Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Updated Minority Use of Vouchers in 3 County Portland Metro; African American Renter Utilization Rate Highest.

Long time readers may recall a May 2011 posting HERE that provided estimates of the use of vouchers by race and ethnicity for the 3 county Portland metro area. 

I have updated that post with Feb 2014 voucher data and ACS 2012 3 year tenure data by race and ethnicity in an Excel workbook HERE and embedded below; the workbook includes a table and a graphic.  

With some minor changes most of the observations I made previously remain the same, but one deserves continued emphasis:

Nearly 1 in 5 of ALL African American Renter Households in Multnomah County use the Voucher Program; That Rate Would be Even Higher If All Subsidized Rental Programs Were Added.

The use of all HUD rental assistance programs by African American households would substantially higher since this analysis does NOT include public housing, project based vouchers, short term rental assistance, HUD project based Section 8, or LIHTC housing (unless the HH also uses a tenant based voucher).  The near certain addition of just 607 additional African American households in these other subsidized rental programs would increase the utilization rate of subsidized rental housing past 25% percent of ALL African American rental households in Multnomah County. 
Note Also: African Americans Represent Nearly 1 in 4 of all Voucher Holders (24%) in the 3 County Portland Metro Area

Therefore, efforts to expand housing choice and access to opportunity will disporoportionately impact African American rental households. 

Originally created and posted on the Oregon Housing Blog.

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