Affordable Housing In San Luis Obispo County
California

50 Low Income Apartment Communities In San Luis Obispo County

Ocean View Manor Apartments

456 Elena St
Morro Bay, CA
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Rolling Hills Apartments I & II

999 Las Tablas Rd
Templeton, CA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Hacienda Del Norte Apartments

529 10th St
Paso Robles, CA
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized

Creston Garden Apartments

1255 Creston Rd
Paso Robles, CA
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Iron Works Apartments

3682 Broad St
San Luis Obispo, CA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Los Robles Terrace Apartments

2940 Spring St
Paso Robles, CA
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Cortina D Arroyo Grande

241 North Courtland Street
Arroyo Grande, CA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Parkview Manor

365 South Elm Street
Arroyo Grande, CA
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized

860 on the Wye Apartments

2775 Victoria Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
HCV Welcome
VASH Welcome

Oak Park 3 Apartments

3120 Pine St
Paso Robles, CA
HCV Welcome

Housing Authorities that serve San Luis Obispo County

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Other Housing Authorities located in San Luis Obispo County

Housing Authority Programs
Paso Robles Housing Authority Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in San Luis Obispo County, California

There are 50 low income housing apartment communities offering 2,346 affordable apartments for rent in San Luis Obispo County, California. San Luis Obispo County features 625 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 1,635 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in San Luis Obispo County.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

San Luis Obispo County, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 50
Total Low Income Apartments 2,346
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 625
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 42.35%
Average Renter Household Size 2.55
Average Household Size 2.51
Median Household Income $60,691 ±$1,137
Median Rent $1,235 ±$20
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 53.85% ± 2.23pp
Total Population 276,517

Population and Household Demographics

San Luis Obispo County is a County in California with a population of 276,517. There are 103,576 households in the county with an average household size of 2.51 persons. 42.35% of households in San Luis Obispo County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in San Luis Obispo County

The median gross income for households in San Luis Obispo County is $60,691 a year, or $5,058 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,235 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In San Luis Obispo County, a household making less than $4,117 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 53.85% of households who rent are overburdened in San Luis Obispo County.1

Area Median Income In San Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $87,500

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 Luis Obispo 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 San Luis Obispo County HUD Rental Assistance in San Luis Obispo County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $18,900 $21,600 $24,300 $26,950 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $31,500 $36,000 $40,500 $44,950 $48,550 $52,150 $55,750 $59,350
80% of Median $50,350 $57,550 $64,750 $71,900 $77,700 $83,450 $89,200 $94,950
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in San Luis Obispo County

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1989 to 2011, 26 low income apartment communities containing 1,024 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in San Luis Obispo County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in San Luis Obispo County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $31,500 $36,000 $40,500 $44,950 $48,550 $52,150 $55,750 $59,350
60% of Median $37,800 $43,200 $48,600 $53,940 $58,260 $62,580 $66,900 $71,220

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in San Luis Obispo County is $48,600 a year, or $4,050 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,050 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,215 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $788 $844 $1,013 $1,169 $1,304 $1,439
60% $945 $1,013 $1,215 $1,403 $1,565 $1,727
Fair Market Rents in San Luis Obispo County

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$1,153 $1,275 $1,657 $2,390 $2,909

Cities In San Luis Obispo County

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City Listings Served By
San Luis Obispo 19 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Luis Obispo is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Cambria 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cambria is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Morro Bay 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Morro Bay is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Atascadero 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Atascadero is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Arroyo Grande 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Arroyo Grande is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Paso Robles 9 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Paso Robles are the Paso Robles Housing Authority and Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Oceano 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Oceano is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Templeton 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Templeton is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Nipomo 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Nipomo is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Avilla Beach 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Avilla Beach is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Blacklake 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Blacklake is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Callender 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Callender is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Cayucos 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cayucos is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Creston 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Creston is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Edna 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Edna is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
El Paso de Robles (Paso Robles) 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves El Paso de Robles (Paso Robles) is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Garden Farms 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Garden Farms is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Grover Beach 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Grover Beach is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Lake Nacimiento 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lake Nacimiento is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Los Berros 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Los Berros is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Los Osos 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Los Osos is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Los Ranchos 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Los Ranchos is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Oak Shores 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Oak Shores is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Pismo Beach 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Pismo Beach is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
San Miguel 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Miguel is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
San Simeon 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Simeon is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Santa Margarita 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Santa Margarita is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Shandon 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Shandon is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Whitley Gardens 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Whitley Gardens is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
Woodlands 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Woodlands is the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.