Affordable Housing In Carbondale
Jackson County, Illinois

11 Low Income Apartment Communities In Carbondale

Carbondale Towers

703 S Rawlings St
Carbondale, IL
Income Based
Studio-1 BR

Carbondale Supportive Housing

709 E College St
Carbondale, IL
Disabled Supportive Housing

The Fields

700 S Lewis Ln
Carbondale, IL

The Villas of Carbondale

New Era Apt
Carbondale, IL
HCV Welcome

Jackson Street Apartments

205 N Wall St
Carbondale, IL
HCV Welcome

Mill Street

810 W Mill St
Carbondale, IL

Prairie Living West

955 Villa Ct
Carbondale, IL
HCV Welcome


513 E Fisher St
Carbondale, IL


300 S Marion St
Carbondale, IL


1425 Old West Main St
Carbondale, IL

Housing Authorities that serve Carbondale

Housing Authority Programs
Jackson County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Carbondale, Illinois

There are 11 low income housing apartment communities offering 990 affordable apartments for rent in Carbondale, Illinois. Carbondale features 743 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 247 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Carbondale.

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Carbondale, IL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 11
Total Low Income Apartments 990
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 743
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 72.97%
Average Renter Household Size 2.19
Average Household Size 2.30
Median Household Income $17,764 ±$1,833
Median Rent $686 ±$21
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 60.71% ± 4.78pp
Total Population 26,192

Population and Household Demographics

Carbondale is a City in Jackson County, Illinois with a population of 26,192. There are 9,724 households in the city with an average household size of 2.30 persons. 72.97% of households in Carbondale are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Carbondale

The median gross income for households in Carbondale is $17,764 a year, or $1,480 a month. The median rent for the city is $686 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Carbondale, a household making less than $2,287 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 60.71% of households who rent are overburdened in Carbondale.1

Area Median Income In Carbondale

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 Carbondale, the AMI is calculated from all households within Jackson County.

In Carbondale, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $60,000

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 Carbondale

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 Carbondale HUD Rental Assistance in Carbondale

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $13,950 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $23,250 $26,550 $29,850 $33,150 $35,850 $38,500 $41,150 $43,800
80% of Median $37,150 $42,450 $47,750 $53,050 $57,300 $61,550 $65,800 $70,050
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Carbondale

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

From 1997 to 2005, 4 low income apartment communities containing 528 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Carbondale 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 Carbondale

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $23,250 $26,550 $29,850 $33,150 $35,850 $38,500 $41,150 $43,800
60% of Median $27,900 $31,860 $35,820 $39,780 $43,020 $46,200 $49,380 $52,560

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 Carbondale is $35,820 a year, or $2,985 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,985 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $896 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% $581 $623 $746 $863 $963 $1,062
60% $698 $747 $896 $1,035 $1,155 $1,274
Fair Market Rents in Carbondale

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
$479 $571 $735 $954 $1,028