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HUD Median Income Limits for Oregon Compared to Poverty Income: 2012

The table below compares the 2012 federal poverty income guidelines with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) 2012 family income limits.

HUD income limits, which are calculated for metropolitan areas and counties in Oregon as well as the state as a whole, establish eligibility for a variety of housing programs. The table thus shows the maximum income that families of various sizes can have and still qualify for various housing programs. It also shows how far below this level officially poor families are.

HUD considers families at 80 percent of the area median income level to be "low income" and families at 50 percent of the area median income level to be "very low income." In general, housing is considered affordable if it costs no more than 30 percent of a household's income.

For example, generally only families with incomes lower than 50 percent of the median local income level are eligible for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, which assist low-income families with the cost of renting privately owned housing. (At least 75 percent of families receiving Section 8 assistance must have incomes below 30 percent of the area median.) To qualify for some public housing, affordable housing and homeownership assistance programs, families must have incomes below 80 percent of the area median.

HUD limits are based on median income figures, adjusted for family size and geographical variations in the cost of housing. Thus, they are not estimates of actual family incomes. Estimates of Oregon median family income are available from the U.S. Census Bureau.

2012 Median Family Income Compared to 2012 Poverty Income Guidelines

Number in Family

Annual Poverty Income

Estimated HUD Median Income

HUD Median as Percent of Poverty Income

HUD Low Income Limit (80% of median)

HUD Low Limit as Percent of Poverty Income

HUD Very Low Income Limit (50% of median)

HUD Very Low Limit as Percent of Poverty Income

1

$11,170

$44,700

400%

$35,800

321%

$22,350

200%

2

$15,130

$51,100

338%

$40,900

270%

$25,550

169%

3

$19,090

$57,500

301%

$46,000

241%

$28,750

151%

4

$23,050

$63,900

277%

$51,100

222%

$31,950

139%

5

$27,010

$69,000

255%

$55,200

204%

$34,500

128%

6

$30,970

$74,100

239%

$59,300

191%

$37,050

120%

7

$34,930

$79,200

227%

$63,400

182%

$39,600

113%

8

$38,890

$84,300

217%

$67,500

174%

$42,150

108%

Over 8 add per child

$3,960

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Table sources: Poverty data from Federal Register Vol. 77, No. 17, January 26, 2012, pp. 4034-5. Median Family Income data computed using Dept. of Housing and Urban Development data for Oregon for fiscal year 2012, effective December 1, 2011.

 

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