Affordable Housing In East Palo Alto
San Mateo County, California

9 Low Income Apartment Communities In East Palo Alto

Runnymede Gardens

2301 Cooley Ave
East Palo Alto, CA
Income Based
1 BR

Bay Oaks

2400 Gloria Way
East Palo Alto, CA
Income Based
2-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Serenity Senior Apartments

2358 University Ave
East Palo Alto, CA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Woodlands Newell

1761-1767 Woodland Ave
East Palo Alto, CA
Call For Rent
Studio-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Nugent Square

2361 University Avenue
East Palo Alto, CA
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Light Tree Apartments

1805 E Bayshore Rd
East Palo Alto, CA
Studio-3 BR

The Courtyard at Bay Road

1730 Bay Rd
East Palo Alto, CA
HCV Welcome

Peninsula Park Apartments

1977 Tate St
East Palo Alto, CA
HCV Welcome

Peninsula Park ( Formerly Gateway )

Clarke & O'connor
East Palo Alto, CA
HCV Welcome
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Housing Authorities that serve East Palo Alto

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Moving to Work

Guide To Affordable Housing in East Palo Alto, California

There are 9 low income housing apartment communities offering 549 affordable apartments for rent in East Palo Alto, California. East Palo Alto features 172 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 377 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in East Palo Alto.

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

East Palo Alto, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 9
Total Low Income Apartments 549
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 172
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 64.95%
Average Renter Household Size 4.01
Average Household Size 4.11
Median Household Income $52,012 ±$3,880
Median Rent $1,433 ±$69
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 64.09% ± 7.56pp
Total Population 29,198

Population and Household Demographics

East Palo Alto is a City in San Mateo County, California with a population of 29,198. There are 7,065 households in the city with an average household size of 4.11 persons. 64.95% of households in East Palo Alto are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in East Palo Alto

The median gross income for households in East Palo Alto is $52,012 a year, or $4,334 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,433 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In East Palo Alto, a household making less than $4,777 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 64.09% of households who rent are overburdened in East Palo Alto.1

Area Median Income In East Palo Alto

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 East Palo Alto, the AMI is calculated from all households within San Mateo County.

In East Palo Alto, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $136,800

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 East Palo Alto

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 East Palo Alto HUD Rental Assistance in East Palo Alto

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $33,850 $38,700 $43,550 $48,350 $52,250 $56,100 $60,000 $63,850
50% of Median $56,450 $64,500 $72,550 $80,600 $87,050 $93,500 $99,950 $106,400
80% of Median $90,450 $103,350 $116,250 $129,150 $139,500 $149,850 $160,150 $170,500
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in East Palo Alto

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

From 1990 to 2005, 7 low income apartment communities containing 404 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in East Palo Alto 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 East Palo Alto

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $56,450 $64,500 $72,550 $80,600 $87,050 $93,500 $99,950 $106,400
60% of Median $67,740 $77,400 $87,060 $96,720 $104,460 $112,200 $119,940 $127,680

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 East Palo Alto is $87,060 a year, or $7,255 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $7,255 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $2,177 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% $1,411 $1,512 $1,814 $2,096 $2,338 $2,579
60% $1,694 $1,814 $2,177 $2,515 $2,805 $3,095
Fair Market Rents in East Palo Alto

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
$2,197 $2,720 $3,339 $4,365 $4,657