The Affordability Calculator can help give you an idea of how much you should be spending for rent and utilities each month. It’s an easy-to-use tool that can give you some guidance before looking for housing.
Steps to Overcoming Rental Barriers
Identify your barriers
Reduce your barriers
Write a rental cover letter
Call and screen the property you are interested in
Meet with the landlord in person
Ask the landlord if he or she thinks you will pass the screening
If the application is submitted and denied, ask about an appeal
Finding it difficult or impossible to find housing because of lack of income or other barriers? Here are other types of housing that may be available.
Oxford Houses are self-run, financially self-supporting homes for recovering alcoholics and addicts. Monthly expenses range from $275-$350, and include phone, cable and all the utilities. For more information please visit the Oxford Houses website or call 503-247-0777 in Portland and 360-695-4167 in Vancouver.
Shared Housing is a matching service, bringing together people looking for housing with people who have an extra room and need help with rent, or household chores, or a combination of the two. All participants are pre-screened. For more information, call 503-225-9924 or visit the Shared Housing website.
Transitional housing programs provide temporary housing often in an apartment setting for a specific period of time. These programs provide the time and the tools to help individuals and families find permanent housing. Dial 211 or look under Find Resources to locate transitional housing programs.
Shelters are designed to give people who are without housing a safe but temporary place to live. There are different types of shelters. Dial 211 or look under Find Resources for shelter options.
Housing counseling and other supportive services. There are agencies in the area who work with individuals and families on different housing issues. Having that “person to person” help may make the difference in understanding what’s available to meet your needs. The specialists at 211 can help sort out which agencies provide housing counseling and other supportive services.