Affordable Housing In Livingston
Merced County, California

3 Low Income Apartment Communities In Livingston

Harvest Garden Apartments

1429 Nut Tree
Livingston, CA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

VIntage West Apartments

1000 Front Street
Livingston, CA
Subsidized

Self - Help Enterprises

1001 B St
Livingston, CA
HCV Welcome
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Housing Authorities that serve Livingston

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the County of Merced Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Livingston, California

There are 3 low income housing apartment communities offering 190 affordable apartments for rent in Livingston, California. Livingston features 154 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 36 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Livingston.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Livingston, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 190
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 154
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 43.62%
Average Renter Household Size 3.99
Average Household Size 4.03
Median Household Income $51,538 ±$7,322
Median Rent $922 ±$103
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 50.14% ± 12.78pp
Total Population 13,611

Population and Household Demographics

Livingston is a City in Merced County, California with a population of 13,611. There are 3,379 households in the city with an average household size of 4.03 persons. 43.62% of households in Livingston are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Livingston

The median gross income for households in Livingston is $51,538 a year, or $4,295 a month. The median rent for the city is $922 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Livingston, a household making less than $3,073 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 50.14% of households who rent are overburdened in Livingston.1

Area Median Income In Livingston

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 Livingston, the AMI is calculated from all households within Merced County.

In Livingston, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $55,500

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 Livingston

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 Livingston HUD Rental Assistance in Livingston

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 Livingston

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

From 1992 to 2001, 2 low income apartment communities containing 90 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Livingston 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 Livingston

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 Livingston 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 Livingston

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
$651 $782 $947 $1,366 $1,652