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Affordable Housing In Los Altos Hills
Santa Clara County, California

Housing Authorities that serve Los Altos Hills

Housing Authority Programs
San Jose City Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Santa Clara County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moving to Work

Guide To Affordable Housing in Los Altos Hills, California

There are 0 low income housing apartment communities offering 0 affordable apartments for rent in Los Altos Hills, California.

Income Based Apartments in Los Altos Hills, California

Los Altos Hills 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 Los Altos Hills, California

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

Housing Choice Vouchers in Los Altos Hills, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Los Altos Hills landlords $0 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $0 towards rent in Los Altos Hills.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Los Altos Hills, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,673 and $3,267.

2020 Los Altos Hills, 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
Fair Market Rent $2,103 $2,458 $2,970 $3,943 $4,525
Payment Standard Range $1,893 to $2,313 $2,212 to $2,704 $2,673 to $3,267 $3,549 to $4,337 $4,073 to $4,978

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Los Altos Hills, 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 10.24%
Average Renter Household Size 2.87
Average Household Size 2.71
Median Household Income $226,319 ±$31,851
Median Rent $2,494 ±$617
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 30.77% ± 20.72pp
Total Population 8,314

Population and Household Demographics

Los Altos Hills is a city in Santa Clara County, California with a population of 8,314. There are 3,047 households in the city with an average household size of 2.71 persons. 10.24% of households in Los Altos Hills are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Los Altos Hills

The median gross income for households in Los Altos Hills is $226,319 a year, or $18,860 a month. The median rent for the city is $2,494 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Los Altos Hills, a household making less than $8,313 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 30.77% of households who rent are overburdened in Los Altos Hills.

Area Median Income In Los Altos Hills

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 Los Altos Hills, the AMI is calculated from all households within Santa Clara County.

In Los Altos Hills, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $141,600

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 Los Altos Hills

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 Los Altos Hills

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $33,150 $37,900 $42,650 $47,350 $51,150 $54,950 $58,750 $62,550
50% of Median $55,300 $63,200 $71,100 $78,950 $85,300 $91,600 $97,900 $104,250
80% of Median $78,550 $89,750 $100,950 $112,150 $121,150 $130,100 $139,100 $148,050