Affordable Housing In Ester
Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska

Guide To Affordable Housing in Ester, Alaska

There are 0 low income housing apartment communities offering 0 affordable apartments for rent in Ester, Alaska. Ester features 0 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 0 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Ester.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Ester, AK Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 0
Total Low Income Apartments 0
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 0
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 46.17%
Average Renter Household Size 2.54
Average Household Size 2.34
Median Household Income $68,163 ±$19,473
Median Rent $918 ±$284
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 13.84% ± 18.03pp
Total Population 3,008

Population and Household Demographics

Ester is a City in Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska with a population of 3,008. There are 1,189 households in the city with an average household size of 2.34 persons. 46.17% of households in Ester are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Ester

The median gross income for households in Ester is $68,163 a year, or $5,680 a month. The median rent for the city is $918 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Ester, a household making less than $3,060 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 13.84% of households who rent are overburdened in Ester.1

Area Median Income In Ester

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Ester, the AMI is calculated from all households within Fairbanks North Star Borough.

In Ester, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $92,400

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Ester

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for Ester HUD Rental Assistance in Ester

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $19,400 $22,200 $26,660 $32,190 $37,720 $43,250 $48,780 $54,310
50% of Median $32,350 $37,000 $41,600 $46,200 $49,900 $53,600 $57,300 $61,000
80% of Median $51,750 $59,150 $66,550 $73,900 $79,850 $85,750 $91,650 $97,550

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Ester

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $32,350 $37,000 $41,600 $46,200 $49,900 $53,600 $57,300 $61,000
60% of Median $38,820 $44,400 $49,920 $55,440 $59,880 $64,320 $68,760 $73,200

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Ester is $49,920 a year, or $4,160 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,160 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,248 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $809 $867 $1,040 $1,201 $1,340 $1,479
60% $971 $1,040 $1,248 $1,442 $1,608 $1,775
Fair Market Rents in Ester

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$863 $1,006 $1,325 $1,911 $2,326