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

Discover affordable housing in San Diego where there are 217+ 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.

Studio 15

1476 Imperial Ave, San Diego, California 92101

CCBA Senior Garden

438 3rd Avenue, San Diego, California 92101

Wesley Terrace

5343 Monroe Ave, San Diego, California 92115

San Diego Square

1055 9th Ave, San Diego, California 92101

Las Serenas Apartments

4352 Delta St, San Diego, California 92113

Del Sol Apartments

3690 Del Sol Blvd., San Diego, California 92154

Villa Nueva

3604 Beyer Blvd, San Diego, California 92173

Golden Age Gardens Apartments

740 S 36th St, San Diego, California 92113

Talmadge Senior Village

5252 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, California 92115

Creekside Trails

2129 Coronado Ave, San Diego, California 92154

Sagewood Apartments

16217 Stonebridge Pkwy, San Diego, California 92131

Alabama Manor Apartments

3836 Alabama St, San Diego, California 92104

Auburn Park Apartments

5135 University Ave, San Diego, California 92105

Los Vientos

1629 National Ave, San Diego, California 92113

Ten Fifty B, Phase II

1050 B St, San Diego, California 92101

Courtyard Terrace Apartments

4321 52nd St, San Diego, California 92115

Meadowbrook Apartments

7844 Paradise Valley Rd, San Diego, California 92139

Sorrento Towers

2875 Cowley Way, San Diego, California 92110

Riverwalk Apartments

1194 Hollister St, San Diego, California 92154

City Scene

4105 Georgia St, San Diego, California 92103

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Reported On February 23rd, 2024 by Robin Lovelace

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Reported On February 23rd, 2024 by Lorena Bentley

The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In San Diego, California
$37.66 (+235%) more than California minimum wage and $46.41 (+640%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve San Diego, 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 Diego, California.
Operates the 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) programs for San Diego, California.

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

How many renters live in San Diego, California?

The City of San Diego has 1,381,182 people living in 528,530 households.

There are 657,066 renters living in 280,411 renter households in this City. Renters make up 47.57 percent of the population living in San Diego.

What is the rental market like in San Diego, California?

There are an estimated 565,401 housing units in the San Diego area. Of these, 294,773 units are rental homes, making up 52 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in San Diego, California, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in San Diego?

The rental vacancy rate in San Diego is 4 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 Diego for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in San Diego
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
28,149 79,327 109,641 45,235 14,406
Occupied Rental Units by Size in San Diego

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

Among renter households in this market, 53 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 26 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 Diego

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $2,062 to $4,638. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $2,062
One BR $2,248
Two BR $2,833
Three BR $3,819
Four BR $4,638
2024 Fair Market Rents in San Diego, California

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

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 12,534 45 percent
One BR 20,373 26 percent
Two BR 14,227 13 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in San Diego, California

How many affordable rental units are in San Diego?

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

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 14,918
Public Housing 189
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 5,138
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 239
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 55
Tracked Units by Federal Program in San Diego, California

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

Income Based Apartments in San Diego, California

San Diego features 6,434 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 Diego, California

There are 12,962 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in San Diego.

Housing Choice Vouchers in San Diego, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay San Diego landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in San Diego.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in San Diego, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,550 and $3,116.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.