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Home Forward housing programs are meant for households with limited income and other related requirements.

Always provide true, complete, and accurate information on your application forms. Like other landlords, we do background screening for all applicants.  This involves checking:

  • References: We request references from the places you have lived for the past three years. If you can’t provide these, we may be able to use other types of references.

  • Property Debt: We check to see if you owe money to a previous landlord or housing authority. If so, you may need to pay the debt in order to be approved for our services.

  • Criminal History: We consider certain types criminal activity, depending on the type and when it occurred. Applicants may submit supplemental information to help address findings.


Income Guidelines

Using the table below, find the row for your household size, and read across to the right to find your annual household income limit. The columns show the Area Median Income (AMI) percentage, sometimes called Median Family Income (MFI).

Example: A household with 2 people, earning $34,000 a year is above 30% of the Area Median Income but below 50% of the Area Median Income.

Multnomah County is part of the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which contains:

Clackamas County, OR; Columbia County, OR; Multnomah County, OR; Washington County, OR; Yamhill County, OR; Clark County, WA; and Skamania County, WA.

Income Limit areas are based on FY 2023 Fair Market Rent (FMR) areas. For information on FMRs, please see the associated FY 2023 Fair Market Rent documentation system.

These guidelines apply to Section 8, apartment communities managed by Home Forward, and most subsidized housing programs. Income requirements are listed in the property description for every apartment on this website and for our housing programs.

If your income is at or below the AMI shown for any apartment or program we offer, then you meet the income eligibility to rent it. 

2023 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA MSA



Some Project-based Voucher Programs

30% AMI

Housing Choice Voucher

50% AMI

Public Housing

80% AMI


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