Affordable Housing In Merced
Merced County, California

22 Low Income Apartment Communities In Merced

Sca Homes

504 Seville Way
Merced, California

Merced Migrant Cntr

2753 N Santa Fe Avenue
Merced, California

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Merced, 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.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Merced, California

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 22 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,478 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 1,079 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 $1,008 and $1,232.

2022 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
Merced, California Fair Market Rent $766 $914 $1,120 $1,591 $1,917
Merced, California Payment Standard Range $689 to $843 $823 to $1,005 $1,008 to $1,232 $1,432 to $1,750 $1,725 to $2,109

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Merced, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 22
Total Low Income Apartments 1,478
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 $66,400

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 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

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Merced AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$14,650 $17,420 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Merced AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$24,400 $27,900 $31,400 $34,850 $37,650 $40,450 $43,250 $46,050
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Merced AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$39,050 $44,600 $50,200 $55,750 $60,250 $64,700 $69,150 $73,600