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Affordable Housing In Sacramento
Sacramento County, California

173 Low Income Apartment Communities In Sacramento

Land Park Woods

2814 5th St
Sacramento, California
Income Based
1-3 BR

Greenbriar

2844 Wright St
Sacramento, California
Income Based
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Valencia Point

4500 Natomas Central Dr
Sacramento, California
$670-1,129
1-3 BR

Sommerset Place

6100 48th Ave
Sacramento, California
$423-1,020
2-3 BR

7th and H Apartments

720 7th St
Sacramento, California
Income Based
1 BR

Vintage at Natomas Field

4000 Alan Shepard Street
Sacramento, California
$644-773
1-2 BR

Mosiac Gardens at Taylor Terrace

4058 Taylor St
Sacramento, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Clover Ridge

5450 Kohler Ave
Sacramento, California
$830-993
1-2 BR

St.Francis

2525 L St
Sacramento, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Martin Luther King, Jr. Village

3900 47th Ave
Sacramento, California
Income Based
1 BR
Supportive Housing

Housing Authorities that serve Sacramento

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Sacramento, California

There are 173 low income housing apartment communities offering 19,152 affordable apartments for rent in Sacramento, California.

Income Based Apartments in Sacramento, California

Sacramento features 6,956 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 Sacramento, California

There are 12,168 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Sacramento.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Sacramento, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Sacramento landlords $800 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Sacramento.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Sacramento, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,214 and $1,484.

2020 Sacramento, 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
Fair Market Rent $952 $1,072 $1,349 $1,946 $2,368
Payment Standard Range $857 to $1,047 $965 to $1,179 $1,214 to $1,484 $1,751 to $2,141 $2,131 to $2,605

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Sacramento, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 173
Total Low Income Apartments 19,152
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 6,956
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 52.79%
Average Renter Household Size 2.59
Average Household Size 2.65
Median Household Income $50,739 ±$834
Median Rent $1,022 ±$14
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.98% ± 1.24pp
Total Population 480,566

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.

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 $86,300

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 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 $18,150 $20,750 $23,350 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $30,250 $34,550 $38,850 $43,150 $46,650 $50,100 $53,550 $57,000
80% of Median $48,350 $55,250 $62,150 $69,050 $74,600 $80,100 $85,650 $91,150