Affordable Housing In Homer
Kenai Peninsula Borough Alaska


Waiting List Openings In Homer

Waiting ListStatus
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation - Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Open Now

1 Low Income Apartment Communities In Homer

Conifer Woods Apartments

4014 Ben Walters Ln
Homer, AK
$881-980
1-2 BR
Subsidized
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There are 1 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 32 affordable apartments for rent in Homer. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 32 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Homer, HUD housing programs support 0 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 0 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Homer

Housing Authority Programs
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation - Section 8 Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Moving to Work

Guide To Affordable Housing in Homer, Alaska

Homer, AK Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 1
Total Low Income Apartments 32
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 32
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 37.75%
Average Renter Household Size 2.66
Total Population 5,324
Housing Units 2,090
Average Household Size 2.49
Median Household Income $55,849 ±$2,997
Median Rent $932 ±$29
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 50.82% ± 6.03pp

Population and Household Demographics

Homer is a City in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska with a population of 5,324. There are 2,090 households in the city with an average household size of 2.49 persons. 37.75% of households in Homer are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Homer

The median gross income for households in Homer is $55,849 a year, or $4,654 a month. The median rent for the city is $932 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Homer, a household making less than $3,107 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 50.82% of households who rent are overburdened in Homer.1

Area Median Income In Homer

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 Homer, the AMI is calculated from all households within Kenai Peninsula Borough.

In Homer, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $87,400

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 Homer

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 Homer HUD Rental Assistance in Homer

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $18,350 $21,130 $26,660 $32,190 $37,720 $43,250 $48,780 $54,310
50% of Median $30,600 $35,000 $39,350 $43,700 $47,200 $50,700 $54,200 $57,700
80% of Median $48,950 $55,950 $62,950 $69,900 $75,500 $81,100 $86,700 $92,300

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 Homer

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
60% of Median $36,720 $42,000 $47,220 $52,440 $56,640 $60,840 $65,040 $69,240

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 Homer is $47,220 a year, or $3,935 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,935 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,181 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% $765 $820 $984 $1,136 $1,268 $1,399
60% $918 $984 $1,181 $1,364 $1,521 $1,679
Fair Market Rents in Homer

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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$854 $863 $1,139 $1,511 $1,654