Affordable Housing In Union City
Alameda County, California

8 Low Income Apartment Communities In Union City

Station Center

34888 11th St
Union City, CA
Income Based
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Mission Gateway

33155 Mission Blvd
Union City, CA
Income Based
1-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Wisteria Place

33821 Alvarado-Niles Road
Union City, CA
Income Based
1 BR

Rosewood Terrace

33935 Alvarado-Niles Road
Union City, CA
Income Based
1 BR

Los Robles Apartments

32300 Almaden Blvd
Union City, CA

Nidus and Dyer

2004 Nidus Ct
Union City, CA

Vintage Court Senior Apartments

2499 Decoto Rd
Union City, CA
HCV Welcome

Senior Village

33801 Rd
Union City, CA
HCV Welcome
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There are 8 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 842 affordable apartments for rent in Union City. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 314 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Union City, HUD housing programs support 140 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 443 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Union City

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the County of Alameda Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Union City, California

Union City, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 8
Total Low Income Apartments 842
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 314
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 34.83%
Average Renter Household Size 3.44
Total Population 72,690
Housing Units 20,461
Average Household Size 3.52
Median Household Income $85,521 ±$3,341
Median Rent $1,652 ±$47
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 50.29% ± 4.82pp

Population and Household Demographics

Union City is a City in Alameda County, California with a population of 72,690. There are 20,461 households in the city with an average household size of 3.52 persons. 34.83% of households in Union City are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Union City

The median gross income for households in Union City is $85,521 a year, or $7,127 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,652 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Union City, a household making less than $5,507 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 50.29% of households who rent are overburdened in Union City.1

Area Median Income In Union City

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 Union City, the AMI is calculated from all households within Alameda County.

In Union City, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $111,700

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 Union City

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 Union City HUD Rental Assistance in Union City

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $26,050 $29,750 $33,450 $37,150 $40,150 $43,100 $46,100 $49,050
50% of Median $43,400 $49,600 $55,800 $61,950 $66,950 $71,900 $76,850 $81,800
80% of Median $69,000 $78,850 $88,700 $98,550 $106,450 $114,350 $122,250 $130,100
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Union City

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

From 1998 to 2012, 3 low income apartment communities containing 399 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Union City 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 Union City

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $43,400 $49,600 $55,800 $61,950 $66,950 $71,900 $76,850 $81,800
60% of Median $52,080 $59,520 $66,960 $74,340 $80,340 $86,280 $92,220 $98,160

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 Union City is $66,960 a year, or $5,580 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $5,580 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,674 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% $1,085 $1,163 $1,395 $1,611 $1,798 $1,983
60% $1,302 $1,395 $1,674 $1,934 $2,157 $2,380
Fair Market Rents in Union City

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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$1,409 $1,706 $2,126 $2,925 $3,587