Cheap Apartments In Marin County
California

Fireside Apartments

115 Shoreline Hwy
Mill Valley, CA
$750-1,250
Studio-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Warner Creek Senior Housing

806 Diablo Avenue
Novato, CA
62+
Subsidized

Bradley House

101 Esperanza
Tiburon, CA
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Ridgeway Apartments

141 Donahue Street
Sausalito, CA
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Lincoln Ave. Apartments

1351 Lincoln Ave
San Rafael, CA
Accessable
Subsidized

Fireside Apartments

115 Shoreline Hwy
Mill Valley, CA
$750-1,250
Studio-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Warner Creek Senior Housing

806 Diablo Avenue
Novato, CA
62+
Subsidized

Bradley House

101 Esperanza
Tiburon, CA
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Ridgeway Apartments

141 Donahue Street
Sausalito, CA
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Lincoln Ave. Apartments

1351 Lincoln Ave
San Rafael, CA
Accessable
Subsidized

There are 71 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 3,264 affordable apartments for rent in Marin County, California. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 1,631 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 707 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Marin County. There are 1,635 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Housing Authorities that serve Marin County

The Housing Authority of the County of Marin is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in San Rafael, California.

Understanding Affordable Housing in Marin County, California

Marin County, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 71
Total Low Income Apartments 3,264
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 1,631
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 37.56%
Average Renter Household Size 2.35
Total Population 258,349
Housing Units 103,670
Average Household Size 2.41
Median Household Income $93,257 ±$2,610
Median Rent $1,678 ±$26
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.51% ± 2.52pp

Population and Household Demographics

Marin County is a County in California with a population of 258,349. There are 103,670 households in the county with an average household size of 2.41 persons. 37.56% of households in Marin County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Marin County

The median gross income for households in Marin County is $93,257 a year, or $7,771 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,678 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Marin County, a household making less than $5,593 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.51% of households who rent are overburdened in Marin County.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 2.52 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Marin 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 Marin County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $118,400

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 Marin 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 Marin County HUD Rental Assistance in Marin County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $30,800 $35,200 $39,600 $44,000 $47,550 $51,050 $54,600 $58,100
50% of Median $51,350 $58,650 $66,000 $73,300 $79,200 $85,050 $90,900 $96,800
80% of Median $82,200 $93,950 $105,700 $117,400 $126,800 $136,200 $145,600 $155,000

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Marin County

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

From 1991 to 2011, 24 low income apartment communities containing 1,500 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Marin County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Marin County by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

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 Marin County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $51,350 $58,650 $66,000 $73,300 $79,200 $85,050 $90,900 $96,800
60% of Median $61,620 $70,380 $79,200 $87,960 $95,040 $102,060 $109,080 $116,160

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 Marin County is $79,200 a year, or $6,600 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $6,600 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,980 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% $1,284 $1,375 $1,650 $1,906 $2,126 $2,346
60% $1,541 $1,650 $1,980 $2,288 $2,552 $2,816
Fair Market Rents in Marin 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.

2018 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$2,014 $2,499 $3,121 $4,070 $4,346

Cities In Marin County

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City Listings Served By
San Rafael 22 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Rafael is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Novato 14 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Novato is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Point Reyes Station 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Point Reyes Station is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Fairfax 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fairfax is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Larkspur 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Larkspur is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Marin City 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Marin City is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Tiburon 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Tiburon is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Sausalito 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sausalito is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Mill Valley 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mill Valley is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
San Anselmo 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Anselmo is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Corte Madera 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Corte Madera is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Belvedere 1
Kentfield 1
Alto 0
Black Point Green Point 0
Bolinas 0
Dillon Beach 0
Inverness 0
Lagunitas Forest Knolls 0
Lucas Valley Marinwood 0
Muir Beach 0
Nicasio 0
Ross 0
San Geronimo 0
Santa Venetia 0
Sleepy Hollow 0
Stinson Beach 0
Strawberry 0
Tamalpais Homestead Valley 0
Tomales 0
Woodacre 0
Black Point-Green Point 0
Lagunitas-Forest Knolls 0
Lucas Valley-Marinwood 0
Tamalpais-Homestead Valley 0