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Affordable Housing In Carlsbad
San Diego County,California

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There are 13 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 1,321 affordable apartments for rent in Carlsbad, California. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 0 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 0 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Carlsbad. There are 1,321 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Carlsbad is the Carlsbad Housing and Neighborhood Services.

Affordable Apartments in Carlsbad

Image of La Costa Paloma
1953 Dove Ln
Carlsbad, California
La Costa Paloma is a 180 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1 bedroom apartments for rent in Carlsbad. Rents at La Costa Paloma are Income Based.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Carlsbad.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
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2029 Cassia Rd
Carlsbad, California
Cassia Heights Apartments is a 56 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Carlsbad. Rents at Cassia Heights Apartments are Income Based.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Carlsbad.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
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Image of Waterstone Carlsbad
2320 Via Clemente Suite N
Carlsbad, California
Waterstone Carlsbad is a low income housing apartment community that provides St. bedroom apartments for rent in Carlsbad.
6421 Tobria Ter
Carlsbad, California
Villa Loma Apartments is a 344 unit low income housing apartment community in Carlsbad.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Carlsbad.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
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1014 Laguna Dr
Carlsbad, California
Laguna Terrace is a 4 unit low income housing apartment community in Carlsbad.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Carlsbad.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
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Housing Authorities that serve Carlsbad

The Carlsbad Housing and Neighborhood Services is a Section 8 public housing agency in Carlsbad, California.

Understanding Affordable Housing in Carlsbad, California

Carlsbad, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties13
Total Low Income Apartments1,321
Total Rent Assisted Apartments0
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters37.42%
Average Renter Household Size2.45
Total Population110,830
Housing Units42,791
Average Household Size2.58
Median Household Income$90,597 ±$4,403
Median Rent$1,762 ±$39
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened50.14% ± 4.04pp

Population and Household Demographics

Carlsbad is a City in San Diego County, California with a population of 110,830. There are 42,791 households in the city with an average household size of 2.58 persons. 37.42% of households in Carlsbad are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Carlsbad

The median gross income for households in Carlsbad is $90,597 a year, or $7,550 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,762 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Carlsbad, a household making less than $5,873 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent.50.14% of households who rent are overburdened in Carlsbad.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 4.04 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Carlsbad

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 Carlsbad, the AMI is calculated from all households within San Diego County.

In Carlsbad, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $79,300

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 Carlsbad

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.

Carlsbad HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
30%$19,100$21,800$24,550$27,250$29,450$32,960$37,140$41,320
50%$31,850$36,400$40,950$45,450$49,100$52,750$56,400$60,000
80%$50,950$58,200$65,500$72,750$78,600$84,400$90,250$96,050

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.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Carlsbad

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

From 1988 to 2008, 11 low income apartment communities containing 1,256 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Carlsbad by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

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

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.

Carlsbad Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
50%$31,850$36,400$40,950$45,450$49,100$52,750$56,400$60,000
60%$38,220$43,680$49,140$54,540$58,920$63,300$67,680$72,000

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 Carlsbad is $49,140 a year, or $4,095 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,095 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,229 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 AMIStudio1 Bed2 Bed3 Bed4 Bed5 Bed
50%$796$853$1,024$1,182$1,319$1,455
60%$956$1,024$1,229$1,418$1,583$1,746
Fair Market Rents in Carlsbad

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.

2018 Fair Market Rents
StudioOne BRTwo BRThree BRFour BR
$1,257$1,400$1,816$2,612$3,198