Affordable Housing In San Jose
Santa Clara County, California

174 Low Income Apartment Communities In San Jose

Hillsdale Townhouses

1626-1656 Hillsdale Ave
San Jose, California
Income Based
2-3 BR

Vivente II

5347 Dent Ave
San Jose, California
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

The Verandas

1868 N Capitol Ave
San Jose, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Santa Familia

4984 Severance Dr
San Jose, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Arbor Park

899 N King Rd
San Jose, California
Income Based
1-3 BR

Milagro

2850 Rose Ave
San Jose, California
Income Based
1-2 BR
Subsidized
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing

Dent Commons

5363 Dent Ave
San Jose, California
Income Based
Studio-3 BR

Vivente I

2400 Enborg Ln
San Jose, California
Income Based
1-2 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Italian Gardens Family Housing

1500 Almaden Rd
San Jose, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Cornerstone at Japantown

875 N 10th St
San Jose, California
Income Based
2-3 BR

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in San Jose, 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 Jose, California

Housing Authority Programs
San Jose City Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Santa Clara County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moving to Work

Guide To Affordable Housing in San Jose, California

There are 174 low income housing apartment communities offering 20,805 affordable apartments for rent in San Jose, California.

Income Based Apartments in San Jose, California

San Jose features 4,569 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 Jose, California

There are 15,903 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in San Jose.

Housing Choice Vouchers in San Jose, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay San Jose landlords $1,700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $600 towards rent in San Jose.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in San Jose, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,581 and $3,155.

2022 San Jose, 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 Jose, California Fair Market Rent $2,145 $2,418 $2,868 $3,687 $4,213
San Jose, California Payment Standard Range $1,931 to $2,360 $2,176 to $2,660 $2,581 to $3,155 $3,318 to $4,056 $3,792 to $4,634

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

San Jose, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 174
Total Low Income Apartments 20,805
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 4,569
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 42.79%
Average Renter Household Size 3.07
Average Household Size 3.14
Median Household Income $84,647 ±$853
Median Rent $1,585 ±$18
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.57% ± 1.14pp
Total Population 1,000,860

Population and Household Demographics

San Jose is a city in Santa Clara County, California with a population of 1,000,860. There are 314,297 households in the city with an average household size of 3.14 persons. 42.79% of households in San Jose are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in San Jose

The median gross income for households in San Jose is $84,647 a year, or $7,054 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,585 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In San Jose, a household making less than $5,283 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.57% of households who rent are overburdened in San Jose.

Area Median Income In San Jose

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 Jose, the AMI is calculated from all households within Santa Clara County.

In San Jose, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $168,500

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 Jose

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 Jose

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the San Jose AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$35,400 $40,450 $45,500 $50,550 $54,600 $58,650 $62,700 $66,750
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the San Jose AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$59,000 $67,400 $75,850 $84,250 $91,000 $97,750 $104,500 $111,250
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the San Jose AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$92,250 $105,400 $118,600 $131,750 $142,300 $152,850 $163,400 $173,950