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Affordable Housing In San Marcos
San Diego County, California

22 Low Income Apartment Communities In San Marcos

Terra Cotta Apartments

523 Rush Dr
San Marcos, California

Casa Del West

1649 Capalina Rd
San Marcos, California

Rancho Santa Fe Village

500 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd
San Marcos, California


438 Firebird Ln
San Marcos, California

Copper Creek Apartments

1730 Elfin Forest Rd
San Marcos, California

Grandon Village Apartments

1605 Grandon Ave
San Marcos, California

The Knolls

688 Vineyard Rd
San Marcos, California

Melrose Villas ( Fka University Commons )

1820 Melrose Dr
San Marcos, California

Villa Serena Apartments

339 Marcos St
San Marcos, California

Las Flores Village

1411 N Las Flores Dr
San Marcos, California

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

There are 22 low income housing apartment communities offering 2,221 affordable apartments for rent in San Marcos, California.

Income Based Apartments in San Marcos, California

San Marcos features 18 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 Marcos, California

There are 2,163 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in San Marcos.

Housing Choice Vouchers in San Marcos, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay San Marcos landlords $1,100 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in San Marcos.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in San Marcos, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,833 and $2,241.

2020 San Marcos, 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 $1,404 $1,566 $2,037 $2,894 $3,576
Payment Standard Range $1,264 to $1,544 $1,409 to $1,723 $1,833 to $2,241 $2,605 to $3,183 $3,218 to $3,934

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

San Marcos, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 22
Total Low Income Apartments 2,221
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.

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 $92,700

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 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 $24,300 $27,750 $31,200 $34,650 $37,450 $40,200 $43,000 $45,750
50% of Median $40,450 $46,200 $52,000 $57,750 $62,400 $67,000 $71,650 $76,250
80% of Median $64,700 $73,950 $83,200 $92,400 $99,800 $107,200 $114,600 $122,000