Affordable Housing programs support 1,099 income based apartments in Mesa County where households pay rent based on how much they earn.
There are 624 affordable apartments in Mesa County that offer reduced rents to low-income households.
There is one Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list open in Mesa County.
Go to the Colorado Section 8 Waiting Lists page for more openings near Mesa County.
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.
|Grand Junction Housing Authority||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing|
Mesa County features 1,099 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.
There are 624 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Mesa County.
On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Mesa County landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Mesa County.
The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Mesa County, Colorado for a two-bedroom apartment is between $959 and $1,173.
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|
|Mesa County, Colorado Fair Market Rent||$713||$812||$1,066||$1,515||$1,816|
|Mesa County, Colorado Payment Standard Range||$642 to $784||$731 to $893||$959 to $1,173||$1,364 to $1,667||$1,634 to $1,998|
Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.
|Total Affordable Apartment Properties||26|
|Total Low Income Apartments||1,723|
|Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance||1,099|
|Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters||30.92%|
|Average Renter Household Size||2.38|
|Average Household Size||2.43|
|Median Household Income||$49,322 ±$1,601|
|Median Rent||$837 ±$31|
|Percentage Of Renters Overburdened||51.13% ± 3.3pp|
Mesa County is a county in Colorado with a population of 147,834. There are 59,215 households in the county with an average household size of 2.43 persons. 30.92% of households in Mesa County are renters.
The median gross income for households in Mesa County is $49,322 a year, or $4,110 a month. The median rent for the county is $837 a month.
Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Mesa County, a household making less than $2,790 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.13% of households who rent are overburdened in Mesa County.
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.
In Mesa County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $83,500
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 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.
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|30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Mesa County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
|50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Mesa County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
|80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Mesa County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.