Affordable Housing In Kern County
California

145 Low Income Apartment Communities In Kern County

Valley View Apartments

2148 Jasmine street
Delano, CA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome
Subsidized

Sunrise Apartment Homes

1201 40th St
Bakersfield, CA
$786-893
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

The Meadows

2400 Goldenrod St
Bakersfield, CA
$588-796
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Park Meadows

840 Park Meadows Ave.
Bakersfield, CA
$689-869
2-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Mojave Villa Apartments

1592 Barstow Rd
Mojave, CA
Income Based
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Villa Del Commanche

1507 Bear Mountain Blvd. #A
Arvin, CA
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Subsidized

Park Palace Apartments

16193 H Street
Mojave, CA
Call For Rent
2-4 BR
HCV Welcome

St. John Manor Apartments

900 Fourth Street
Bakersfield, CA
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Lake Isabella Senior Apartments

2701 Erskine Creek Rd
Lake Isabella, CA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome
Subsidized

Sunnylane Village Apartments

2601 Sunny Lane
Bakersfield, CA
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized

Housing Authorities that serve Kern County

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the County of Kern Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-sufficiency

Other Housing Authorities located in Kern County

Housing Authority Programs
City of Wasco Housing Authority Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Kern County, California

There are 145 low income housing apartment communities offering 10,351 affordable apartments for rent in Kern County, California. Kern County features 2,558 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 7,327 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Kern County.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Kern County, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 145
Total Low Income Apartments 10,351
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 2,558
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 43.35%
Average Renter Household Size 3.30
Average Household Size 3.21
Median Household Income $49,026 ±$865
Median Rent $888 ±$10
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.06% ± 1.12pp
Total Population 865,736

Population and Household Demographics

Kern County is a County in California with a population of 865,736. There are 259,700 households in the county with an average household size of 3.21 persons. 43.35% of households in Kern County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Kern County

The median gross income for households in Kern County is $49,026 a year, or $4,086 a month. The median rent for the county is $888 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Kern County, a household making less than $2,960 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.06% of households who rent are overburdened in Kern County.1

Area Median Income In Kern County

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.

In Kern County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $57,900

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 Kern County

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 Kern County HUD Rental Assistance in Kern County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $13,650 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $42,800
50% of Median $22,700 $25,950 $29,200 $32,400 $35,000 $37,600 $40,200 $42,800
80% of Median $36,300 $41,500 $46,700 $51,850 $56,000 $60,150 $64,300 $68,450
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Kern County

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

From 1988 to 2012, 89 low income apartment communities containing 7,035 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Kern County 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 Kern County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $22,700 $25,950 $29,200 $32,400 $35,000 $37,600 $40,200 $42,800
60% of Median $27,240 $31,140 $35,040 $38,880 $42,000 $45,120 $48,240 $51,360

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 Kern County is $35,040 a year, or $2,920 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,920 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $876 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% $568 $608 $730 $843 $940 $1,038
60% $681 $730 $876 $1,011 $1,128 $1,245
Fair Market Rents in Kern County

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
$711 $726 $946 $1,365 $1,624

Cities In Kern County

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City Listings Served By
Bakersfield 59 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bakersfield is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Ridgecrest 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Ridgecrest is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Wasco 15 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Wasco are the Housing Authority of the County of Kern and City of Wasco Housing Authority.
Arvin 14 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Arvin is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Delano 14 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Delano is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Shafter 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Shafter is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Lamont 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lamont is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Lake Isabella 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lake Isabella is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Rosamond 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rosamond is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Mojave 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mojave is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Taft 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Taft is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Tehachapi 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Tehachapi is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Mcfarland 8 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mcfarland is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
California City 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves California City is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Greenfield 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Greenfield is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Lost Hills 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lost Hills is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Bear Valley Springs 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bear Valley Springs is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Bodfish 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bodfish is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Boron 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Boron is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Buttonwillow 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Buttonwillow is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Cherokee Strip 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cherokee Strip is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
China Lake Acres 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves China Lake Acres is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Derby Acres 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Derby Acres is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Dustin Acres 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Dustin Acres is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Edmundson Acres 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Edmundson Acres is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Edwards AFB 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Edwards AFB is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Fellows 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fellows is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Ford City 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Ford City is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Frazier Park 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Frazier Park is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Fuller Acres 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fuller Acres is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Golden Hills 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Golden Hills is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Greenacres 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Greenacres is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Inyokern 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Inyokern is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Johannesburg 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Johannesburg is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Keene 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Keene is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Kernville 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Kernville is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Lake of the Woods 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lake of the Woods is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Lebec 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lebec is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
McKittrick 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves McKittrick is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Maricopa 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Maricopa is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Mettler 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mettler is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Mexican Colony 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mexican Colony is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Mountain Mesa 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mountain Mesa is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
North Edwards 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves North Edwards is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Oildale 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Oildale is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Onyx 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Onyx is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Pine Mountain Club 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Pine Mountain Club is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Randsburg 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Randsburg is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Rosedale 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rosedale is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Smith Corner 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Smith Corner is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
South Taft 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves South Taft is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Squirrel Mountain Valley 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Squirrel Mountain Valley is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Stallion Springs 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Stallion Springs is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Taft Heights 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Taft Heights is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Tupman 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Tupman is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Valley Acres 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Valley Acres is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Weedpatch 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Weedpatch is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Weldon 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Weldon is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Wofford Heights 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Wofford Heights is the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.