Affordable Housing In Merced County
California

Affordable Housing programs support 1,081 income based apartments in Merced County where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 1,710 affordable apartments in Merced County that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Merced County, California

There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Merced County. Go to the California Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near Merced County.

Harvest Garden Apartments

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

Almond Garden and Almond Garden Family

16200 W. Delhi Ave.
Delhi, California
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Affordable

Magnolia Garden

9760 Gordon Ave.
Delhi, California
$878
2 BR
Rent Assisted

Laurel Glen

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

Overland Court

405 Rockport Dr
Los Banos, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+
Affordable

Kings Crossing

1191 Willow St
Atwater, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Accessible
Rent Assisted
62+
Supportive Housing
Elderly Supportive Housing

The Orchards on Newcastle

1151 Newcastle Dr
Livingston, California
Call For Rent
2-4 BR
Affordable

Carrington Pointe

1985 San Luis St
Los Banos, California
Call For Rent
2-4 BR
Affordable

Sunnyside Apartments

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

Merced Gardens

3299 Meadows Avenue
Merced, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Rent Assisted
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Affordable Housing In Merced County

View affordable apartments and waiting lists in cities near Merced County

City Apartments
Affordable Housing In Atwater, CA Affordable Housing programs support 2 apartment communities in Atwater.
Affordable Housing In Delhi, CA Affordable Housing programs support 3 apartment communities in Delhi.
Affordable Housing In Dos Palos, CA Affordable Housing programs support 2 apartment communities in Dos Palos.
Affordable Housing In Gustine, CA Affordable Housing programs support 2 apartment communities in Gustine.
Affordable Housing In Le Grand, CA Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Le Grand.
Affordable Housing In Livingston, CA Affordable Housing programs support 4 apartment communities in Livingston.
Affordable Housing In Los Banos, CA Affordable Housing programs support 10 apartment communities in Los Banos.
Affordable Housing In Merced, CA Affordable Housing programs support 22 apartment communities in Merced.
Affordable Housing In Planada, CA Affordable Housing programs support 5 apartment communities in Planada.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Merced County, California

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Waiting lists for project-based assistance, like the Public Housing program, are open:

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)
Go to the California Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Merced County.

Merced County, California Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Merced County, California

Merced County features 1,081 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 County, California

There are 1,710 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Merced County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Merced County, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Merced County landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Merced County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Merced County, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,119 and $1,367.

2023 Merced County, 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
Merced County, California Fair Market Rent $854 $1,017 $1,243 $1,767 $2,117
Merced County, California Payment Standard Range $769 to $939 $915 to $1,119 $1,119 to $1,367 $1,590 to $1,944 $1,905 to $2,329

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Merced County, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 51
Total Low Income Apartments 3,019
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,081
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 48.36%
Average Renter Household Size 3.47
Average Household Size 3.32
Median Household Income $42,462 ±$1,214
Median Rent $873 ±$16
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.33% ± 2.62pp
Total Population 263,885

Population and Household Demographics

Merced County is a county in California with a population of 263,885. There are 77,692 households in the county with an average household size of 3.32 persons. 48.36% of households in Merced County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Merced County

The median gross income for households in Merced County is $42,462 a year, or $3,539 a month. The median rent for the county is $873 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Merced County, a household making less than $2,910 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.33% of households who rent are overburdened in Merced County.

Area Median Income In Merced 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 Merced County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $73,100

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 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 HUD Rental Assistance in Merced County

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Merced County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$16,350 $18,700 $23,030 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Merced County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$27,300 $31,200 $35,100 $38,950 $42,100 $45,200 $48,300 $51,450
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Merced County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$43,650 $49,850 $56,100 $62,300 $67,300 $72,300 $77,300 $82,250