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Affordable Housing In Key West
Monroe County,Florida

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There are 12 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 1,096 affordable apartments for rent in Key West, Florida. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 739 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 130 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Key West. There are 487 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 Agencies that serve Key West are the Housing Authority of Key West and Monroe County Housing Authority.

Affordable Apartments in Key West

1515 Bertha St
Key West, Florida
Martys Place is a 3 unit low income housing apartment community in Key West.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities
Project Based Rental Assistance
Accessible Units
Persons With Disabilities
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5501 3rd Ave
Key West, Florida
Cayo Del Mar is a 130 unit low income housing apartment community in Key West.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Project-Based Section 8
Project Based Rental Assistance
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1215 Catherine St
Key West, Florida
Harvey House is a 11 unit low income housing apartment community in Key West.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities
Project Based Rental Assistance
Accessible Units
Persons With Disabilities
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1213 William St
Key West, Florida
Mccarthy Rogers Residence is a 5 unit low income housing apartment community in Key West.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities
Project Based Rental Assistance
Accessible Units
Persons With Disabilities
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3314 Northside Dr
Key West, Florida
Mariners Cove Apartments is a 78 unit low income housing apartment community in Key West.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Key West.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
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Housing Authorities that serve Key West

The Housing Authority of Key West is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Key West, Florida.

The Monroe County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Key West, Florida.

Understanding Affordable Housing in Key West, Florida

Key West, FL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties12
Total Low Income Apartments1,096
Total Rent Assisted Apartments739
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters55.23%
Average Renter Household Size2.53
Total Population25,366
Housing Units9,524
Average Household Size2.53
Median Household Income$57,042 ±$2,477
Median Rent$1,514 ±$91
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened60.59% ± 6.6pp

Population and Household Demographics

Key West is a City in Monroe County, Florida with a population of 25,366. There are 9,524 households in the city with an average household size of 2.53 persons. 55.23% of households in Key West are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Key West

The median gross income for households in Key West is $57,042 a year, or $4,754 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,514 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Key West, a household making less than $5,047 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent.60.59% of households who rent are overburdened in Key West.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 6.6 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Key West

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 Key West, the AMI is calculated from all households within Monroe County.

In Key West, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $68,700

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 Key West

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.

Key West HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
30%$19,300$22,050$24,800$27,550$29,800$32,960$37,140$41,320
50%$32,200$36,800$41,400$45,950$49,650$53,350$57,000$60,700
80%$51,450$58,800$66,150$73,500$79,400$85,300$91,150$97,050

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 Key West

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

From 1996 to 2011, 6 low income apartment communities containing 426 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Key West by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Key West 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.

Key West Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
50%$32,200$36,800$41,400$45,950$49,650$53,350$57,000$60,700
60%$38,640$44,160$49,680$55,140$59,580$64,020$68,400$72,840

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 Key West is $49,680 a year, or $4,140 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,140 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,242 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 AMIStudio1 Bed2 Bed3 Bed4 Bed5 Bed
50%$805$863$1,035$1,195$1,334$1,471
60%$966$1,035$1,242$1,434$1,601$1,766
Fair Market Rents in Key West

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.

2018 Fair Market Rents
StudioOne BRTwo BRThree BRFour BR
$960$1,139$1,514$1,914$2,514