Affordable Housing In DeKalb County
Illinois

26 Low Income Apartment Communities In DeKalb County

Sycamore Meadow Apartments

1705 Longwood Drive
Sycamore, IL
$565-635
1-2 BR
62+
Accessible
Subsidized

Village Green Genoa Apartments

255 E. Railroad Ave
Genoa, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized

Waterman Gardens Apartments

215 E. Duffy Road
Waterman, IL
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Chamberlain Park Apartments

201 W. 2nd
Genoa, IL
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Hall Street Lofts

413 E Hall St
Sandwich, IL
HCV Welcome

Canterbury Place

615 Meadow Creek Dr
Dekalb, IL
HCV Welcome

University Village Apartments

722 N Annie Glidden Rd
Dekalb, IL
Subsidized

University Village IIi

819 Russell Rd
Dekalb, IL
Subsidized

Colonial House Apartments

1600 North Fourteenth Street
Dekalb, IL
HCV Welcome

Gideon Court Apartments

1325 W Lincoln Hwy
Dekalb, IL
Subsidized

There are 26 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 1,855 affordable apartments for rent in DeKalb County. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 1,134 apartments that set rent based on your income. In DeKalb County, HUD housing programs support 798 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 721 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve DeKalb County

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in DeKalb County, Illinois

DeKalb County, IL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 26
Total Low Income Apartments 1,855
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 1,134
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 41.5%
Average Renter Household Size 2.43
Total Population 104,345
Housing Units 37,269
Average Household Size 2.65
Median Household Income $54,101 ±$2,012
Median Rent $860 ±$24
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 53.44% ± 3.85pp

Population and Household Demographics

DeKalb County is a County in Illinois with a population of 104,345. There are 37,269 households in the county with an average household size of 2.65 persons. 41.5% of households in DeKalb County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in DeKalb County

The median gross income for households in DeKalb County is $54,101 a year, or $4,508 a month. The median rent for the county is $860 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In DeKalb County, a household making less than $2,867 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 53.44% of households who rent are overburdened in DeKalb County.1

Area Median Income In DeKalb 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 DeKalb County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $77,400

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 DeKalb 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 DeKalb County HUD Rental Assistance in DeKalb County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,250 $18,600 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $27,100 $31,000 $34,850 $38,700 $41,800 $44,900 $48,000 $51,100
80% of Median $43,350 $49,550 $55,750 $61,900 $66,900 $71,850 $76,800 $81,750
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in DeKalb County

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

From 1994 to 2008, 7 low income apartment communities containing 647 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in DeKalb County 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 DeKalb County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
60% of Median $32,520 $37,200 $41,820 $46,440 $50,160 $53,880 $57,600 $61,320

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 DeKalb County is $41,820 a year, or $3,485 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,485 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,046 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% $678 $726 $871 $1,006 $1,123 $1,239
60% $813 $872 $1,046 $1,208 $1,347 $1,487
Fair Market Rents in DeKalb County

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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$645 $733 $963 $1,373 $1,623

Cities In DeKalb County

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City Listings Served By
Dekalb 12 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Dekalb is the Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb.
Somonauk 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Somonauk is the Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb.
Sycamore 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sycamore is the Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb.
Hinckley 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hinckley is the Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb.
Waterman 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Waterman is the Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb.
Shabbona 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Shabbona is the Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb.
Sandwich 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sandwich is the Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb.
Kirkland 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Kirkland is the Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb.
Genoa 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Genoa is the Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb.
Malta 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Malta is the Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb.
Cortland 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cortland is the Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb.
Kingston 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Kingston is the Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb.
Lee 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lee is the Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb.
Maple Park 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Maple Park is the Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb.