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Affordable Housing In Unalaska
Aleutians West Census Area, Alaska

1 Low Income Apartment Communities In Unalaska

Tradewinds Apartments

62 Lear
Unalaska, Alaska
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Guide To Affordable Housing in Unalaska, Alaska

There are 1 low income housing apartment communities offering 16 affordable apartments for rent in Unalaska, Alaska.

Income Based Apartments in Unalaska, Alaska

Unalaska features 0 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Unalaska, Alaska

There are 16 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Unalaska.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Unalaska, Alaska

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Unalaska landlords $0 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $0 towards rent in Unalaska.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Unalaska, Alaska for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,580 and $1,931.

2020 Unalaska, Alaska Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Fair Market Rent $1,144 $1,333 $1,755 $2,187 $2,612
Payment Standard Range $1,030 to $1,258 $1,200 to $1,466 $1,580 to $1,931 $1,968 to $2,406 $2,351 to $2,873

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Unalaska, AK Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 1
Total Low Income Apartments 16
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 0
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 75.63%
Average Renter Household Size 3.72
Average Household Size 3.75
Median Household Income $90,500 ±$3,366
Median Rent $1,403 ±$46
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 15.73% ± 2.49pp
Total Population 4,619

Population and Household Demographics

Unalaska is a city in Aleutians West Census Area, Alaska with a population of 4,619. There are 874 households in the city with an average household size of 3.75 persons. 75.63% of households in Unalaska are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Unalaska

The median gross income for households in Unalaska is $90,500 a year, or $7,542 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,403 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Unalaska, a household making less than $4,677 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 15.73% of households who rent are overburdened in Unalaska.

Area Median Income In Unalaska

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 Unalaska, the AMI is calculated from all households within Aleutians West Census Area.

In Unalaska, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $100,100

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 Unalaska

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 HUD Rental Assistance in Unalaska

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $21,500 $24,600 $27,650 $32,750 $38,350 $43,950 $49,550 $55,150
50% of Median $35,850 $40,950 $46,050 $51,150 $55,250 $59,350 $63,450 $67,550
80% of Median $57,300 $65,500 $73,700 $81,850 $88,400 $94,950 $101,500 $108,050