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Affordable Housing In Salinas
Monterey County, California

42 Low Income Apartment Communities In Salinas

Loma El Paraiso

512 Roosevelt St
Salinas, California

Flh Community Prop

30 La Posada Drive
Salinas, California

Housing Authorities that serve Salinas

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the County of Monterey Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Salinas, California

There are 42 low income housing apartment communities offering 3,108 affordable apartments for rent in Salinas, California.

Income Based Apartments in Salinas, California

Salinas features 933 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 Salinas, California

There are 2,046 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Salinas.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Salinas, California

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Salinas, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,614 and $1,972.

2021 Salinas, 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 $1,348 $1,466 $1,793 $2,566 $2,813
Payment Standard Range $1,213 to $1,483 $1,319 to $1,613 $1,614 to $1,972 $2,309 to $2,823 $2,532 to $3,094

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Salinas, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 42
Total Low Income Apartments 3,108
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 933
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 57.27%
Average Renter Household Size 3.85
Average Household Size 3.75
Median Household Income $49,840 ±$1,451
Median Rent $1,152 ±$18
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 58.86% ± 2.81pp
Total Population 155,366

Population and Household Demographics

Salinas is a city in Monterey County, California with a population of 155,366. There are 40,892 households in the city with an average household size of 3.75 persons. 57.27% of households in Salinas are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Salinas

The median gross income for households in Salinas is $49,840 a year, or $4,153 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,152 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Salinas, a household making less than $3,840 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 58.86% of households who rent are overburdened in Salinas.

Area Median Income In Salinas

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 Salinas, the AMI is calculated from all households within Monterey County.

In Salinas, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $81,600

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 Salinas

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 Salinas

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $20,350 $23,250 $26,150 $29,050 $31,400 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $33,950 $38,800 $43,650 $48,450 $52,350 $56,250 $60,100 $64,000
80% of Median $54,250 $62,000 $69,750 $77,500 $83,700 $89,900 $96,100 $102,300