Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Upcoming $225M Metro Supportive Service Dollars Available Per Homeless Person Varies by County from $19K to $92k.

The graph and table below shows how much would be available by county per homeless person using the county share of homeless population the 2022 PIT count.  (A 1 page PDF version can be downloaded HERE).

Assumptions are:

  1. $225 M available for allocation (I believe this is the Metro projected collections for FY 2022-2023; see page 285 in proposed budget HERE.). 
  2. County distribution formula remains the same as current, and is based on the county on which the tax is collected. Current collection data, which should have seen a big jump in April, is not yet public. This could change distribution shown here. 
  3. No adjustments are made for share of regionwide chronic homeless population counts which is a focus area for the fund. (County data has not yet been released). [Multnomah county had nearly 85% of that sub population in the 2019 PIT survey]. 


The data shows that allocations would vary significantly by county. Multnomah county would get $19K per homeless person in the 2022 PIT, Clackamas County would get $80K, and Washington County would get $92K. That's nearly a 5 to 1 ratio from the lowest to the highest per capita amount. 

Also shown in the table, but not in graph, are per capita amounts per unsheltered person in the 2022 PIT count. That varies from an even WIDER amount from $33K (Multnomah,), to $140K (Clackamas), to $330K (Washington). That's nearly a 10 to 1 ratio from the lowest to the highest per capita amount.

Originally created and posted on the Oregon Housing Blog.

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