Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Santa Clara County, CA

Discover affordable housing in Santa Clara County where there are 321+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

Miraido Village Apartments

566 N. 6th Street, San Jose, California 95112

bed Studio-2
payment $1460-1995/mo.
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
payment Subsidized
accessibility Accessible

Parkview Family Apartments

360 Meridian Ave , San Jose, California 95126

bed 1-4
payment $695-2216/mo.
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
accessibility Accessible

Alexander Station Apartments

200 E 10th St, Gilroy, California 95020

bed 1-4

Harvest Park Apartments

31 Cohansey Avenue, Gilroy, California 95020

bed 1-3

Catalonia Townhomes

2036 Evans Ln, San Jose, California 95125

bed 3-4
payment $1129-1638/mo.

Parkview Senior Apartments

355 Race Street, San Jose, California 95126

bed 1
payment $1045/mo.

John Burns Gardens

820 Agnew Rd, Santa Clara, California 95054

bed 1-2
payment $910-1030/mo.

Sycamore Glen

140 W Dunne Avenue, Morgan Hill, California 95037

bed Studio-1
payment $864-1045/mo.

The Willows

50 W Edmundson Avenue, Morgan Hill, California 95037

bed 2-4
payment $632-1259/mo.

Monterra Village Associates

860-950 Mantelli Drive, Gilroy, California 95020

bed 2-4
payment $520-1150/mo.

Wheeler Manor

651 W 6th St, Gilroy, California 95020

bed 1
payment $499-800/mo.

Mayfield Place

2500 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, California 94306

bed 1-3

Met North

2122 Monterey Road, San Jose, California 95112

bed 1-3

Eagle Park Apartments

1701 West El Camino Real, Mountain View, California 94040

bed Studio-1

Evelyn Family Apartments

779 East Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View, California 94041

bed Studio-3

Presidio El Camino Apartments

1450 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, California 95050

bed Studio-1

Posolmi Place

183 Acalanes Dr, Sunnyvale, California 94086

bed 1-3

Garland Plaza

662 Garland Ave, Sunnyvale, California 94086

bed 1-3

Julian Gardens

345 E Julian St, San Jose, California 95112

bed 1

Cornerstone at Japantown

875 N 10th St, San Jose, California 95112

bed 2-3

How To Identify Affordable Housing in Santa Clara County, California

Look for program and preference badges on affordable apartment listings. These badges can help you identify the types of low income housing each apartment offers and if you may be eligbile for rental assistance or reduced rents.

Badge Description
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
Low income apartments with no or short waiting lists.
payment Subsidized
Low income housing where the rent is subsidized and the renter pays only a portion of total rent.
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
Apartments that accept Section 8 vouchers near you
elderly Senior
Rental housing for seniors who are 55 (or sometimes 62) and older.
payment Income Based
Affordable apartments where the rent paid is based on renter income.
accessibility Accessible
Meets Accessibilty Requirements of the Fair Housing Act, the ADA, or HUD policy.
accessible_forward Disability
Apartments for individuals or families with disabilities.
The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Santa Clara County, California
$43.32 (+271%) more than California minimum wage and $52.07 (+718%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve Santa Clara County, California?

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Santa Clara County, California.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Moving to Work programs for Santa Clara County, California.

Go to the California Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Santa Clara County.

How many renters live in Santa Clara County, California?

The County of Santa Clara County has people living in households.

There are renters living in renter households in this County. Renters make up 41.89 percent of the population living in Santa Clara County.

What is the rental market like in Santa Clara County, California?

There are an estimated housing units in the Santa Clara County area. Of these, units are rental homes, making up percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Santa Clara County, California, there are 1.07 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Santa Clara County?

The rental vacancy rate in Santa Clara County is 6 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

How many rental units are in Santa Clara County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Santa Clara County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
32,462 81,446 112,427 49,308 19,767
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Santa Clara County

A large number of apartments in Santa Clara County have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How Much Is Rent in Santa Clara County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $2,383 to $4,425. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $2,383
One BR $2,694
Two BR $3,132
Three BR $4,011
Four BR $4,425
2024 Fair Market Rents in Santa Clara County, California

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Santa Clara County?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 10,131 31 percent
One BR 13,394 16 percent
Two BR 10,567 9 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Santa Clara County, California

How many affordable rental units are in Santa Clara County?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Santa Clara County, California including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Public Housing
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance
Mod Rehab Project-Based Rental Assistance
Section 236 Rental Assistance
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities
USDA Section 514 Farm Labor Housing
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Santa Clara County, California

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Santa Clara County, California

Santa Clara County features 7,176 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 County, California

There are 23,438 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Santa Clara County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Santa Clara County, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Santa Clara County landlords $1,600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in Santa Clara County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Santa Clara County, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,819 and $3,445.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.