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Affordable Housing In Downey
Los Angeles County, California

Waiting List Openings In Downey

Waiting ListStatus
Los Angeles County Development Authority Senior Public Housing Open Now

3 Low Income Apartment Communities In Downey

Birchcrest Apartments

8525 Paramount Blvd
Downey, California

Downey Senior Apartments

8133 3rd St
Downey, California

Clark Manor Apartments

13032 Columbia Way
Downey, California
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Housing Authorities that serve Downey

Housing Authority Programs
Los Angeles County Development Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Downey, California

There are 3 low income housing apartment communities offering 136 affordable apartments for rent in Downey, California.

Income Based Apartments in Downey, California

Downey 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 Downey, California

There are 136 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Downey.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Downey, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Downey landlords $1,100 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in Downey.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Downey, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,760 and $2,152.

2020 Downey, 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 $1,279 $1,517 $1,956 $2,614 $2,857
Payment Standard Range $1,151 to $1,407 $1,365 to $1,669 $1,760 to $2,152 $2,353 to $2,875 $2,571 to $3,143

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Downey, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 136
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 0
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 49.25%
Average Renter Household Size 3.30
Average Household Size 3.44
Median Household Income $62,897 ±$2,414
Median Rent $1,232 ±$23
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 55.07% ± 3.83pp
Total Population 113,407

Population and Household Demographics

Downey is a city in Los Angeles County, California with a population of 113,407. There are 32,738 households in the city with an average household size of 3.44 persons. 49.25% of households in Downey are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Downey

The median gross income for households in Downey is $62,897 a year, or $5,241 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,232 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Downey, a household making less than $4,107 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 55.07% of households who rent are overburdened in Downey.

Area Median Income In Downey

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 Downey, the AMI is calculated from all households within Los Angeles County.

In Downey, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $77,300

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 Downey

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 Downey

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $23,700 $27,050 $30,450 $33,800 $36,550 $39,250 $41,950 $44,650
50% of Median $39,450 $45,050 $50,700 $56,300 $60,850 $65,350 $69,850 $74,350
80% of Median $63,100 $72,100 $81,100 $90,100 $97,350 $104,550 $111,750 $118,950