Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Escondido, CA

Discover affordable housing in Escondido where there are 25+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

How To Identify Affordable Housing in Escondido, California

Look for program and preference badges on affordable apartment listings. These badges can help you identify the types of low income housing each apartment offers and if you may be eligbile for rental assistance or reduced rents.

Badge Description
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
Low income apartments with no or short waiting lists.
payment Subsidized
Low income housing where the rent is subsidized and the renter pays only a portion of total rent.
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
Apartments that accept Section 8 vouchers near you
elderly Senior
Rental housing for seniors who are 55 (or sometimes 62) and older.
payment Income Based
Affordable apartments where the rent paid is based on renter income.
accessibility Accessible
Meets Accessibilty Requirements of the Fair Housing Act, the ADA, or HUD policy.
accessible_forward Disability
Apartments for individuals or families with disabilities.
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Reported On February 23rd, 2024 by Lorena Bentley

The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Escondido, California
$37.66 (+235%) more than California minimum wage and $46.41 (+640%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve Escondido, California?

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), Moderate Rehabilitation, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs for Escondido, California.

Go to the California Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Escondido.

How many renters live in Escondido, California?

The City of Escondido has 150,258 people living in 50,743 households.

There are 72,866 renters living in 24,967 renter households in this City. Renters make up 48.49 percent of the population living in Escondido.

What is the rental market like in Escondido, California?

There are an estimated 53,082 housing units in the Escondido area. Of these, 25,607 units are rental homes, making up 48 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Escondido, California, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Escondido?

The rental vacancy rate in Escondido is 3 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

How many rental units are in Escondido for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Escondido
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
1,673 5,591 11,576 4,549 969
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Escondido

A large number of apartments in Escondido have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in Escondido are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 64 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 38 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in Escondido

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $2,062 to $4,638. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $2,062
One BR $2,248
Two BR $2,833
Three BR $3,819
Four BR $4,638
2024 Fair Market Rents in Escondido, California

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Escondido?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 838 50 percent
One BR 2,682 48 percent
Two BR 2,039 18 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Escondido, California

How many affordable rental units are in Escondido?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Escondido, California including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 1,683
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 93
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 73
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 2
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Escondido, California

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Escondido, California

Escondido features 173 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 Escondido, California

There are 1,078 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Escondido.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Escondido, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Escondido landlords $1,100 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Escondido.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Escondido, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,550 and $3,116.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.