Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Carlsbad, CA

Find 15 low-income apartments and rental assistance options in Carlsbad, CA – including subsidized, public, senior, HUD, and other government housing programs.

Cassia Heights Apartments

2029 Cassia Rd, Carlsbad, California 92009

Waterstone Carlsbad

2320 Via Clemente Suite N, Carlsbad, California 92008

Windsor Pointe

3606 Harding St. & 965 Oak Ave., Carlsbad, California 92008

Rancho Carrillo Apartments

6053 Paseo Acampo, Carlsbad, California 92009

Tavarua Senior Apartments

3568 Harding St, Carlsbad, California 92008

La Costa Paloma

1953 Dove Ln, Carlsbad, California 92009

Juniper at the Preserve

2965 Luiseno Way, Carlsbad, California 92010

Vista Las Flores

6404 Halyard Pl, Carlsbad, California 92011

Hunters Pointe Apartments

7270 Calle Plata, Carlsbad, California 92009

Glen Ridge Apartments

3555 Glen Ave, Carlsbad, California 92010

Mariposa Apartments

4651 Red Bluff Pl, Carlsbad, California 92010

Poinsettia Station Apartments

6811 Embarcadero Ln, Carlsbad, California 92011

Laurel Tree Apartments

1307 Laurel Tree Ln, Carlsbad, California 92011

Villa Loma Apartments

6421 Tobria Ter, Carlsbad, California 92011

Laguna Terrace

1014 Laguna Dr, Carlsbad, California 92008

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Reported On May 11th, 2023 by Lorena Bentley

The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Carlsbad, California
$53.66/hour
$37.66 (+235%) more than California minimum wage and $46.41 (+640%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve Carlsbad, California?

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) programs for Carlsbad, California.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), Moderate Rehabilitation, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs for Carlsbad, California.

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

How many renters live in Carlsbad, California?

The City of Carlsbad has 114,161 people living in 41,522 households.

There are 35,307 renters living in 13,940 renter households in this City. Renters make up 30.93 percent of the population living in Carlsbad.

What is the rental market like in Carlsbad, California?

There are an estimated 47,556 housing units in the Carlsbad area. Of these, 17,469 units are rental homes, making up 37 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Carlsbad, California, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Carlsbad?

The rental vacancy rate in Carlsbad is 4 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

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

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Carlsbad
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
605 3,282 7,525 3,694 1,252
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Carlsbad

A large number of apartments in Carlsbad 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 Carlsbad are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 51 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 25 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 Carlsbad

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $2,062 to $4,638. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $2,062
One BR $2,248
Two BR $2,833
Three BR $3,819
Four BR $4,638
2024 Fair Market Rents in Carlsbad, California

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

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 198 33 percent
One BR 624 19 percent
Two BR 786 10 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Carlsbad, California

How many affordable rental units are in Carlsbad?

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

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 1,305
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 1
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 6
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Carlsbad, California

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

Income Based Apartments in Carlsbad, California

Carlsbad 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 Carlsbad, California

There are 1,474 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Carlsbad.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Carlsbad, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Carlsbad landlords $1,100 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Carlsbad.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Carlsbad, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,550 and $3,116.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.