Affordable Housing In San Marcos
San Diego County, California

21 Low Income Apartment Communities In San Marcos

Sierra Vista Apartments

422 Los Vallecitos Blvd.
San Marcos, CA
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Mariposa Apartments

604 W Richmar Avenue
San Marcos, CA
Income Based
1-3 BR

Sage Pointe

225 Autumn Drive
San Marcos, CA
Income Based
1-2 BR

Ventaliso

609 Richmar Avenue
San Marcos, CA
Income Based
1-3 BR

Promenade at Creekside Apartments

2 Creekside Dr
San Marcos, CA
Income Based
Studio-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Ventaliso II Apartments

609 Richmar Ave
San Marcos, CA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Paseo del Oro Apartments

432 W Mission Rd
San Marcos, CA
HCV Welcome

Autumn Terrace

251 Autumn Dr
San Marcos, CA
HCV Welcome

Project Roher

411 Carlo Street
San Marcos, CA
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Terra Cotta Apartments

523 Rush Dr
San Marcos, CA
HCV Welcome

Housing Authorities that serve San Marcos

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 Marcos, California

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 21 low income housing apartment communities offering 2,179 affordable apartments for rent in San Marcos, California. San Marcos features 18 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 2,121 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in San Marcos.

San Marcos, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 21
Total Low Income Apartments 2,179
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 18
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 40.91%
Average Renter Household Size 3.28
Average Household Size 3.08
Median Household Income $57,822 ±$3,255
Median Rent $1,318 ±$45
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 55.57% ± 4.79pp
Total Population 89,578

Population and Household Demographics

San Marcos is a City in San Diego County, California with a population of 89,578. There are 28,738 households in the city with an average household size of 3.08 persons. 40.91% of households in San Marcos are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in San Marcos

The median gross income for households in San Marcos is $57,822 a year, or $4,819 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,318 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In San Marcos, a household making less than $4,393 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 55.57% of households who rent are overburdened in San Marcos.1

Area Median Income In San Marcos

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 Marcos, the AMI is calculated from all households within San Diego County.

In San Marcos, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $86,300

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 Marcos

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 Marcos HUD Rental Assistance in San Marcos

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $22,500 $25,700 $28,900 $32,100 $34,700 $37,250 $39,850 $43,430
50% of Median $37,450 $42,800 $48,150 $53,500 $57,800 $62,100 $66,350 $70,650
80% of Median $59,950 $68,500 $77,050 $85,600 $92,450 $99,300 $106,150 $113,000
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in San Marcos

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

From 1998 to 2010, 14 low income apartment communities containing 1,614 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in San Marcos 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 Marcos

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $37,450 $42,800 $48,150 $53,500 $57,800 $62,100 $66,350 $70,650
60% of Median $44,940 $51,360 $57,780 $64,200 $69,360 $74,520 $79,620 $84,780

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 Marcos is $57,780 a year, or $4,815 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,815 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,445 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% $936 $1,003 $1,204 $1,391 $1,553 $1,713
60% $1,124 $1,204 $1,445 $1,670 $1,863 $2,055
Fair Market Rents in San Marcos

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
$1,404 $1,566 $2,037 $2,894 $3,576