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Affordable Housing In Polk County
Florida

76 Low Income Apartment Communities In Polk County

Country Manor Apartments

7425 Highway 98 N
Lakeland, Florida
$464-702
1-2 BR

Lakeview Tower

745 Avenue A SW
Winter Haven, Florida
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
Subsidized
Accessible
55+

Wahneta Palms

225 Wahneta Palms Dr
Winter Haven, Florida
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Laurel Hills Apartments

1001 Laurel Hills Court
Haines City, Florida
$398-660
1-2 BR

Abbey Lane Apartments

100 Evergreen Place, South West
Winter Haven, Florida
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Sterling Place

600 Old Combee Rd
Lakeland, Florida
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Manor at West Bartow

850 N Gordon Ave
Bartow, Florida
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Sunset By The Lake

122 East Main Street
Lakeland, Florida
Accepts Vouchers

Lake Wales Villas

605 South 3rd Street
Lake Wales, Florida
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Villas at Lakesmart

4225 Vista Del Lago Drive
Winter Haven, Florida
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Housing Authorities that serve Polk County

Housing Authority Programs
Polk County Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Polk County, Florida

There are 76 low income housing apartment communities offering 6,405 affordable apartments for rent in Polk County, Florida.

Income Based Apartments in Polk County, Florida

Polk County features 3,107 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 Polk County, Florida

There are 3,045 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Polk County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Polk County, Florida

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Polk County landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Polk County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Polk County, Florida for a two-bedroom apartment is between $824 and $1,007.

2020 Polk County, Florida 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
Fair Market Rent $698 $702 $915 $1,221 $1,545
Payment Standard Range $628 to $768 $632 to $772 $824 to $1,007 $1,099 to $1,343 $1,391 to $1,700

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Polk County, FL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 76
Total Low Income Apartments 6,405
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 3,107
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 31.19%
Average Renter Household Size 3.03
Average Household Size 2.77
Median Household Income $43,162 ±$880
Median Rent $870 ±$10
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 48.98% ± 1.57pp
Total Population 626,676

Population and Household Demographics

Polk County is a county in Florida with a population of 626,676. There are 221,381 households in the county with an average household size of 2.77 persons. 31.19% of households in Polk County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Polk County

The median gross income for households in Polk County is $43,162 a year, or $3,597 a month. The median rent for the county is $870 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Polk County, a household making less than $2,900 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 48.98% of households who rent are overburdened in Polk County.

Area Median Income In Polk 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 Polk County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $58,800

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 Polk County

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 Polk County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $12,760 $17,240 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $34,150 $36,500 $38,850
50% of Median $20,600 $23,550 $26,500 $29,400 $31,800 $34,150 $36,500 $38,850
80% of Median $32,950 $37,650 $42,350 $47,050 $50,850 $54,600 $58,350 $62,150

Cities In Polk County

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City Served By
Alturas
Auburndale The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Auburndale is the Polk County Housing Agency.
Babson Park
Bartow The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Bartow are the Housing Authority of Bartow and Polk County Housing Agency.
Bradley Junction
Brewster
Combee Settlement
Crooked Lake Park
Crystal Lake
Cypress Gardens
Davenport
Dundee
Eagle Lake
Fort Meade The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fort Meade is the Polk County Housing Agency.
Frostproof The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Frostproof is the Polk County Housing Agency.
Fuller Heights
Fussels Corner
Grenelefe
Haines City The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Haines City are the Haines City Housing Assistance and Polk County Housing Agency.
Highland City
Highland Park
Hillcrest Heights
Homeland
Inwood
Jan Phyl Village
Kathleen
Lake Alfred The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lake Alfred is the Polk County Housing Agency.
Lake Hamilton
Lake Wales The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Lake Wales are the Lake Wales Housing Authority and Polk County Housing Agency.
Lakeland The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Lakeland are the Lakeland Housing Authority and Polk County Housing Agency.
Lakeland Highlands
Loughman
Medulla
Mulberry The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Mulberry are the Housing Authority of the City of Mulberry and Polk County Housing Agency.
Polk City The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Polk City is the Polk County Housing Agency.
Wahneta The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Wahneta is the Polk County Housing Agency.
Waverly
Willow Oak
Winter Haven The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Winter Haven is the Winter Haven Housing Authority.