Affordable Housing In San Diego County
California

Affordable Housing programs support 9,982 income based apartments in San Diego County where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 24,037 affordable apartments in San Diego County that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in San Diego County, California

There is one Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list open in San Diego County.

  • is currently open for new Section 8 applications.

Go to the California Section 8 Waiting Lists page for more openings near San Diego County.

Cathedral Plaza

1551 3rd Ave
San Diego, California
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
Rent Assisted
62+

Garden Villas Apartments

1260 3rd Ave
Chula Vista, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

City Scene

4105 Georgia St
San Diego, California
Income Based
1-3 BR
Affordable

Sorrento Towers

2875 Cowley Way
San Diego, California
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
Rent Assisted

15th Avenue Cooperative

1500 Orange Pl
Escondido, California
Income Based
1 BR
Affordable

Turnagain Arms

920 E Mission Rd
Fallbrook, California
Income Based
1 BR
Rent Assisted

Cerro Pueblo

2835 Clairemont Dr
San Diego, California
Income Based
1 BR
Rent Assisted

Hollywood Palms Apartments

4372 Home Ave
San Diego, California
Income Based
2-4 BR
Affordable

Vista del Puente Apartments

1436 South 40th Street
San Diego, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
VASH Welcome
Affordable

Las Serenas Apartments

4352 Delta St
San Diego, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Affordable
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Affordable Housing In San Diego County

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City Apartments
Affordable Housing In Carlsbad, CA Affordable Housing programs support 13 apartment communities in Carlsbad.
Affordable Housing In Chula Vista, CA Affordable Housing programs support 24 apartment communities in Chula Vista.
Affordable Housing In Coronado, CA Affordable Housing programs support 5 apartment communities in Coronado.
Affordable Housing In El Cajon, CA Affordable Housing programs support 12 apartment communities in El Cajon.
Affordable Housing In Encinitas, CA Affordable Housing programs support 5 apartment communities in Encinitas.
Affordable Housing In Escondido, CA Affordable Housing programs support 22 apartment communities in Escondido.
Affordable Housing In Fallbrook, CA Affordable Housing programs support 6 apartment communities in Fallbrook.
Affordable Housing In Imperial Beach, CA Affordable Housing programs support 4 apartment communities in Imperial Beach.
Affordable Housing In La Mesa, CA Affordable Housing programs support 4 apartment communities in La Mesa.
Affordable Housing In Lakeside, CA Affordable Housing programs support 6 apartment communities in Lakeside.
Affordable Housing In Lemon Grove, CA Affordable Housing programs support 4 apartment communities in Lemon Grove.
Affordable Housing In National City, CA Affordable Housing programs support 8 apartment communities in National City.
Affordable Housing In Oceanside, CA Affordable Housing programs support 20 apartment communities in Oceanside.
Affordable Housing In Poway, CA Affordable Housing programs support 13 apartment communities in Poway.
Affordable Housing In Ramona, CA Affordable Housing programs support 6 apartment communities in Ramona.
Affordable Housing In San Diego, CA Affordable Housing programs support 201 apartment communities in San Diego.
Affordable Housing In San Marcos, CA Affordable Housing programs support 23 apartment communities in San Marcos.
Affordable Housing In Santee, CA Affordable Housing programs support 7 apartment communities in Santee.
Affordable Housing In Solana Beach, CA Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Solana Beach.
Affordable Housing In Spring Valley, CA Affordable Housing programs support 5 apartment communities in Spring Valley.
Affordable Housing In Vista, CA Affordable Housing programs support 16 apartment communities in Vista.

Public Housing Agencies Serving San Diego 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.

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

San Diego County, California Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in San Diego County, California

San Diego County features 9,982 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 County, California

There are 24,037 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in San Diego County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in San Diego County, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay San Diego County landlords $900 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in San Diego County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in San Diego County, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,159 and $2,639.

2023 San Diego County, 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
San Diego County, California Fair Market Rent $1,714 $1,885 $2,399 $3,279 $3,988
San Diego County, California Payment Standard Range $1,543 to $1,885 $1,697 to $2,074 $2,159 to $2,639 $2,951 to $3,607 $3,589 to $4,387

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

San Diego County, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 405
Total Low Income Apartments 34,811
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 9,982
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 47.08%
Average Renter Household Size 2.85
Average Household Size 2.86
Median Household Income $64,309 ±$514
Median Rent $1,344 ±$6
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 54.08% ± 0.65pp
Total Population 3,223,096

Population and Household Demographics

San Diego County is a county in California with a population of 3,223,096. There are 1,094,157 households in the county with an average household size of 2.86 persons. 47.08% of households in San Diego County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in San Diego County

The median gross income for households in San Diego County is $64,309 a year, or $5,359 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,344 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In San Diego County, a household making less than $4,480 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 54.08% of households who rent are overburdened in San Diego County.

Area Median Income In San Diego County

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.

In San Diego County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $106,900

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 County

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 San Diego County

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the San Diego County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$27,350 $31,250 $35,150 $39,050 $42,200 $45,300 $48,450 $51,550
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the San Diego County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$45,550 $52,050 $58,550 $65,050 $70,300 $75,500 $80,700 $85,900
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the San Diego County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$72,900 $83,300 $93,700 $104,100 $112,450 $120,800 $129,100 $137,450