Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in San Bernardino County, CA

Discover affordable housing in San Bernardino County where there are 202+ 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.

The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In San Bernardino County, California
$22.07 (+138%) more than California minimum wage and $30.82 (+425%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve San Bernardino County, 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, Moving to Work programs for San Bernardino County, California.

Go to the California Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near San Bernardino County.

How many renters live in San Bernardino County, California?

The County of San Bernardino County has 2,193,656 people living in 674,191 households.

There are 772,653 renters living in 252,131 renter households in this County. Renters make up 35.22 percent of the population living in San Bernardino County.

What is the rental market like in San Bernardino County, California?

There are an estimated 742,136 housing units in the San Bernardino County area. Of these, 260,778 units are rental homes, making up 35 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in San Bernardino County, California, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in San Bernardino County?

The rental vacancy rate in San Bernardino County 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 San Bernardino County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in San Bernardino County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
14,720 40,331 106,119 64,151 22,146
Occupied Rental Units by Size in San Bernardino County

A large number of apartments in San Bernardino County 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 San Bernardino County are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 58 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 31 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 San Bernardino County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $1,517 to $3,304. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $1,517
One BR $1,611
Two BR $2,010
Three BR $2,707
Four BR $3,304
2024 Fair Market Rents in San Bernardino County, California

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in San Bernardino County?

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 8,744 59 percent
One BR 23,662 59 percent
Two BR 46,844 44 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in San Bernardino County, California

How many affordable rental units are in San Bernardino County?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in San Bernardino County, California including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 10,801
Public Housing 53
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 3,029
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 1,112
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 17
USDA Section 515 Rural Rental Housing 724
Tracked Units by Federal Program in San Bernardino County, California

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

Income Based Apartments in San Bernardino County, California

San Bernardino County features 6,317 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 San Bernardino County, California

There are 8,728 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in San Bernardino County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in San Bernardino County, California

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in San Bernardino County, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,809 and $2,211.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.