Affordable Housing In Oak Park
Cook County, Illinois

4 Low Income Apartment Communities In Oak Park

The Oaks

114 S Humphrey Ave
Oak Park, IL
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Ryan Farrelly Apartments

435 S Humphrey Ave
Oak Park, IL
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Heritage House Apartments, Llc

201 Lake St
Oak Park, IL
Subsidized

Mills Park Towers

1025 Pleasant Pl
Oak Park, IL
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There are 4 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 496 affordable apartments for rent in Oak Park. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 496 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Oak Park, HUD housing programs support 200 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 0 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Oak Park

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the Village of Oak Park Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Oak Park, Illinois

Oak Park, IL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 4
Total Low Income Apartments 496
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 496
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 40.73%
Average Renter Household Size 1.85
Total Population 52,080
Housing Units 21,612
Average Household Size 2.39
Median Household Income $80,196 ±$3,948
Median Rent $1,033 ±$44
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 44.41% ± 3.51pp

Population and Household Demographics

Oak Park is a City in Cook County, Illinois with a population of 52,080. There are 21,612 households in the city with an average household size of 2.39 persons. 40.73% of households in Oak Park are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Oak Park

The median gross income for households in Oak Park is $80,196 a year, or $6,683 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,033 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Oak Park, a household making less than $3,443 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 44.41% of households who rent are overburdened in Oak Park.1

Area Median Income In Oak Park

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 Oak Park, the AMI is calculated from all households within Cook County.

In Oak Park, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $89,100

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 Oak Park

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 Oak Park HUD Rental Assistance in Oak Park

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $18,750 $21,400 $24,100 $26,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $31,200 $35,650 $40,100 $44,550 $48,150 $51,700 $55,250 $58,850
80% of Median $49,950 $57,050 $64,200 $71,300 $77,050 $82,750 $88,450 $94,150

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 Oak Park

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $31,200 $35,650 $40,100 $44,550 $48,150 $51,700 $55,250 $58,850
60% of Median $37,440 $42,780 $48,120 $53,460 $57,780 $62,040 $66,300 $70,620

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 Oak Park is $48,120 a year, or $4,010 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,010 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,203 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% $780 $836 $1,003 $1,159 $1,293 $1,426
60% $936 $1,003 $1,203 $1,391 $1,551 $1,712
Fair Market Rents in Oak Park

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
$915 $1,044 $1,212 $1,542 $1,844