Affordable Housing Index

The opportunities for a family to buy a new home are better in Cowlitz County. Recovery from the recent recession has strengthened the buyer’s ability both locally and across the state to purchase a home. Cowlitz County’s rate continues to be better than the state rate. Goal: ≥ baseline of 100 on the Housing Affordability Index

Housing Wage

Given the average cost for a two-bedroom rental, agencies calculate how much wage it would take to afford that unit. In Cowlitz County the housing wage is much lower than the state rate. However, when you take out the wages for the Metropolitan counties the Cowlitz County rate then is more comparable to the other counties. Goal: ≤ average state housing wage

Affordable housing can have a huge impact in the community