Affordable Housing In San Diego
San Diego County, California

183 Low Income Apartment Communities In San Diego

City Scene

4105 Georgia St
San Diego, CA
Income Based
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Cielo Carmel

6050 Camino San Fermin
San Diego, CA
Income Based
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Sorrento Towers

2875 Cowley Way
San Diego, CA
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
Subsidized

Cerro Pueblo

2835 Clairemont Dr
San Diego, CA
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized

Lions Community Manor

310 Market St
San Diego, CA
Income Based
Studio BR
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Luther Tower Apartments

1455 2nd Ave
San Diego, CA
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
55+
HCV Welcome

Mason

1345 5th Ave
San Diego, CA
Income Based
Studio BR
HCV Welcome

Studio 15 Apartments

1476 Imperial Ave
San Diego, CA
$758
Studio BR
HCV Welcome

Kalos

3795 Florida St
San Diego, CA
Income Based
1 BR
HCV Welcome

Talmadge Senior Village

5252 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA
Income Based
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Housing Authorities that serve San Diego

Housing Authority Programs
San Diego Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moving to Work

Other Housing Authorities located in San Diego

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the County of San Diego Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Moderate Rehabilitation; Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

Guide To Affordable Housing in San Diego, California

There are 183 low income housing apartment communities offering 18,346 affordable apartments for rent in San Diego, California. San Diego features 5,892 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 11,495 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in San Diego.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

San Diego, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 183
Total Low Income Apartments 18,346
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 5,892
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 53.15%
Average Renter Household Size 2.67
Average Household Size 2.73
Median Household Income $66,116 ±$619
Median Rent $1,377 ±$9
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.74% ± 0.87pp
Total Population 1,359,791

Population and Household Demographics

San Diego is a City in San Diego County, California with a population of 1,359,791. There are 485,091 households in the city with an average household size of 2.73 persons. 53.15% of households in San Diego are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in San Diego

The median gross income for households in San Diego is $66,116 a year, or $5,510 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,377 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In San Diego, a household making less than $4,590 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.74% of households who rent are overburdened in San Diego.1

Area Median Income In San Diego

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 San Diego, the AMI is calculated from all households within San Diego County.

In San Diego, 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 San Diego

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 San Diego HUD Rental Assistance in San Diego

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $22,500 $25,700 $28,900 $32,100 $34,700 $37,250 $39,850 $43,430
50% of Median $37,450 $42,800 $48,150 $53,500 $57,800 $62,100 $66,350 $70,650
80% of Median $59,950 $68,500 $77,050 $85,600 $92,450 $99,300 $106,150 $113,000
Fair Market Rents in San Diego

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.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$1,404 $1,566 $2,037 $2,894 $3,576