Affordable Housing In Polk County
Arkansas

3 Low Income Apartment Communities In Polk County

Avants Group Home

210 Bullion Ave E
Mena, Arkansas
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Polk County Wickes Cove Hatfield

101 Butler Cir
Hatfield, Arkansas

Oaks Assisted Living

1341 S Mena St
Mena, Arkansas
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Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Polk County, Arkansas

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 Polk County, Arkansas

Housing Authority Programs
Polk County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Polk County, Arkansas

There are 3 low income housing apartment communities offering 222 affordable apartments for rent in Polk County, Arkansas.

Income Based Apartments in Polk County, Arkansas

Polk County features 192 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 Polk County, Arkansas

There are 30 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Polk County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Polk County, Arkansas

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Polk County, Arkansas for a two-bedroom apartment is between $598 and $730.

2022 Polk County, Arkansas 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
Polk County, Arkansas Fair Market Rent $441 $505 $664 $821 $1,048
Polk County, Arkansas Payment Standard Range $397 to $485 $455 to $556 $598 to $730 $739 to $903 $943 to $1,153

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Polk County, AR Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 222
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 192
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 20.97%
Average Renter Household Size 2.24
Average Household Size 2.56
Median Household Income $33,702 ±$1,934
Median Rent $484 ±$52
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 33.88% ± 7.85pp
Total Population 20,364

Population and Household Demographics

Polk County is a county in Arkansas with a population of 20,364. There are 7,911 households in the county with an average household size of 2.56 persons. 20.97% of households in Polk County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Polk County

The median gross income for households in Polk County is $33,702 a year, or $2,809 a month. The median rent for the county is $484 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Polk County, a household making less than $1,613 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 33.88% of households who rent are overburdened in Polk County.

Area Median Income In Polk 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 Polk County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $47,500

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 Polk 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.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Polk County

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Polk County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$12,880 $17,420 $21,960 $26,500 $29,250 $31,400 $33,550 $35,750
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Polk County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$18,950 $21,650 $24,350 $27,050 $29,250 $31,400 $33,550 $35,750
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Polk County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$30,350 $34,650 $39,000 $43,300 $46,800 $50,250 $53,700 $57,200

Cities In Polk County

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City Served By
Cove The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cove is the Polk County Housing Authority.
Grannis The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Grannis is the Polk County Housing Authority.
Hatfield The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hatfield is the Polk County Housing Authority.
Mena The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mena is the Polk County Housing Authority.
Vandervoort The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Vandervoort is the Polk County Housing Authority.
Wickes The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Wickes is the Polk County Housing Authority.