To reach the 39 per 1,000 rate of vouchers per rental households in the rest of Clackamas county, vouchers in Lake Oswego would have to increase to 195, nearly EIGHT times the current level of 25 vouchers [Clackamas county has authorization for 1,656 vouchers].
A key factor to explain why vouchers are not used more in Lake Oswego is that HUD metro wide fair market rents have not been high enough.
- Property owners in Oregon are now required to accept voucher holders using the same criteria as other applicants.
- The publication this year of small area rents by HUD and the simplification of the process for adopting those rents makes it feasible for more vouchers to be used in Lake Oswego. [HUD no longer has to review requests for small area rents below 110% of the small area rent it publishes ].
In the PDF document I advocate, and provide draft language for, the city of Lake Oswego to submit a request to the Clackamas county housing authority to increase voucher rents in Lake Oswego zip codes 97034 and 97035.
Originally created and posted on the Oregon Housing Blog.