I used the data query tool to extract updated 2008-2012 data for the City of Portland and compare it to 2007-2011 data. Some observations:
- The 52,100 renter HH's below 50% of median family income represent 45% of all 114,770 renter HH's in Portland.
- However, 28,810 of these below 50% MFI renters HH's have severe rent burdens [more than 50% of income for rent]; they represent 93% of all 31,090 renter HH's with severe cost burdens.
- Among the 39,000+ renter HH's with incomes above 80% MFI, there were only 265 renter HH's with a severe cost burden. [Editorial comment: Severe cost burdens do NOT appear to be a significant issue for renter HH's at "workforce housing" and above income levels].
- The number of renter HH's below 50% of median family income with severe cost burdens increased by 1,015 households.
- The number of renter HH's ABOVE 50% of median family income with severe cost burdens decreased by 355 households.
Originally created and posted on the Oregon Housing Blog.