Affordable Housing In Sunnyvale
Santa Clara County, California

17 Low Income Apartment Communities In Sunnyvale

Aster Park Apartments

1059 Reed Ave
Sunnyvale, CA
Income Based
1-4 BR
Subsidized

Fair Oaks Plaza

690 S Fair Oaks Ave
Sunnyvale, CA
Income Based
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Morse Court

825 Morse Ave
Sunnyvale, CA
Income Based
1-4 BR
Subsidized

Moulton Plaza

1601 Tenaka Pl
Sunnyvale, CA
Income Based
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome
Subsidized

Onizuka Crossing

620 E Maude Ave
Sunnyvale, CA
Income Based
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Posolmi Place

183 Acalanes Dr
Sunnyvale, CA
Income Based
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Carroll Inn

174 Carroll St
Sunnyvale, CA
Income Based
Studio BR
HCV Welcome

Garland Plaza

662 Garland Ave
Sunnyvale, CA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Edwina Benner Plaza

460 Persian Dr
Sunnyvale, CA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Accessible
Homeless Supportive Housing
Homeless Transitional

Crescent Terrace

130 Crescent Ave
Sunnyvale, CA
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

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

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 17 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,463 affordable apartments for rent in Sunnyvale, California. Sunnyvale features 320 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 820 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Sunnyvale.

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.1

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 $131,400

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 Sunnyvale 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 $30,750 $35,150 $39,550 $43,900 $47,450 $50,950 $54,450 $57,950
50% of Median $51,250 $58,550 $65,850 $73,150 $79,050 $84,900 $90,750 $96,600
80% of Median $72,750 $83,150 $93,550 $103,900 $112,250 $120,550 $128,850 $137,150
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Sunnyvale

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

From 1994 to 2011, 5 low income apartment communities containing 771 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Sunnyvale 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 Sunnyvale

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $51,250 $58,550 $65,850 $73,150 $79,050 $84,900 $90,750 $96,600
60% of Median $61,500 $70,260 $79,020 $87,780 $94,860 $101,880 $108,900 $115,920

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 Sunnyvale is $79,020 a year, or $6,585 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $6,585 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,976 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% $1,281 $1,373 $1,646 $1,903 $2,123 $2,342
60% $1,538 $1,647 $1,976 $2,283 $2,547 $2,810
Fair Market Rents in Sunnyvale

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
$2,103 $2,458 $2,970 $3,943 $4,525