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Mackey Terrace

626 Owen Dr
Novato, California
S. 202
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1 BR

Wyndover Apartments

809 Diablo Ave
Novato, California
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1-2 BR

Cedar Dante House

1914 Novato Blvd
Novato, California

Warner Creek Senior Housing

806 Diablo Ave
Novato, California

Hamilton Meadows I

1455 N Hamilton Pkwy
Novato, California
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There are 663 low-income apartments in Novato that offer reduced rents to eligible households.

Rental assistance programs support 162 low-income homes in Novato where households pay rent based on how much they earn. For 2023, elgible households participating in federally assisted housing pay an average of $571 towards rent each month.

Affordable rent data for some communities last confirmed on June 22nd, 2021. Subdsidized rents typically change once a year based on federal guidance.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Novato, 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
Marin Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Go to the California Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Novato.

Novato, California Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Novato, California

Novato features 162 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 Novato, California

There are 663 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Novato.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Novato, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Novato landlords $1,800 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $600 towards rent in Novato.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Novato, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,869 and $3,507.

2023 Novato, 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
Novato, California Fair Market Rent $2,156 $2,665 $3,188 $3,912 $4,283
Novato, California Payment Standard Range $1,940 to $2,372 $2,399 to $2,932 $2,869 to $3,507 $3,521 to $4,303 $3,855 to $4,711

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Novato, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 15
Total Low Income Apartments 825
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 162
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 35.84%
Average Renter Household Size 2.60
Average Household Size 2.50
Median Household Income $78,439 ±$5,485
Median Rent $1,708 ±$68
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 56.36% ± 6.49pp
Total Population 54,133

Population and Household Demographics

Novato is a city in Marin County, California with a population of 54,133. There are 21,403 households in the city with an average household size of 2.50 persons. 35.84% of households in Novato are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Novato

The median gross income for households in Novato is $78,439 a year, or $6,537 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,708 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Novato, a household making less than $5,693 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 56.36% of households who rent are overburdened in Novato.

Area Median Income In Novato

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 Novato, the AMI is calculated from all households within Marin County.

In Novato, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $175,000

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 Novato

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 Novato

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Novato AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$39,050 $44,600 $50,200 $55,750 $60,250 $64,700 $69,150 $73,600
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Novato AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$65,050 $74,350 $83,650 $92,900 $100,350 $107,800 $115,200 $122,650
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Novato AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$104,100 $118,950 $133,800 $148,650 $160,550 $172,450 $184,350 $196,250