Affordable Housing In Sacramento
Sacramento County, California

171 Low Income Apartment Communities In Sacramento

Land Park Woods

2814 5th St
Sacramento, CA
Income Based
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Cottage Estates

2900 Channel Ct
Sacramento, CA
$804-984
2 BR
HCV Welcome

Greenbriar

2844 Wright St
Sacramento, CA
Income Based
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome
Subsidized

Valencia Point

4500 Natomas Central Dr
Sacramento, CA
$670-1,129
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Crossroad Gardens

7322 Florinwood Dr
Sacramento, CA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Sommerset Place

6100 48th Ave
Sacramento, CA
$423-1,020
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

7th and H Apartments

720 7th St
Sacramento, CA
Income Based
1 BR
HCV Welcome

Vintage at Natomas Field

4000 Alan Shepard Street
Sacramento, CA
$644-773
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

St Francis Terrace

2525 L St
Sacramento, CA
Income Based
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Mosiac Gardens at Taylor Terrace

4058 Taylor Street
Sacramento, CA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

There are 171 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 18,954 affordable apartments for rent in Sacramento. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 6,978 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Sacramento, HUD housing programs support 3,595 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 11,948 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Sacramento

Housing Authority Programs
Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Other Housing Authorities located in Sacramento

Housing Authority Programs
Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
California Dept of Hsg And Comm Dev Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
California Dept of Hsg And Comm Dev Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Sacramento, California

Sacramento, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 171
Total Low Income Apartments 18,954
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 6,978
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 52.79%
Average Renter Household Size 2.59
Total Population 480,566
Housing Units 178,185
Average Household Size 2.65
Median Household Income $50,739 ±$834
Median Rent $1,022 ±$14
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.98% ± 1.24pp

Population and Household Demographics

Sacramento is a City in Sacramento County, California with a population of 480,566. There are 178,185 households in the city with an average household size of 2.65 persons. 52.79% of households in Sacramento are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Sacramento

The median gross income for households in Sacramento is $50,739 a year, or $4,228 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,022 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Sacramento, a household making less than $3,407 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.98% of households who rent are overburdened in Sacramento.1

Area Median Income In Sacramento

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 Sacramento, the AMI is calculated from all households within Sacramento County.

In Sacramento, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $83,600

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 Sacramento

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 Sacramento HUD Rental Assistance in Sacramento

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $17,600 $20,100 $22,600 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $29,300 $33,450 $37,650 $41,800 $45,150 $48,500 $51,850 $55,200
80% of Median $46,850 $53,550 $60,250 $66,900 $72,300 $77,650 $83,000 $88,350
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Sacramento

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1988 to 2011, 102 low income apartment communities containing 11,999 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Sacramento by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Sacramento

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $29,300 $33,450 $37,650 $41,800 $45,150 $48,500 $51,850 $55,200
60% of Median $35,160 $40,140 $45,180 $50,160 $54,180 $58,200 $62,220 $66,240

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Sacramento is $45,180 a year, or $3,765 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,765 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,130 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $733 $784 $941 $1,087 $1,213 $1,338
60% $879 $941 $1,130 $1,304 $1,455 $1,606
Fair Market Rents in Sacramento

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$853 $968 $1,220 $1,764 $2,143