Affordable Housing In Cortez
Montezuma County, Colorado

9 Low Income Apartment Communities In Cortez

Sleeping Ute Apartments

516 S Madison St
Cortez, Colorado
Income Based
2-4 BR

Valley Sun Village

700 E 2nd St
Cortez, Colorado
Call For Rent
1 BR

Cortez Apartments

620 E Empire St
Cortez, Colorado

Montezuma Co

108 N Adams St
Cortez, Colorado

Brubaker Place

2001 E Empire St
Cortez, Colorado

Mesa Park Apartments

880 S Chestnut St
Cortez, Colorado

Prairie Mesa Estates

650 E 2nd St
Cortez, Colorado

Cortez Park Apts

23 W 7th Street
Cortez, Colorado
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Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Cortez, Colorado

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Cortez, Colorado

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Cortez, Colorado

There are 9 low income housing apartment communities offering 379 affordable apartments for rent in Cortez, Colorado.

Income Based Apartments in Cortez, Colorado

Cortez features 271 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 Cortez, Colorado

There are 108 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Cortez.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Cortez, Colorado

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Cortez landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Cortez.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Cortez, Colorado for a two-bedroom apartment is between $961 and $1,175.

2022 Cortez, Colorado 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
Cortez, Colorado Fair Market Rent $765 $812 $1,068 $1,320 $1,574
Cortez, Colorado Payment Standard Range $689 to $842 $731 to $893 $961 to $1,175 $1,188 to $1,452 $1,417 to $1,731

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Cortez, CO Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 9
Total Low Income Apartments 379
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 271
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 39.52%
Average Renter Household Size 2.85
Average Household Size 2.41
Median Household Income $42,412 ±$3,448
Median Rent $751 ±$82
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 44.56% ± 7.36pp
Total Population 8,571

Population and Household Demographics

Cortez is a city in Montezuma County, Colorado with a population of 8,571. There are 3,515 households in the city with an average household size of 2.41 persons. 39.52% of households in Cortez are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Cortez

The median gross income for households in Cortez is $42,412 a year, or $3,534 a month. The median rent for the city is $751 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Cortez, a household making less than $2,503 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 44.56% of households who rent are overburdened in Cortez.

Area Median Income In Cortez

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 Cortez, the AMI is calculated from all households within Montezuma County.

In Cortez, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $64,300

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 Cortez

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 Cortez

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Cortez AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$17,300 $19,750 $23,030 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Cortez AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$28,800 $32,900 $37,000 $41,100 $44,400 $47,700 $51,000 $54,300
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Cortez AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$46,050 $52,600 $59,200 $65,750 $71,050 $76,300 $81,550 $86,800