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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, California
Income Based
1 BR

Bay Oaks

2400 Gloria Way
East Palo Alto, California
Income Based
2-4 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Serenity Senior Apartments

2358 University Ave
East Palo Alto, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Woodlands Newell

1761-1767 Woodland Ave
East Palo Alto, California
Call For Rent
Studio-4 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Nugent Square

2361 University Avenue
East Palo Alto, California
2-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Light Tree Apartments

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

The Courtyard at Bay Road

1730 Bay Rd
East Palo Alto, California
Accepts Vouchers

Peninsula Park Apartments

1977 Tate St
East Palo Alto, California
Accepts Vouchers

Peninsula Park ( Formerly Gateway )

Clarke and O'connor
East Palo Alto, California
Accepts Vouchers
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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.

Income Based Apartments in East Palo Alto, California

East Palo Alto features 172 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 East Palo Alto, California

There are 377 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in East Palo Alto.

Housing Choice Vouchers in East Palo Alto, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay East Palo Alto landlords $1,500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $600 towards rent in East Palo Alto.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in East Palo Alto, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $3,005 and $3,673.

2020 East Palo Alto, 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 $2,197 $2,720 $3,339 $4,365 $4,657
Payment Standard Range $1,977 to $2,417 $2,448 to $2,992 $3,005 to $3,673 $3,929 to $4,802 $4,191 to $5,123

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.

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 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