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Affordable Housing In San Diego County
California

371 Low Income Apartment Communities In San Diego County

Ventaliso

609 Richmar Ave
San Marcos, California
Income Based
1-3 BR

Golden Age Gardens Apartments

740 S 36th St
San Diego, California
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized
62+

Creekside Trails

2129 Coronado Ave
San Diego, California
Income Based
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Tesoro Grove Apartments

1150 Grove Way
San Diego, California
Income Based
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Peachtree Inn

901 F Street
San Diego, California
Income Based
Studio BR

Trolley Court

940 Park Boulevard
San Diego, California
Income Based
Studio BR

Auburn Park Apartments

5135 University Ave
San Diego, California
Income Based
Studio-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Cassia Heights Apartments

2029 Cassia Rd
Carlsbad, California
Income Based
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Mission Cove Apartments Phase I

3247 Anchor Way
Oceanside, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Manzanita Apartments

260 N. Midway Dr.
Escondido, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Housing Authorities that serve San Diego County

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 County, California

There are 371 low income housing apartment communities offering 32,834 affordable apartments for rent in San Diego County, California.

Income Based Apartments in San Diego County, California

San Diego County features 9,012 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 22,907 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 $1,833 and $2,241.

2020 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
Fair Market Rent $1,404 $1,566 $2,037 $2,894 $3,576
Payment Standard Range $1,264 to $1,544 $1,409 to $1,723 $1,833 to $2,241 $2,605 to $3,183 $3,218 to $3,934

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

San Diego County, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 371
Total Low Income Apartments 32,834
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 9,012
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 $92,700

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

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $24,300 $27,750 $31,200 $34,650 $37,450 $40,200 $43,000 $45,750
50% of Median $40,450 $46,200 $52,000 $57,750 $62,400 $67,000 $71,650 $76,250
80% of Median $64,700 $73,950 $83,200 $92,400 $99,800 $107,200 $114,600 $122,000

Cities In San Diego County

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City Served By
Alpine
Bonita
Bonsall
Borrego Springs
Bostonia
Boulevard
Camp Pendleton North
Camp Pendleton South
Campo
Carlsbad The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Carlsbad is the Carlsbad Housing and Neighborhood Services.
Casa de Oro Mount Helix
Casa de Oro-Mount Helix
Chula Vista The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Chula Vista is the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego.
Coronado The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Coronado is the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego.
Crest
Del Mar
Descanso
El Cajon The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves El Cajon is the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego.
Encinitas The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Encinitas is the City of Encinitas Housing Authority.
Escondido The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Escondido is the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego.
Eucalyptus Hills
Fairbanks Ranch
Fallbrook The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fallbrook is the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego.
Granite Hills
Harbison Canyon
Hidden Meadows
Imperial Beach The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Imperial Beach is the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego.
Jacumba
Jamul
Julian
La Mesa The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves La Mesa is the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego.
La Presa
Lake San Marcos
Lakeside The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lakeside is the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego.
Lemon Grove The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lemon Grove is the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego.
Mount Laguna
National City The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves National City is the Housing Authority of the City of National City.
Oceanside The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Oceanside is the City of Oceanside Community Development Comm.
Pine Valley
Potrero
Poway The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Poway is the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego.
Rainbow
Ramona The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Ramona is the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego.
Rancho San Diego
Rancho Santa Fe
San Diego The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Diego is the San Diego Housing Commission.
San Diego Country Estates
San Marcos The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Marcos is the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego.
Santee The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Santee is the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego.
Solana Beach
Spring Valley
Valley Center
Vista The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Vista is the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego.
Winter Gardens