Data Tools

Metro, “You are here: A snapshot of greater Portland’s need for affordable homes”
Metro’s interactive website will show you a greater understanding of the need for affordable homes in the metropolitan region. This tool has three sections: 5 things to know about the regional housing crisis, affordable places to live, and storytelling of opportunities housing has brought to people. 

The Center for Urban Pedagogy, “What is Affordable Housing?”
This Chicago Edition guidebook unravels the term “affordable housing” by breaking down complex words in housing policy. Understand how income affects where people live, affordable housing programs, and share what you’ve learned with a section on how to use the toolkit to run your own workshops. 

Center for Supportive Housing, “Supportive Housing Facts: Evidence”
Center for Supportive Housing engages government leaders and public agencies through systems reform for supportive housing solutions, as well as provides many research-backed tools. This page is helpful when looking at specific impacts of housing and benefits to communities.

“Opportunity Starts at Home”
This one pager gives background to “Opportunity Starts at Home” which is a national campaign to meet the housing needs of the nation’s low-income people. The goal is to advance federal housing policies that expand the affordable housing supply, and provides messaging on how housing influences outcomes in many different sectors. 

NLIHC, “The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes”
The National Low Income Housing Coalition presents an introduction to the housing crisis with key findings, and in depth data to the cause of our national housing shortage. This research shifts the narrative on investing to meet housing needs and eliminating housing poverty.

NLIHC, “Out of Reach”
The National Low Income Housing Coalition documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of renting housing by each state. You can download the full report and take a deeper dive into state data. 

Why do we have an housing affordability crisis?

This chart tells the story very clearly. For families with incomes below 50% Median Family Income (about $35,000 for a family of 4) the Portland metro area is short more than 63,000 affordable rental options. For every 5 'very and extremely low-income' families, there are only 2 affordable housing units. Where do the other 3 families live? The drastic shortage of affordable housing options is the reason kids get bounced around to different schools with every rent increase. It is the reason too many of our aging parents can't afford basic needs like medication and groceries. This explains why families live at risk of homelessness every month trying to make ends meet when the rent is too high. When families don't have access to housing they can afford, everything comes undone.

Welcome Home’s Public Opinion Survey

In the summer of 2015, we conducted public research to understand Multnomah County resident's support for affordable housing. We learned that voters are very concerned about the growing cost of housing, the lack of affordable housing and the rise of homelessness. Voters are looking to local governments to act with revenue and policy solutions and are willing to check "Yes" on their ballots for more affordable homes. We are continue to research policy and public support to build successful campaigns for affordable housing. You can help by using these key messages with your colleagues, family and community! Be a leader and advocate with Welcome Home!

DSC_5807Welcome Home’s Revenue Survey

We conducted a nationwide survey of revenue strategies locally funding affordable housing to produce this Welcome Home Revenue Tools Report. Cities, counties and regional governments across the country are raising millions annually for housing with document recording fees and real estate transfer taxes, linkage and developer impact fees, restaurant and hotel taxes, and local property tax levies. How will the Portland Metro Region decide to invest in our affordable housing and services infrastructure?  Read the report and join in on this important community conversation.

Housing Trust Fund Projects

There are more than 700 housing funds that dedicate resources to build, preserve and ensure affordable housing throughout the country.  Here are a few examples of revenue tools other local governments are using that would also work to fund a Portland Metro region Housing Trust Fund: GO Bonds, Dining Taxes, Developer Impact Fees and a Property Tax Levy. Every year across the US new funds are created and more revenue is dedicated to expand housing opportunity.  The Housing Trust Fund Project tracks these community organizing and local advocacy efforts nationwide.  Learn more about these innovative strategies and get inspired by these housing victories.