cost burden renter household percentage varies from 24% to 32% in the nine districts of the Committee members and averages 28% in those districts (The statewide ALL renter severe cost burden percentage is about the same at 27%). 

I hope to expand renter cost burden data soon to include the districts of ALL Oregon Representatives and Senators. 

As a reminder of cost burdens by income, i have pasted a second image below from my December Excel blog post HERE of multiple geographic levels of renter cost burden data that shows that severe cost burdens are much higher at lower incomes. 

That data shows that statewide in Oregon 99% of ALL of the 154,000 renter households with severe rent burdens had incomes below $50,000.

Oregon Statewide Severe Rent Burdens by Income.

Originally created and posted on the Oregon Housing Blog