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Housing is considered affordable if a household is paying no more than 30% of its gross income on rent or a mortgage. Thus, what is affordable varies by each family’s income. Some calculations include basic utility costs, though many do not account for transportation and other needs.
Section 8 vouchers can be used across the city and can be obtained at the Josephine Housing and Community Development Council
A regional houseless count is conducted annually, led by UCAN. This is a single point-in-time count, performed every January and counting those who meet a federal homeless definition, “people living in shelters, transitional housing programs, or in a place not meant for human habitation.” The count for 2020 identified over 870 people as meeting that definition on January 23rd, depending on how homelessness is defined that number could be higher. In 2020, Josephine County had the highest count of homeless adults with children and homeless children living alone in any Oregon county.