Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in National City, CA

Discover affordable housing in National City where there are 10+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

Summercrest Apartments

2615 E Plaza Blvd, National City, California 91950

Vista Del Sol Apartments

1545 Q Ave, National City, California 91950

Courtyard at Kimball

1105 National City Blvd., National City, California 91950

Telacu Southbay Manor

650 E 14th St, National City, California 91950

Park Villas Apartments

817 Eta Street, National City, California 91950

Granger Apartments

2700 E 8th St, National City, California 91950

Paradise Creek Apartments

2120 Hoover Avenue, National City, California 91950

Morgan & Kimball Towers

1317 D AVE, National City, California 91950

Plaza City Apartments

1535 E Plaza Blvd, National City, California 91950

1400 - 1543 Q Avenue ( 144 Units )

1400 Q Ave, National City, California 91950

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Reported On February 23rd, 2024 by Lorena Bentley

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The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In National City, California
$37.66 (+235%) more than California minimum wage and $46.41 (+640%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve 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.

Operates the 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) programs for National City, California.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for National City, California.

Go to the California Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near National City.

How many renters live in National City, California?

The City of National City has 56,345 people living in 17,440 households.

There are 34,127 renters living in 11,718 renter households in this City. Renters make up 60.57 percent of the population living in National City.

What is the rental market like in National City, California?

There are an estimated 18,631 housing units in the National City area. Of these, 12,237 units are rental homes, making up 66 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in National City, California, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in National City?

The rental vacancy rate in National City is 3 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

How many rental units are in National City for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in National City
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
993 3,735 5,060 1,579 308
Occupied Rental Units by Size in National City

A large number of apartments in National City have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in National City are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 57 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 32 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in National City

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $2,062 to $4,638. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $2,062
One BR $2,248
Two BR $2,833
Three BR $3,819
Four BR $4,638
2024 Fair Market Rents in National City, California

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in National City?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 782 79 percent
One BR 2,651 71 percent
Two BR 2,035 40 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in National City, California

How many affordable rental units are in National City?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in National City, California including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 1,280
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 685
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 75
Tracked Units by Federal Program in National City, California

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in National City, California

National City features 780 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 852 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 $2,550 and $3,116.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.