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Affordable Housing In Metropolis
Massac County, Illinois

4 Low Income Apartment Communities In Metropolis

Fairmount Apartments

126 E 3rd St
Metropolis, Illinois

Parkview Apartments of Metropolis

1055 E 8th St
Metropolis, Illinois

Devondale Apartments II

1441 W 10th St
Metropolis, Illinois

Massac Village Apts Metropolis

60 Lois Lane
Metropolis, Illinois
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Housing Authorities that serve Metropolis

Housing Authority Programs
Massac County Housing Authority Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Metropolis, Illinois

There are 4 low income housing apartment communities offering 299 affordable apartments for rent in Metropolis, Illinois.

Income Based Apartments in Metropolis, Illinois

Metropolis features 257 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 Metropolis, Illinois

There are 42 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Metropolis.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Metropolis, Illinois

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Metropolis landlords $0 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $0 towards rent in Metropolis.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Metropolis, Illinois for a two-bedroom apartment is between $713 and $871.

2020 Metropolis, Illinois 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
Fair Market Rent $537 $608 $792 $987 $1,073
Payment Standard Range $483 to $591 $547 to $669 $713 to $871 $888 to $1,086 $966 to $1,180

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Metropolis, IL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 4
Total Low Income Apartments 299
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 257
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 41.18%
Average Renter Household Size 2.16
Average Household Size 2.24
Median Household Income $31,875 ±$3,567
Median Rent $701 ±$37
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 48.35% ± 9.69pp
Total Population 6,417

Population and Household Demographics

Metropolis is a city in Massac County, Illinois with a population of 6,417. There are 2,727 households in the city with an average household size of 2.24 persons. 41.18% of households in Metropolis are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Metropolis

The median gross income for households in Metropolis is $31,875 a year, or $2,656 a month. The median rent for the city is $701 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Metropolis, a household making less than $2,337 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 48.35% of households who rent are overburdened in Metropolis.

Area Median Income In Metropolis

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 Metropolis, the AMI is calculated from all households within Massac County.

In Metropolis, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $60,100

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 Metropolis

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 Metropolis

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,250 $17,240 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $23,700 $27,100 $30,500 $33,850 $36,600 $39,300 $42,000 $44,700
80% of Median $37,950 $43,350 $48,750 $54,150 $58,500 $62,850 $67,150 $71,500