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Affordable Housing In Ottawa
Alexander County, Illinois

12 Low Income Apartment Communities In Ottawa

Turnberry Court Apartments

2811 Champlain St
Ottawa, Illinois
1-3 BR
Market Rate

Ottawa Country Place Apartments

701 W McKinley St
Ottawa, Illinois
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Gracefield Apartments

2727 Cherie Lane
Ottawa, Illinois
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Anthony Place at Ottawa

727 Clinton Street
Ottawa, Illinois
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Woodcrest Apartments

1410 Dakota Drive
Ottawa, Illinois

Manor House Apartments 1

2100 Somerset Dr
Ottawa, Illinois

Manor House Apartments 2

2101 Somerset Dr
Ottawa, Illinois

Manor House Apartments 3

2108 Somerset Dr
Ottawa, Illinois

Ottawa Place Senior Apartments

401 Jim Thomas Cir
Ottawa, Illinois

Housing Authorities that serve Ottawa

Housing Authority Programs
Alexander County Housing Authority Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Ottawa, Illinois

There are 12 low income housing apartment communities offering 701 affordable apartments for rent in Ottawa, Illinois.

Income Based Apartments in Ottawa, Illinois

Ottawa features 494 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 Ottawa, Illinois

There are 207 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Ottawa.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Ottawa, Illinois

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Ottawa landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Ottawa.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Ottawa, Illinois for a two-bedroom apartment is between $696 and $850.

2020 Ottawa, 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 $542 $587 $773 $1,115 $1,188
Payment Standard Range $488 to $596 $528 to $646 $696 to $850 $1,004 to $1,227 $1,069 to $1,307

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Ottawa, IL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 12
Total Low Income Apartments 701
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 494
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 38.21%
Average Renter Household Size 2.33
Average Household Size 2.38
Median Household Income $46,477 ±$4,122
Median Rent $721 ±$29
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 44.7% ± 7.35pp
Total Population 18,565

Population and Household Demographics

Ottawa is a city in Alexander County, Illinois with a population of 18,565. There are 7,605 households in the city with an average household size of 2.38 persons. 38.21% of households in Ottawa are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Ottawa

The median gross income for households in Ottawa is $46,477 a year, or $3,873 a month. The median rent for the city is $721 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Ottawa, a household making less than $2,403 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 44.7% of households who rent are overburdened in Ottawa.

Area Median Income In Ottawa

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 Ottawa, the AMI is calculated from all households within Alexander County.

In Ottawa, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $67,000

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 Ottawa

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 Ottawa

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,100 $17,240 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $23,450 $26,800 $30,150 $33,500 $36,200 $38,900 $41,550 $44,250
80% of Median $37,550 $42,900 $48,250 $53,600 $57,900 $62,200 $66,500 $70,800