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Affordable Housing In Chico
Butte County, California

25 Low Income Apartment Communities In Chico

Villa Sierra Apartments

729 Nord Ave
Chico, California
Income Based
1-2 BR

Murphy Commons

1290 Notre Dame Blvd
Chico, California
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Chico Gardens

851 Pomona Ave
Chico, California
Call For Rent
1 BR

Walker Commons

678 Buttonwillow
Chico, California
1 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Chico Courtyards

2333 Pillsbury Rd
Chico, California
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

1200 Park Avenue

1200 Park Avenue
Chico, California
1-2 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Bidwell Park Apartments

1197 E 8th St
Chico, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Harvest Park

543 W. East Avenue
Chico, California
1-4 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Valley View Apartments

101 Silver Dollar Way
Chico, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Parkside Terrace Apartments

2161 Hartford Dr
Chico, California
2-4 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Housing Authorities that serve Chico

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the County of Butte Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Chico, California

There are 25 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,570 affordable apartments for rent in Chico, California.

Income Based Apartments in Chico, California

Chico features 439 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 Chico, California

There are 1,098 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Chico.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Chico, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Chico landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Chico.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Chico, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $981 and $1,199.

2020 Chico, California 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
Fair Market Rent $761 $842 $1,090 $1,567 $1,881
Payment Standard Range $685 to $837 $758 to $926 $981 to $1,199 $1,410 to $1,724 $1,693 to $2,069

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Chico, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 25
Total Low Income Apartments 1,570
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 439
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 56.75%
Average Renter Household Size 2.47
Average Household Size 2.45
Median Household Income $42,342 ±$1,696
Median Rent $922 ±$23
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 59.41% ± 3.19pp
Total Population 88,455

Population and Household Demographics

Chico is a city in Butte County, California with a population of 88,455. There are 34,791 households in the city with an average household size of 2.45 persons. 56.75% of households in Chico are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Chico

The median gross income for households in Chico is $42,342 a year, or $3,529 a month. The median rent for the city is $922 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Chico, a household making less than $3,073 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 59.41% of households who rent are overburdened in Chico.

Area Median Income In Chico

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 Chico, the AMI is calculated from all households within Butte County.

In Chico, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $66,100

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 Chico

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 Chico

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,850 $17,240 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $24,750 $28,300 $31,850 $35,350 $38,200 $41,050 $43,850 $46,700
80% of Median $39,600 $45,250 $50,900 $56,550 $61,100 $65,600 $70,150 $74,650