Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), the agency that administers the Low Income Tax Credit (LIHTC) program in Oregon, recently released new data on the demographics of tenants served by LIHTC properties in 24 of the state’s 26 counties. This is the first publically available dataset on LIHTC properties to contain county-level data on tenant characteristics.
HUD collects data on residents of LIHTC-assisted properties from state agencies that administer LIHTC, but these data are not made available to the general public. The data provided by OHCS include information on race, gender, age, disability status, and average income of LIHTC tenants aggregated to the county level. OHCS collected data on 3,759 households.
According to the data, 74% of LIHTC-assisted households across the state had a white head of household, and 23% had a head of household who was non-white. Washington County (Hillsboro and Beaverton) had the highest percentage of non-white heads of household at 53%. Statewide, 29% of households had a Hispanic head of household; Hood River County had the highest percentage at 82%.
In total, 61% of households statewide had a female head of household (including those with and without children), ranging from a low of 48% in Hood River and Multnomah County (Portland), to a high of 85% in Jefferson County. Furthermore, 21% of households were headed by an adult aged 62 or older, and 7% had a head of household with a disability. The average income of LIHTC-assisted tenants across the state was $19,535, ranging from $8,504 in Malhear County to $29,260 in Hood River County.
OHCS provided the data to Tom Cusack, who maintains the Oregon Housing Blog. Mr. Cusack’s blog entry on these data is at http://oregonhousing.blogspot.com/2014/12/oregon-releases-lihtc-tenant.html.
The PDF version of the data is at https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=F4B5488CC7EBEC99!5199&cid=f4b5488cc7ebec99&app=WordPdf.
The Excel version of the data is at https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=F4B5488CC7EBEC99!5197&cid=f4b5488cc7ebec99&app=Excel.