Affordable Housing In Willits
Mendocino County California

2 Low Income Apartment Communities In Willits

Holly Heights I & II Apartments

77 Holly St
Willits, CA
Subsidized

Lenore Street Apartments

251 S Lenore St
Willits, CA
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized
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There are 2 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 54 affordable apartments for rent in Willits. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 54 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Willits, HUD housing programs support 42 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 0 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Willits

Housing Authority Programs
Community Development Commission of Mendocino County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Willits, California

Willits, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 2
Total Low Income Apartments 54
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 54
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 54.04%
Average Renter Household Size 2.09
Total Population 4,853
Housing Units 2,067
Average Household Size 2.31
Median Household Income $30,678 ±$8,648
Median Rent $853 ±$97
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 59.53% ± 13.44pp

Population and Household Demographics

Willits is a City in Mendocino County, California with a population of 4,853. There are 2,067 households in the city with an average household size of 2.31 persons. 54.04% of households in Willits are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Willits

The median gross income for households in Willits is $30,678 a year, or $2,557 a month. The median rent for the city is $853 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Willits, a household making less than $2,843 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 59.53% of households who rent are overburdened in Willits.1

Area Median Income In Willits

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 Willits, the AMI is calculated from all households within Mendocino County.

In Willits, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $54,700

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 Willits

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 Willits HUD Rental Assistance in Willits

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $13,650 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $42,800
50% of Median $22,700 $25,950 $29,200 $32,400 $35,000 $37,600 $40,200 $42,800
80% of Median $36,300 $41,500 $46,700 $51,850 $56,000 $60,150 $64,300 $68,450

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 Willits

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
60% of Median $27,240 $31,140 $35,040 $38,880 $42,000 $45,120 $48,240 $51,360

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 Willits is $35,040 a year, or $2,920 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,920 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $876 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% $568 $608 $730 $843 $940 $1,038
60% $681 $730 $876 $1,011 $1,128 $1,245
Fair Market Rents in Willits

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
$742 $815 $1,078 $1,527 $1,735