Homelessness and Housing: Information and Resources
Quick Facts About Homelessness
For more detailed information, read the full 2017 Multnomah County Homeless Point-in-Time Count here.
In Portland, the average one-bedroom apartment is more than $1,100 per month, according to data from Multifamily NW. That number has grown 20 times faster than the median income since 2015. More than 18,000 people in Multnomah County rely on federal disability checks of $735 per month. For those making minimum wage, these rent increases have made it much more difficult to afford an apartment in our community.
According to research from Oregon Housing and Community Services, there are 123,000 very low-income renters in Multnomah County – folks who are making 0-30% of Median Family Income. In contrast, there are only 59,000 units (apartments) that are affordable to that income range. That means that over 60,000 people are literally not able to find an apartment they can afford.For the past four years, JOIN has been an instrumental part of the critical advocacy efforts of the Welcome Home Coalition, including the passage of the Yes for Affordable Homes bond last fall. For more information about some exciting new developments on the near horizon, visit Portland’s Housing Bond website here.
Some helpful resources
For information about local issues and advocacy efforts:
For information about national issues and advocacy efforts: