Affordable Housing In Costa Mesa
Orange County, California

5 Low Income Apartment Communities In Costa Mesa

Casa Bella

1840 Park Ave
Costa Mesa, California
Income Based
1-2 BR

The Tower on 19th

678 W 19th Street
Costa Mesa, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

St Johns Manor

2031 Orange Ave
Costa Mesa, California
Elderly Supportive Housing

717 and 721 James - Ccbhc

717 James St
Costa Mesa, California

Humanity Housing

1925 Pomona Ave
Costa Mesa, California
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Housing Authorities that serve Costa Mesa

Housing Authority Programs
Orange County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Costa Mesa, California

There are 5 low income housing apartment communities offering 394 affordable apartments for rent in Costa Mesa, California.

Income Based Apartments in Costa Mesa, California

Costa Mesa features 380 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 Costa Mesa, California

There are 14 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Costa Mesa.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Costa Mesa, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Costa Mesa landlords $1,400 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in Costa Mesa.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Costa Mesa, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,098 and $2,564.

2021 Costa Mesa, 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
Costa Mesa, California Fair Market Rent $1,678 $1,888 $2,331 $3,227 $3,716
Costa Mesa, California Payment Standard Range $1,510 to $1,846 $1,699 to $2,077 $2,098 to $2,564 $2,904 to $3,550 $3,344 to $4,088

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Costa Mesa, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 5
Total Low Income Apartments 394
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 380
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 61.83%
Average Renter Household Size 2.68
Average Household Size 2.70
Median Household Income $66,459 ±$2,043
Median Rent $1,570 ±$28
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 52.55% ± 2.68pp
Total Population 112,377

Population and Household Demographics

Costa Mesa is a city in Orange County, California with a population of 112,377. There are 40,908 households in the city with an average household size of 2.70 persons. 61.83% of households in Costa Mesa are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Costa Mesa

The median gross income for households in Costa Mesa is $66,459 a year, or $5,538 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,570 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Costa Mesa, a household making less than $5,233 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 52.55% of households who rent are overburdened in Costa Mesa.

Area Median Income In Costa Mesa

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 Costa Mesa, the AMI is calculated from all households within Orange County.

In Costa Mesa, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $106,700

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 Costa Mesa

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 Costa Mesa

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Costa Mesa AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$28,250 $32,300 $36,350 $40,350 $43,600 $46,850 $50,050 $53,300
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Costa Mesa AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$47,100 $53,800 $60,550 $67,250 $72,650 $78,050 $83,400 $88,800
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Costa Mesa AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$75,300 $86,050 $96,800 $107,550 $116,200 $124,800 $133,400 $142,000