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Affordable Housing In Sunnyvale
Santa Clara County, California

17 Low Income Apartment Communities In Sunnyvale

Aster Park Apartments

1059 Reed Ave
Sunnyvale, California
Income Based
1-4 BR

Fair Oaks Plaza

690 S Fair Oaks Ave
Sunnyvale, California
Income Based
1-2 BR

Morse Court

825 Morse Ave
Sunnyvale, California
Income Based
1-4 BR

Moulton Plaza

1601 Tenaka Pl
Sunnyvale, California
Income Based
1-3 BR

Onizuka Crossing

620 E Maude Ave
Sunnyvale, California
Income Based
1-3 BR

Posolmi Place

183 Acalanes Dr
Sunnyvale, California
Income Based
1-3 BR

Carroll Inn

174 Carroll St
Sunnyvale, California
Income Based
Studio BR

Garland Plaza

662 Garland Ave
Sunnyvale, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Edwina Benner Plaza

460 Persian Drive
Sunnyvale, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Homeless Supportive Housing
Homeless Transitional

Crescent Terrace

130 Crescent Ave
Sunnyvale, California
Call For Rent
1 BR

Housing Authorities that serve Sunnyvale

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 Sunnyvale, California

There are 17 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,463 affordable apartments for rent in Sunnyvale, California.

Income Based Apartments in Sunnyvale, California

Sunnyvale features 320 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 Sunnyvale, California

There are 820 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Sunnyvale.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Sunnyvale, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Sunnyvale landlords $1,700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in Sunnyvale.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Sunnyvale, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,746 and $3,356.

2021 Sunnyvale, 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 $2,228 $2,558 $3,051 $3,984 $4,593
Payment Standard Range $2,005 to $2,451 $2,302 to $2,814 $2,746 to $3,356 $3,586 to $4,382 $4,134 to $5,052

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Sunnyvale, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 17
Total Low Income Apartments 1,463
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 320
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 53.41%
Average Renter Household Size 2.63
Average Household Size 2.67
Median Household Income $105,401 ±$2,328
Median Rent $1,797 ±$25
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 34.42% ± 2.18pp
Total Population 148,178

Population and Household Demographics

Sunnyvale is a city in Santa Clara County, California with a population of 148,178. There are 55,094 households in the city with an average household size of 2.67 persons. 53.41% of households in Sunnyvale are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Sunnyvale

The median gross income for households in Sunnyvale is $105,401 a year, or $8,783 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,797 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Sunnyvale, a household making less than $5,990 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 34.42% of households who rent are overburdened in Sunnyvale.

Area Median Income In Sunnyvale

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

In Sunnyvale, 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 Sunnyvale

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 Sunnyvale

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