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There are 56 low-income apartments in Isla Vista that offer reduced rents to eligible households.

Rental assistance programs support 31 low-income homes in Isla Vista where households pay rent based on how much they earn. For 2023, elgible households participating in federally assisted housing pay an average of $377 towards rent each month.

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Affordable rent data for some communities last confirmed on June 9th, 2021. Subdsidized rents typically change once a year based on federal guidance.

Affordable Housing Near Isla Vista

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City Apartments
Santa Barbara, CA Affordable Housing programs support 31 apartment communities in Santa Barbara.
Lompoc, CA Affordable Housing programs support 18 apartment communities in Lompoc.
Santa Maria, CA Affordable Housing programs support 18 apartment communities in Santa Maria.
Goleta, CA Affordable Housing programs support 9 apartment communities in Goleta.
Carpinteria, CA Affordable Housing programs support 5 apartment communities in Carpinteria.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Isla Vista, 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.

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Go to the California Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Isla Vista.

Isla Vista, California Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Isla Vista, California

Isla Vista features 31 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 Isla Vista, California

There are 56 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Isla Vista.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Isla Vista, California

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Isla Vista, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,400 and $2,934.

2023 Isla Vista, 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
Isla Vista, California Fair Market Rent $2,040 $2,350 $2,667 $3,520 $4,001
Isla Vista, California Payment Standard Range $1,836 to $2,244 $2,115 to $2,585 $2,400 to $2,934 $3,168 to $3,872 $3,601 to $4,401

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Isla Vista, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 87
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 31
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 98.24%
Average Renter Household Size 3.30
Average Household Size 3.28
Median Household Income $20,550 ±$2,813
Median Rent $1,364 ±$35
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 76.61% ± 4.43pp
Total Population 26,275

Population and Household Demographics

Isla Vista is a city in Santa Barbara County, California with a population of 26,275. There are 5,127 households in the city with an average household size of 3.28 persons. 98.24% of households in Isla Vista are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Isla Vista

The median gross income for households in Isla Vista is $20,550 a year, or $1,713 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,364 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Isla Vista, a household making less than $4,547 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 76.61% of households who rent are overburdened in Isla Vista.

Area Median Income In Isla Vista

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 Isla Vista, the AMI is calculated from all households within Santa Barbara County.

In Isla Vista, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $100,100

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 Isla Vista

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 Isla Vista

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Isla Vista AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$29,350 $33,550 $37,750 $41,900 $45,300 $48,650 $52,000 $55,350
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Isla Vista AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$48,900 $55,900 $62,900 $69,850 $75,450 $81,050 $86,650 $92,250
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Isla Vista AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$78,350 $89,550 $100,750 $111,900 $120,900 $129,850 $138,800 $147,750