Affordable Housing In Chico
Butte County, California

24 Low Income Apartment Communities In Chico

Villa Sierra Apartments

729 Nord Ave.
Chico, CA
Income Based
1-2 BR

Murphy Commons

1290 Notre Dame Blvd
Chico, CA
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Chico Gardens

851 Pomona Ave
Chico, CA
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized

Walker Commons

678 Buttonwillow
Chico, CA
$327-602
1 BR
HCV Welcome

Chico Courtyards

2333 Pillsbury Rd
Chico, CA
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

1200 Park Avenue

1200 Park Avenue
Chico, CA
$344-746
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Bidwell Park Apartments

1197 E 8th St
Chico, CA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Harvest Park

543 W. East Avenue
Chico, CA
$282-853
1-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Valley View Apartments

101 Silver Dollar Way
Chico, CA
Call For Rent
1 BR
HCV Welcome

Parkside Terrace Apartments

2161 Hartford Dr
Chico, CA
$730-811
2-4 BR
HCV Welcome

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

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 24 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,537 affordable apartments for rent in Chico, California. Chico features 439 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 1,098 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Chico.

Chico, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 24
Total Low Income Apartments 1,537
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.1

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 $66,500

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 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 Chico 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 $14,000 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $23,300 $26,600 $29,950 $33,250 $35,950 $38,600 $41,250 $43,900
80% of Median $37,250 $42,600 $47,900 $53,200 $57,500 $61,750 $66,000 $70,250
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Chico

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

From 1992 to 2011, 9 low income apartment communities containing 705 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Chico by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

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.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Chico

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $23,300 $26,600 $29,950 $33,250 $35,950 $38,600 $41,250 $43,900
60% of Median $27,960 $31,920 $35,940 $39,900 $43,140 $46,320 $49,500 $52,680

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 Chico is $35,940 a year, or $2,995 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,995 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $899 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 AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $583 $624 $749 $865 $965 $1,064
60% $699 $749 $899 $1,038 $1,158 $1,277
Fair Market Rents in Chico

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.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$761 $842 $1,090 $1,567 $1,881