Affordable Housing In San Diego
San Diego County, California

196 Low Income Apartment Communities In San Diego

29th Street Apartments

402 S 29th St
San Diego, California

Village Place Apartments

34 17th St
San Diego, California

Lakeshore Villa Apartments

6888 Golfcrest Dr
San Diego, California

Jean C Mckinney Manor Apartments

5625 Imperial Ave
San Diego, California

Creekside Villa

220 47th St
San Diego, California

Casa Sierra

225 50th St
San Diego, California

Chamoune Ave Duplex Apartments

2930 Chamoune Ave
San Diego, California

Grant Heights Park Apartments

2651 J St
San Diego, California

City Heights Senior Housing

4065 43rd St
San Diego, California

Colina Park North Apartments

4333 Dawson Ave
San Diego, California

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in 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.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving San Diego, California

Housing Authority Programs
San Diego Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moving to Work
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 196 low income housing apartment communities offering 18,893 affordable apartments for rent in San Diego, California.

Income Based Apartments in San Diego, California

San Diego features 6,254 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 11,955 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 $1,781 and $2,177.

2022 San Diego, 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, California Fair Market Rent $1,394 $1,542 $1,979 $2,748 $3,365
San Diego, California Payment Standard Range $1,255 to $1,533 $1,388 to $1,696 $1,781 to $2,177 $2,473 to $3,023 $3,029 to $3,702

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

San Diego, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 196
Total Low Income Apartments 18,893
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 6,254
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.

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 $95,100

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 HUD Rental Assistance in San Diego

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the San Diego AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$25,450 $29,100 $32,750 $36,350 $39,300 $42,200 $45,100 $48,000
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the San Diego AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$42,450 $48,500 $54,550 $60,600 $65,450 $70,300 $75,150 $80,000
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the San Diego AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$67,900 $77,600 $87,300 $97,000 $104,800 $112,550 $120,300 $128,050