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Affordable Housing In San Lorenzo
Alameda County, California

2 Low Income Apartment Communities In San Lorenzo

Arbor at Hesperian

15888 Hesperian Boulevard
San Lorenzo, California
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR

Kent Gardens

16450 Kent Ave
San Lorenzo, California
Elderly Supportive Housing
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Housing Authorities that serve San Lorenzo

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the County of Alameda Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in San Lorenzo, California

There are 2 low income housing apartment communities offering 161 affordable apartments for rent in San Lorenzo, California.

Income Based Apartments in San Lorenzo, California

San Lorenzo features 84 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 Lorenzo, California

There are 77 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in San Lorenzo.

Housing Choice Vouchers in San Lorenzo, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay San Lorenzo landlords $1,800 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $700 towards rent in San Lorenzo.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in San Lorenzo, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,145 and $2,621.

2021 San Lorenzo, 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 $1,595 $1,934 $2,383 $3,196 $3,863
Payment Standard Range $1,436 to $1,755 $1,741 to $2,127 $2,145 to $2,621 $2,876 to $3,516 $3,477 to $4,249

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

San Lorenzo, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 2
Total Low Income Apartments 161
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 84
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 27.91%
Average Renter Household Size 3.58
Average Household Size 3.35
Median Household Income $74,807 ±$4,233
Median Rent $1,471 ±$109
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 38.57% ± 7.38pp
Total Population 24,891

Population and Household Demographics

San Lorenzo is a city in Alameda County, California with a population of 24,891. There are 7,395 households in the city with an average household size of 3.35 persons. 27.91% of households in San Lorenzo are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in San Lorenzo

The median gross income for households in San Lorenzo is $74,807 a year, or $6,234 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,471 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In San Lorenzo, a household making less than $4,903 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 38.57% of households who rent are overburdened in San Lorenzo.

Area Median Income In San Lorenzo

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 Lorenzo, the AMI is calculated from all households within Alameda County.

In San Lorenzo, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $119,200

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 Lorenzo

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 Lorenzo

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $27,450 $31,350 $35,250 $39,150 $42,300 $45,450 $48,550 $51,700
50% of Median $45,700 $52,200 $58,750 $65,250 $70,500 $75,700 $80,950 $86,150
80% of Median $73,100 $83,550 $94,000 $104,400 $112,800 $121,150 $129,500 $137,850