Affordable Housing In Surprise
Maricopa County, Arizona

7 Low Income Apartment Communities In Surprise

Bell Mirage Estates

16629 N. Greasewood Street
Surprise, Arizona
2-3 BR

Casa Bonitas Apartments

12976 W. Cottonwood St
Surprise, Arizona
Call For Rent
2-4 BR


12669 West Rimrock Street
Surprise, Arizona
Call For Rent
1-4 BR

Fox Hill Run

16222 N 123rd Dr
Surprise, Arizona

Paradise Homes

16201 N Fulcher Dr
Surprise, Arizona

Quilceda Villa

12350 W Bola Dr
Surprise, Arizona

Orchard Estates Apartments Lp

15380 W Young St
Surprise, Arizona
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Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Surprise, Arizona

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Surprise, Arizona

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of Maricopa County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-Sufficiency; Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA)
Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Surprise, Arizona

There are 7 low income housing apartment communities offering 702 affordable apartments for rent in Surprise, Arizona.

Income Based Apartments in Surprise, Arizona

Surprise features 376 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 Surprise, Arizona

There are 326 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Surprise.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Surprise, Arizona

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Surprise landlords $800 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in Surprise.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Surprise, Arizona for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,566 and $1,914.

2023 Surprise, Arizona 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
Surprise, Arizona Fair Market Rent $1,344 $1,467 $1,740 $2,386 $2,716
Surprise, Arizona Payment Standard Range $1,210 to $1,478 $1,320 to $1,614 $1,566 to $1,914 $2,147 to $2,625 $2,444 to $2,988

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Surprise, AZ Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 7
Total Low Income Apartments 702
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 376
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 27.52%
Average Renter Household Size 3.13
Average Household Size 2.74
Median Household Income $59,916 ±$1,628
Median Rent $1,182 ±$23
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46% ± 4.28pp
Total Population 123,813

Population and Household Demographics

Surprise is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona with a population of 123,813. There are 45,054 households in the city with an average household size of 2.74 persons. 27.52% of households in Surprise are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Surprise

The median gross income for households in Surprise is $59,916 a year, or $4,993 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,182 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Surprise, a household making less than $3,940 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46% of households who rent are overburdened in Surprise.

Area Median Income In Surprise

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 Surprise, the AMI is calculated from all households within Maricopa County.

In Surprise, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $88,800

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 Surprise

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 Surprise

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Surprise AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$18,550 $21,200 $23,850 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Surprise AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$30,950 $35,350 $39,750 $44,150 $47,700 $51,250 $54,750 $58,300
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Surprise AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$49,500 $56,550 $63,600 $70,650 $76,350 $82,000 $87,650 $93,300