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About Affordable Housing In Maricopa County

There are 324 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 31,019 subsidized apartments for rent in Maricopa County, Arizona. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 6,969 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 3,493 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Maricopa County. There are 18,965 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. In Maricopa County, the fair market rents range from $624 to $1,594. To learn more about rents for low income apartments in Maricopa County read the Fair Market Rents section of the Understanding Affordable Housing in Maricopa County guide.

To qualify for low income housing in Maricopa County a family of four would generally have to earn less than $31,450. For more detailed income qualification information for affordable apartments in Maricopa County read the Income section of the Understanding Affordable Housing in Maricopa County guide.

The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Maricopa County are the Housing Authority of Maricopa County and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.

  • The Housing Authority of Maricopa County Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is Closed.
  • The Housing Authority of Maricopa County Public Housing Waiting List is Closed.
  • The Housing Authority of Maricopa County Public Housing for Senior and Disabled Waiting List is Closed.

The Housing Authority of Maricopa County offers 11 Public Housing complexes containing 866 HUD apartments. The rent at these subsidized apartments are always income based. To find a public housing unit, look for the tag in the apartment list below.

Affordable Apartments in Maricopa County

16629 N. Greasewood Street
Bell Mirage Estates is a 60 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 2-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Surprise. Rents at Bell Mirage Estates are $787-795.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Surprise.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
14014 N. 32nd Street
Village Square is a 116 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Phoenix. Rents at Village Square are $535-789.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Phoenix.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
13868 N 79th Avenue
Quail Run Apartments is a 156 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Peoria. Rents at Quail Run Apartments are $625-650.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Peoria.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
4937 W. Myrtle Avenue Glendale, AZ 85301
Brook Creek Apartments is a low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Glendale. Rents at Brook Creek Apartments are $475-600.
615 South Williams
Western Sun is a 60 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 2-4 bedroom apartments for rent in Mesa.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance

Housing Authorities that serve Maricopa County

Understanding Affordable Housing in Maricopa County, Arizona

Maricopa County, AZ Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 324
Total Low Income Apartments 31,019
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 6,969
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 35.51%
Average Renter Household Size 2.42
Total Population 3,817,117
Housing Units 1,411,583
Average Household Size 2.50
Median Household Income $53,689 ±$293
Median Rent $952 ±$5
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 47.22% ± 0.47pp

Population and Household Demographics

Maricopa County is a County in Arizona with a population of 3,817,117. There are 1,411,583 households in the county with an average household size of 2.50 persons. 35.51% of households in Maricopa County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Maricopa County

The median gross income for households in Maricopa County is $53,689 a year, or $4,474 a month. The median rent for the county is $952 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Maricopa County, a household making less than $3,173 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 47.22% of households who rent are overburdened in Maricopa County.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2014 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 0.47 percentage points.

Fair Market Rents in Maricopa County

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.

2017 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$624 $757 $944 $1,374 $1,594
Area Median Income In Maricopa County

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.

In Maricopa County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $62,900.

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.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Maricopa County

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1988 to 2012, 126 low income apartment communities containing 14,864 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Maricopa County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Maricopa County by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

For affordable apartment communities in Maricopa County that received funding in part through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, monthly rent cannot exceed the Tax Credit maximum rent for the community.

If your income does not exceed 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you may qualify to rent a unit that is subject to the rent limits established by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.

% of AMI 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons 8 Persons
50% $22,050 $25,200 $28,350 $31,450 $34,000 $36,500 $39,000 $41,550
60% $26,460 $30,240 $34,020 $37,740 $40,800 $43,800 $46,800 $49,860
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Rent Limits

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.

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 Maricopa County is $34,020 a year, or $2,835 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,835 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $851 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% $551 $591 $709 $818 $913 $1,007
60% $662 $709 $851 $982 $1,095 $1,208
Rental Assistance in Maricopa County

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.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

To qualify for most rental assistance programs a renter must earn no more than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). In some cases, rental assistance is reserved for renters earning 30% or less of the AMI. In Maricopa County, to qualify for Section 8 assistance, a renter household containing four persons must earn $31,450 or less. For some targeted rental assistance programs, a renter household of four can’t earn more than $24,300.

It’s important to remember that in many rental assistance programs there are minimum rent regulations requiring assistance recipients to make a minimum payment of between $25 and $50 per month no matter how low their income.

% of AMI 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons 8 Persons
30% $13,200 $16,020 $20,160 $24,300 $28,440 $32,580 $36,730 $40,890
50% $22,050 $25,200 $28,350 $31,450 $34,000 $36,500 $39,000 $41,550
80% $35,250 $40,250 $45,300 $50,300 $54,350 $58,350 $62,400 $66,400

Cities In Maricopa County

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Aguila 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Aguila are the Housing Authority of Maricopa County and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Anthem 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Anthem is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Arlington 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Arlington is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Avondale 11 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Avondale are the Housing Authority of Maricopa County and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Buckeye 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Buckeye are the Housing Authority of Maricopa County and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Carefree 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Carefree is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Cave Creek 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cave Creek is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Chandler 10 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Chandler are the Housing Authority of Maricopa County, City of Chandler Housing and Redevelopment Division and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Citrus Park 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Citrus Park is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
El Mirage 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve El Mirage are the Housing Authority of Maricopa County and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Fountain Hills 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fountain Hills is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Gila Bend 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Gila Bend are the Housing Authority of Maricopa County and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Gila Crossing 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Gila Crossing is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Gilbert 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Gilbert are the Housing Authority of Maricopa County and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Glendale 26 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Glendale are the City of Glendale Housing Authority, Housing Authority of Maricopa County and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Goodyear 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Goodyear are the Housing Authority of Maricopa County and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Guadalupe 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Guadalupe are the Housing Authority of Maricopa County and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Kaka 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Kaka is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Komatke 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Komatke is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Litchfield Park 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Litchfield Park is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Maricopa Colony 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Maricopa Colony is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Mesa 33 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Mesa are the City of Mesa Housing Authority, Housing Authority of Maricopa County and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Morristown 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Morristown is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
New River 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves New River is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Paradise Valley 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Paradise Valley is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Peoria 16 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Peoria are the Housing Authority of Maricopa County, Peoria Housing Authority and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Phoenix 167 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Phoenix are the City of Phoenix Housing Department, Housing Authority of Maricopa County and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Queen Creek 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Queen Creek are the Housing Authority of Maricopa County and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Rio Verde 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rio Verde is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Scottsdale 11 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Scottsdale are the Housing Authority of Maricopa County, Scottsdale Housing Agency and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
St. Johns 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves St. Johns is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Sun City 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sun City is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Sun City West 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sun City West is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Sun Lakes 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sun Lakes is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Surprise 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Surprise are the Housing Authority of Maricopa County and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Tempe 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Tempe are the Housing Authority of Maricopa County, City of Tempe Housing Services and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Theba 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Theba is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Tolleson 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Tolleson are the Housing Authority of Maricopa County and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Tonopah 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Tonopah is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Wickenburg 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Wickenburg are the Housing Authority of Maricopa County and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Wintersburg 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Wintersburg is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Wittmann 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Wittmann is the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.
Youngtown 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Youngtown are the Housing Authority of Maricopa County and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.