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Affordable Housing In Polk County
Florida

77 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

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

Cambridge Cove

1700 Cambridge Cove Pass
Lakeland, Florida
$911-1,540
1-4 BR

Manor at West Bartow

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

Sunset By The Lake

122 East Main Street
Lakeland, Florida

Lake Wales Villas

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Polk County, Florida

There are 77 low income housing apartment communities offering 6,445 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 3,085 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 $921 and $1,125.

2021 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
Polk County, Florida Fair Market Rent $794 $799 $1,023 $1,375 $1,764
Polk County, Florida Payment Standard Range $715 to $873 $719 to $879 $921 to $1,125 $1,238 to $1,513 $1,588 to $1,940

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Polk County, FL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 77
Total Low Income Apartments 6,445
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 $62,100

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

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Polk County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$12,950 $17,420 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $38,300 $40,750
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Polk County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$21,600 $24,700 $27,800 $30,850 $33,350 $35,800 $38,300 $40,750
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Polk County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$34,550 $39,500 $44,450 $49,350 $53,300 $57,250 $61,200 $65,150

Cities In Polk County

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