Affordable Housing Online is monitoring the federal government's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. 

An extensive list of coronavirus resources for low-income households can be found here.

Affordable Housing In Santa Clara
Santa Clara County, California

16 Low Income Apartment Communities In Santa Clara

John Burns Gardens

820 Agnew Rd
Santa Clara, California
1-2 BR

Riverwood Grove

2150 Tasman Dr
Santa Clara, California
Income Based
1-4 BR

Riverwood Place

5090 Lick Mill Blvd
Santa Clara, California
Income Based
Studio BR

Belovida Santa Clara

1820 Main St
Santa Clara, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Gateway Santa Clara

1000 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, California
Income Based
1-2 BR

Presidio El Camino Apartments

1450 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, California
Income Based
Studio-1 BR

Homesafe Santa Clara

611 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, California
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR

Liberty Towers

890 Main St
Santa Clara, California

Transitional Housing for Homeless Teens

3490 The Alameda
Santa Clara, California

Lucretia Julian Streets

2002 Halford Ave
Santa Clara, California

Housing Authorities that serve Santa Clara

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 Santa Clara, California

There are 16 low income housing apartment communities offering 827 affordable apartments for rent in Santa Clara, California.

Income Based Apartments in Santa Clara, California

Santa Clara features 120 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 Santa Clara, California

There are 707 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Santa Clara.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Santa Clara, California

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Santa Clara, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,673 and $3,267.

2020 Santa Clara, 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 $2,103 $2,458 $2,970 $3,943 $4,525
Payment Standard Range $1,893 to $2,313 $2,212 to $2,704 $2,673 to $3,267 $3,549 to $4,337 $4,073 to $4,978

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Santa Clara, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 16
Total Low Income Apartments 827
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 120
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 55.65%
Average Renter Household Size 2.61
Average Household Size 2.70
Median Household Income $98,914 ±$3,708
Median Rent $1,774 ±$30
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 42.88% ± 2.75pp
Total Population 121,374

Population and Household Demographics

Santa Clara is a city in Santa Clara County, California with a population of 121,374. There are 43,433 households in the city with an average household size of 2.70 persons. 55.65% of households in Santa Clara are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Santa Clara

The median gross income for households in Santa Clara is $98,914 a year, or $8,243 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,774 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Santa Clara, a household making less than $5,913 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 42.88% of households who rent are overburdened in Santa Clara.

Area Median Income In Santa Clara

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

In Santa Clara, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $141,600

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 Santa Clara

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 Santa Clara

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $33,150 $37,900 $42,650 $47,350 $51,150 $54,950 $58,750 $62,550
50% of Median $55,300 $63,200 $71,100 $78,950 $85,300 $91,600 $97,900 $104,250
80% of Median $78,550 $89,750 $100,950 $112,150 $121,150 $130,100 $139,100 $148,050