Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Surprise, AZ

Find 7 low-income apartments and rental assistance options in Surprise, AZ – including subsidized, public, senior, HUD, and other government housing programs.

Bell Mirage Estates

16629 N. Greasewood Street , Surprise, Arizona 85378

Orchard Estates Apartments Lp

15380 W Young St, Surprise, Arizona 85374


12669 West Rimrock Street , Surprise, Arizona 85378

Quilceda Villa

12350 W Bola Dr, Surprise, Arizona 85378

Fox Hill Run

16222 N 123rd Dr, Surprise, Arizona 85378

Casa Bonitas Apartments

12976 W. Cottonwood St, Surprise, Arizona 85378

Paradise Homes

16201 N Fulcher Dr, Surprise, Arizona 85378

The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Surprise, Arizona
$21.20 (+148%) more than Arizona minimum wage and $28.30 (+390%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve 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.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Family Self-Sufficiency, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) programs for Surprise, Arizona.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Surprise, Arizona.

Go to the Arizona Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Surprise.

How many renters live in Surprise, Arizona?

The City of Surprise has 154,194 people living in 56,247 households.

There are 29,213 renters living in 10,478 renter households in this City. Renters make up 18.95 percent of the population living in Surprise.

What is the rental market like in Surprise, Arizona?

There are an estimated 58,826 housing units in the Surprise area. Of these, 12,432 units are rental homes, making up 21 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Surprise, Arizona, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Surprise?

The rental vacancy rate in Surprise is 8 percent. This is a higher than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are high it means that there are a lot of available units and rents tend to be lower.

How many rental units are in Surprise for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Surprise
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
379 1,517 2,378 4,615 2,112
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Surprise

A large number of apartments in Surprise have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in Surprise are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 50 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 15 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in Surprise

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $1,460 to $2,890. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $1,460
One BR $1,599
Two BR $1,877
Three BR $2,541
Four BR $2,890
2024 Fair Market Rents in Surprise, Arizona

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Surprise?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 158 42 percent
One BR 1,014 67 percent
Two BR 780 33 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Surprise, Arizona

How many affordable rental units are in Surprise?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Surprise, Arizona including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 591
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 118
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Surprise, Arizona

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

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 235 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 $1,689 and $2,065.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.