Affordable Housing In West Haven
New Haven County, Connecticut

5 Low Income Apartment Communities In West Haven

Meadow Landing Apartments

397 Meadowbrook Ct
West Haven, CT
HCV Welcome

Rolling Ridge Apartments

15 Ridge Ct E
West Haven, CT
HCV Welcome

Spring Heights

23 Glade St
West Haven, CT

Morrissey Manor

1187 Campbell Ave
West Haven, CT

Surfside 200 Highrise

200 Oak St
West Haven, CT
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Housing Authorities that serve West Haven

Housing Authority Programs
Savin Rock Communities Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in West Haven, Connecticut

There are 5 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,027 affordable apartments for rent in West Haven, Connecticut. West Haven features 617 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 410 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in West Haven.

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

West Haven, CT Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 5
Total Low Income Apartments 1,027
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 617
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 44.83%
Average Renter Household Size 2.47
Average Household Size 2.59
Median Household Income $50,846 ±$2,237
Median Rent $1,084 ±$33
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 60.21% ± 5.55pp
Total Population 55,189

Population and Household Demographics

West Haven is a City in New Haven County, Connecticut with a population of 55,189. There are 20,137 households in the city with an average household size of 2.59 persons. 44.83% of households in West Haven are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in West Haven

The median gross income for households in West Haven is $50,846 a year, or $4,237 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,084 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In West Haven, a household making less than $3,613 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 60.21% of households who rent are overburdened in West Haven.1

Area Median Income In West Haven

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 West Haven, the AMI is calculated from all households within New Haven County.

In West Haven, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $104,900

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 West Haven

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 West Haven HUD Rental Assistance in West Haven

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $22,050 $25,200 $28,350 $31,450 $34,000 $36,500 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $36,750 $42,000 $47,250 $52,450 $56,650 $60,850 $65,050 $69,250
80% of Median $52,850 $60,400 $67,950 $75,500 $81,550 $87,600 $93,650 $99,700
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in West Haven

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

From 1999 to 2000, 2 low income apartment communities containing 590 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in West Haven 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 West Haven

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $36,750 $42,000 $47,250 $52,450 $56,650 $60,850 $65,050 $69,250
60% of Median $44,100 $50,400 $56,700 $62,940 $67,980 $73,020 $78,060 $83,100

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 West Haven is $56,700 a year, or $4,725 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,725 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,418 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% $919 $984 $1,181 $1,364 $1,521 $1,679
60% $1,103 $1,181 $1,418 $1,637 $1,826 $2,015
Fair Market Rents in West Haven

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.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$897 $1,118 $1,376 $1,715 $2,143