Affordable Housing In DeKalb County
Illinois

26 Low Income Apartment Communities In DeKalb County

Sycamore Manor Apartments

849 Dekalb Ave
Sycamore, IL
Subsidized

Sandwich Manor

216 E Hall St
Sandwich, IL
Subsidized

Sequoya Apartments

15 S Sequoya St
Shabbona, IL
Subsidized

Greenbrier Apartments

926 Greenbrier Rd
Dekalb, IL
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Opportunity House Residences

350 N Maple St
Sycamore, IL
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Briarwood Apartments of Dekalb

Resource Pkwy
Dekalb, IL
HCV Welcome

Midland - Genoa Apartments

W 2nd St
Genoa, IL
HCV Welcome

Golden Years Plaza

507 E Taylor St
Dekalb, IL

Lewis - Garden Estates

234 W Garden St
Dekalb, IL

Civic Apartments

350 Grant St
Sycamore, IL

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

There are 26 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,855 affordable apartments for rent in DeKalb County, Illinois. DeKalb County features 1,134 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 721 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in DeKalb County.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

DeKalb County, IL Affordable Housing Snapshot

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

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
50% of Median $27,100 $31,000 $34,850 $38,700 $41,800 $44,900 $48,000 $51,100
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.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$683 $769 $996 $1,437 $1,692

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.