Affordable Housing In Colorado Springs
El Paso County, Colorado

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There are 42 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 4,020 affordable apartments for rent in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 1,840 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 655 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Colorado Springs. There are 2,280 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Colorado Springs is the Colorado Springs Housing Authority.

Affordable Apartments in Colorado Springs

6118 Romley Point
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Winfield Apartments is a 160 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 2-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Colorado Springs. Rents at Winfield Apartments are Income Based.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Colorado Springs.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
1810 S Corona Ave
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Villas at Southgate is a 100 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1 bedroom apartments for rent in Colorado Springs. Rents at Villas at Southgate are Income Based.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Low Income Housing Tax Credit Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
4274 Sanders View
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Bellaire Ranch is a low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Colorado Springs. Rents at Bellaire Ranch are $740-1,092.
3140 Mallard Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Laurel Gardens is a 51 unit low income housing apartment community in Colorado Springs.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Colorado Springs.
HOME
444 E Kiowa St
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Kiowa I and II is a 10 unit low income housing apartment community in Colorado Springs.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance

Housing Authorities that serve Colorado Springs

The Colorado Springs Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Other Housing Authorities located in Colorado Springs

The Manitou Springs Housing Authority is a Section 8 public housing agency in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Understanding Affordable Housing in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs, CO Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 42
Total Low Income Apartments 4,020
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 1,840
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 42.01%
Average Renter Household Size 2.38
Total Population 442,040
Housing Units 174,441
Average Household Size 2.50
Median Household Income $54,527 ±$802
Median Rent $922 ±$15
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.3% ± 1.74pp

Population and Household Demographics

Colorado Springs is a City in El Paso County, Colorado with a population of 442,040. There are 174,441 households in the city with an average household size of 2.50 persons. 42.01% of households in Colorado Springs are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Colorado Springs

The median gross income for households in Colorado Springs is $54,527 a year, or $4,544 a month. The median rent for the city is $922 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Colorado Springs, a household making less than $3,073 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.3% of households who rent are overburdened in Colorado Springs.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 1.74 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Colorado Springs

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 Colorado Springs, the AMI is calculated from all households within El Paso County.

In Colorado Springs, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $73,600

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 Colorado Springs

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.

Colorado Springs HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% $15,500 $17,700 $20,420 $24,600 $28,780 $32,960 $37,140 $41,320
50% $25,800 $29,450 $33,150 $36,800 $39,750 $42,700 $45,650 $48,600
80% $41,250 $47,150 $53,050 $58,900 $63,650 $68,350 $73,050 $77,750

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Colorado Springs

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

From 1995 to 2011, 18 low income apartment communities containing 1,903 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Colorado Springs by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Colorado Springs by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

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.

Colorado Springs Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% $25,800 $29,450 $33,150 $36,800 $39,750 $42,700 $45,650 $48,600
60% $30,960 $35,340 $39,780 $44,160 $47,700 $51,240 $54,780 $58,320

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 Colorado Springs is $39,780 a year, or $3,315 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,315 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $995 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 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 1 Bed 5 Bed
50% $645 $691 $829 $957 $1,068 $1,178
60% $774 $829 $995 $1,148 $1,281 $1,414
Fair Market Rents in Colorado Springs

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.

2017 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$603 $737 $950 $1,383 $1,674