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Affordable Housing In Merced
Merced County, California

21 Low Income Apartment Communities In Merced

Sunnyside-Sunnyview Apartments

988 D Street
Merced, California
Call For Rent
3-4 BR

Laurel Glen

777 Loughborough Dr
Merced, California
$583-714
1-2 BR

Merced Gardens

3299 Meadows Avenue
Merced, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Alamar Apartments I & II

218 S Canal St
Merced, California
$620-790
2-4 BR

Merced Commons I

290 Q St
Merced, California
Subsidized

Merced Golden Manor

338 T St
Merced, California
Subsidized

Childs Avenue Apartments

1296 W 1st St
Merced, California

Glen Haven Park

44 Swallow Ct
Merced, California

Sunny View Apartments

1108 D St
Merced, California

Sierra Meadows Apartments

720 W 15th St
Merced, California

Housing Authorities that serve Merced

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the County of Merced Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Merced, California

There are 21 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,403 affordable apartments for rent in Merced, California.

Income Based Apartments in Merced, California

Merced features 349 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 Merced, California

There are 1,004 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Merced.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Merced, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Merced landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in Merced.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Merced, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $852 and $1,042.

2020 Merced, 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 $651 $782 $947 $1,366 $1,652
Payment Standard Range $586 to $716 $704 to $860 $852 to $1,042 $1,229 to $1,503 $1,487 to $1,817

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Merced, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 21
Total Low Income Apartments 1,403
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 349
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 58.33%
Average Renter Household Size 3.32
Average Household Size 3.16
Median Household Income $37,627 ±$1,596
Median Rent $839 ±$22
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 55.48% ± 4.04pp
Total Population 81,120

Population and Household Demographics

Merced is a city in Merced County, California with a population of 81,120. There are 25,330 households in the city with an average household size of 3.16 persons. 58.33% of households in Merced are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Merced

The median gross income for households in Merced is $37,627 a year, or $3,136 a month. The median rent for the city is $839 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Merced, a household making less than $2,797 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 55.48% of households who rent are overburdened in Merced.

Area Median Income In Merced

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

In Merced, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $52,300

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 Merced

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 Merced

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,700 $17,240 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $24,500 $28,000 $31,500 $34,950 $37,750 $40,550 $43,350 $46,150
80% of Median $39,150 $44,750 $50,350 $55,900 $60,400 $64,850 $69,350 $73,800