Affordable Housing In Lake Forest
Orange County, California

Housing Authorities that serve Lake Forest

Housing Authority Programs
Orange County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Lake Forest, California

There are 0 low income housing apartment communities offering 0 affordable apartments for rent in Lake Forest, California.

Income Based Apartments in Lake Forest, California

Lake Forest features 0 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 Lake Forest, California

There are 0 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Lake Forest.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Lake Forest, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Lake Forest landlords $1,400 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in Lake Forest.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Lake Forest, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,098 and $2,564.

2021 Lake Forest, 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
Lake Forest, California Fair Market Rent $1,678 $1,888 $2,331 $3,227 $3,716
Lake Forest, California Payment Standard Range $1,510 to $1,846 $1,699 to $2,077 $2,098 to $2,564 $2,904 to $3,550 $3,344 to $4,088

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Lake Forest, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 0
Total Low Income Apartments 0
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 0
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 29.86%
Average Renter Household Size 2.97
Average Household Size 2.93
Median Household Income $91,254 ±$4,773
Median Rent $1,697 ±$40
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 52.95% ± 5.18pp
Total Population 79,928

Population and Household Demographics

Lake Forest is a city in Orange County, California with a population of 79,928. There are 27,044 households in the city with an average household size of 2.93 persons. 29.86% of households in Lake Forest are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Lake Forest

The median gross income for households in Lake Forest is $91,254 a year, or $7,605 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,697 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Lake Forest, a household making less than $5,657 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 52.95% of households who rent are overburdened in Lake Forest.

Area Median Income In Lake Forest

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 Lake Forest, the AMI is calculated from all households within Orange County.

In Lake Forest, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $106,700

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 Lake Forest

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 Lake Forest

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Lake Forest AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$28,250 $32,300 $36,350 $40,350 $43,600 $46,850 $50,050 $53,300
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Lake Forest AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$47,100 $53,800 $60,550 $67,250 $72,650 $78,050 $83,400 $88,800
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Lake Forest AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$75,300 $86,050 $96,800 $107,550 $116,200 $124,800 $133,400 $142,000