National City, California Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing programs support 255 income based apartments in National City where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 1,064 affordable apartments in National City that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in National City, California

There are two Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists open in National City.

  • is currently open for new Section 8 applications.
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Go to the California Section 8 Waiting Lists page for more openings near National City.

Vista Del Sol Apartments

1545 Q Ave
National City, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Affordable

Park Villas Apartments

817 Eta Street
National City, California
$1,439-1,663
2-3 BR
Affordable

Summercrest Apartments

2615 E Plaza Blvd
National City, California
Affordable

Paradise Creek Apartments

2120 Hoover Avenue
National City, California
Call For Rent
Studio-3 BR
Affordable

Granger Apartments

2700 E 8th St
National City, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Rent Assisted

Telacu Southbay Manor

650 E 14th St
National City, California
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Plaza City Apartments

1535 E Plaza Blvd
National City, California
Affordable

1400 - 1543 Q Avenue ( 144 Units )

1400 Q Ave
National City, California
Affordable
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Affordable Housing Near National City

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City Apartments
San Diego, CA Affordable Housing programs support 201 apartment communities in San Diego.
Chula Vista, CA Affordable Housing programs support 24 apartment communities in Chula Vista.
San Marcos, CA Affordable Housing programs support 23 apartment communities in San Marcos.
Escondido, CA Affordable Housing programs support 22 apartment communities in Escondido.
Oceanside, CA Affordable Housing programs support 20 apartment communities in Oceanside.

Public Housing Agencies Serving National City, 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.

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of National City Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Housing Authority of the County of San Diego Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Moderate Rehabilitation; Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
Go to the California Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near National City.

National City, California Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in National City, California

National City features 255 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 National City, California

There are 1,064 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in National City.

Housing Choice Vouchers in National City, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay National City landlords $1,000 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in National City.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in National City, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,159 and $2,639.

2023 National City, 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
National City, California Fair Market Rent $1,714 $1,885 $2,399 $3,279 $3,988
National City, California Payment Standard Range $1,543 to $1,885 $1,697 to $2,074 $2,159 to $2,639 $2,951 to $3,607 $3,589 to $4,387

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

National City, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 8
Total Low Income Apartments 1,319
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 255
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 69.27%
Average Renter Household Size 3.48
Average Household Size 3.63
Median Household Income $41,437 ±$1,751
Median Rent $996 ±$27
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 59.6% ± 3.87pp
Total Population 60,043

Population and Household Demographics

National City is a city in San Diego County, California with a population of 60,043. There are 15,332 households in the city with an average household size of 3.63 persons. 69.27% of households in National City are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in National City

The median gross income for households in National City is $41,437 a year, or $3,453 a month. The median rent for the city is $996 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In National City, a household making less than $3,320 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 59.6% of households who rent are overburdened in National City.

Area Median Income In National City

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 National City, the AMI is calculated from all households within San Diego County.

In National City, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $106,900

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 National City

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 National City

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the National City AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$27,350 $31,250 $35,150 $39,050 $42,200 $45,300 $48,450 $51,550
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the National City AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$45,550 $52,050 $58,550 $65,050 $70,300 $75,500 $80,700 $85,900
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the National City AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$72,900 $83,300 $93,700 $104,100 $112,450 $120,800 $129,100 $137,450