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Affordable Housing In Sycamore
DeKalb County, Illinois

5 Low Income Apartment Communities In Sycamore

Sycamore Meadow Apartments

1705 Longwood Drive
Sycamore, Illinois
1-2 BR

Sycamore Manor Apartments

849 Dekalb Ave
Sycamore, Illinois

Opportunity House Residences

350 N Maple St
Sycamore, Illinois
Elderly Supportive Housing

Civic Apartments

350 Grant St
Sycamore, Illinois

Sycamore Green Apartments

1117 S Cross St
Sycamore, Illinois
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Housing Authorities that serve Sycamore

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Sycamore, Illinois

There are 5 low income housing apartment communities offering 172 affordable apartments for rent in Sycamore, Illinois.

Income Based Apartments in Sycamore, Illinois

Sycamore features 140 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 Sycamore, Illinois

There are 32 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Sycamore.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Sycamore, Illinois

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Sycamore landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Sycamore.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Sycamore, Illinois for a two-bedroom apartment is between $896 and $1,096.

2020 Sycamore, 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 $683 $769 $996 $1,437 $1,692
Payment Standard Range $615 to $751 $692 to $846 $896 to $1,096 $1,293 to $1,581 $1,523 to $1,861

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Sycamore, IL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 5
Total Low Income Apartments 172
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 140
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 37%
Average Renter Household Size 2.27
Average Household Size 2.54
Median Household Income $64,080 ±$3,078
Median Rent $935 ±$49
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 38.67% ± 8.1pp
Total Population 17,572

Population and Household Demographics

Sycamore is a city in DeKalb County, Illinois with a population of 17,572. There are 6,871 households in the city with an average household size of 2.54 persons. 37% of households in Sycamore are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Sycamore

The median gross income for households in Sycamore is $64,080 a year, or $5,340 a month. The median rent for the city is $935 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Sycamore, a household making less than $3,117 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 38.67% of households who rent are overburdened in Sycamore.

Area Median Income In Sycamore

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 Sycamore, the AMI is calculated from all households within DeKalb County.

In Sycamore, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $83,700

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 Sycamore

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 Sycamore

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $17,550 $20,050 $22,550 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $29,250 $33,400 $37,600 $41,750 $45,100 $48,450 $51,800 $55,150
80% of Median $46,800 $53,450 $60,150 $66,800 $72,150 $77,500 $82,850 $88,200