Cheap Apartments In Decatur
Macon County,Illinois

Willow Heights

1460 E Wellington Way
Decatur, IL
1 BR

Carriage House II Decatur

3757 Portage Place
Decatur, IL
1-3 BR

Carriage House I Decatur

3757 Portage Place
Decatur, IL
1-3 BR

The Woods

3010 E Mound Rd
Decatur, IL

Heritage Grove

360 East Grand
Decatur, IL

There are 34 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 2,968 affordable apartments for rent in Decatur, Illinois. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 1,964 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 726 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Decatur. There are 1,540 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Housing Authorities that serve Decatur

Understanding Affordable Housing in Decatur, Illinois

Decatur, IL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties34
Total Low Income Apartments2,968
Total Rent Assisted Apartments1,964
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters38.51%
Average Renter Household Size2.19
Total Population74,654
Housing Units31,287
Average Household Size2.28
Median Household Income$40,679 ±$1,306
Median Rent$652 ±$15
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened45.88% ± 3.14pp

Population and Household Demographics

Decatur is a City in Macon County, Illinois with a population of 74,654. There are 31,287 households in the city with an average household size of 2.28 persons. 38.51% of households in Decatur are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Decatur

The median gross income for households in Decatur is $40,679 a year, or $3,390 a month. The median rent for the city is $652 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Decatur, a household making less than $2,173 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent.45.88% of households who rent are overburdened in Decatur.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 3.14 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Decatur

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 Decatur, the AMI is calculated from all households within Macon County.

In Decatur, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $66,700

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 Decatur

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 Decatur HUD Rental Assistance in Decatur

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You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Decatur

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

From 1995 to 2010, 13 low income apartment communities containing 1,396 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Decatur by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Decatur by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

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 Decatur

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
HERA 50%$23,450$26,800$30,150$33,500$36,200$38,900$41,550$44,250
HERA 60%$28,140$32,160$36,180$40,200$43,440$46,680$49,860$53,100

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 Decatur is $36,060 a year, or $3,005 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,005 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $902 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 AMIStudio1 Bed2 Bed3 Bed4 Bed5 Bed
Fair Market Rents in Decatur

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.

2018 Fair Market Rents
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