Affordable Housing In Ames
7 Low Income Apartment Communities In Ames
Housing Authorities that serve Ames
|City of Ames||-|
|Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing|
Guide To Affordable Housing in Ames, Iowa
There are 7 low income housing apartment communities offering 549 affordable apartments for rent in Ames, Iowa.
Income Based Apartments in Ames, Iowa
Ames features 170 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 Ames, Iowa
There are 379 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Ames.
Housing Choice Vouchers in Ames, Iowa
On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Ames landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Ames.
The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Ames, Iowa for a two-bedroom apartment is between $771 and $943.
2020 Ames, Iowa 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||$684||$706||$857||$1,191||$1,417|
|Payment Standard Range||$616 to $752||$635 to $777||$771 to $943||$1,072 to $1,310||$1,275 to $1,559|
Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.
Ames, IA Affordable Housing Snapshot
|Total Affordable Apartment Properties||7|
|Total Low Income Apartments||549|
|Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance||170|
|Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters||59.02%|
|Average Renter Household Size||2.16|
|Average Household Size||2.25|
|Median Household Income||$41,616 ±$2,388|
|Median Rent||$785 ±$17|
|Percentage Of Renters Overburdened||57.76% ± 4.13pp|
Population and Household Demographics
Income and Rent Overburden in Ames
The median gross income for households in Ames is $41,616 a year, or $3,468 a month. The median rent for the city is $785 a month.
Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Ames, a household making less than $2,617 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 57.76% of households who rent are overburdened in Ames.
Area Median Income In Ames
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 Ames, the AMI is calculated from all households within Story County.
In Ames, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $104,300
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 Ames
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 Ames
|Income||1 Person||2 Person||3 Person||4 Person||5 Person||6 Person||7 Person||8 Person|
|30% of Median||$19,900||$22,750||$25,600||$28,400||$30,700||$35,160||$39,640||$44,120|
|50% of Median||$33,150||$37,850||$42,600||$47,300||$51,100||$54,900||$58,700||$62,450|
|80% of Median||$53,000||$60,600||$68,150||$75,700||$81,800||$87,850||$93,900||$99,950|