My post just prior to this one includes an Oregon census tract level map showing the rate of HUD housing vouchers per 100 occupied rental units, using 2008 HUD voucher counts and counts of occupied rental units as of 2000.
I thought it would be useful to aggregate and update this data to make comparisons at the county level. So I prepared a ranked table HERE that shows the rate of vouchers per 100 occupied rental units, with breakouts and rankings that use Census 2000 and Census 2010 data. Note that this table does NOT include any project based HUD subsidized projects or public housing, it ONLY includes HUD housing choice vouchers. It also includes only vouchers where a census tract geocode was available; other HUD databases might include additional vouchers without geocodes, but those are likely to be relatively small numbers of vouchers.
- Statewide from 2000 to 2010 , the rate of HUD vouchers per 100 occupied rental units declined from 6.5 to 5.4 because the number of Oregon occupied rental units increased by 20.5%/97,781 units from 2000 to 2010. (The actual rate in 2000 was likely somewhat less than 6.5 since the count of vouchers in 2000 was somewhat less than it was in 2008).
- Using 2010 Census data, the average rate for three Portland metro counties of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington was 4.4 HUD vouchers per 100 occupied rental units; the average rate of 6.3 vouchers per 100 occupied rental units for all other counties was 43.6% higher than the combined average for these three counties. (The 6.3 average rate for the rest of the state outside the 3 county Portland metro area was 17.2% higher than even Multnomah County, which had a 2010 rate of 5.4 vouchers rate per 100 occupied rental units).
TWO TAKE AWAYS:
- HUD vouchers outside of the Portland metro area help a larger share of the rental housing market than they do in the three Portland metro counties ;
- The share of the total rental market helped by HUD vouchers statewide declined from 2000 to 2008/2010.