Affordable Housing In Benton County
Iowa

6 Low Income Apartment Communities In Benton County

Urbana Housing

306 W Main St
Urbana, IA
62+
Accessible
Subsidized

Vinton Park Apartments

1603 W 1st St
Vinton, IA
Subsidized

Prairie Manor

200 Montana Ave
Atkins, MT
Subsidized

Norway Area Housing

310 E Tuttle St
Norway, IA
Subsidized

Country View Apartments

500 6th Ave
Newhall, IA
Subsidized

Nahf Belle Plaine Iowa

1307 12th Ave
Belle Plaine, IA
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There are 6 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 381 affordable apartments for rent in Benton County. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 101 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Benton County, HUD housing programs support 51 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 280 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Guide To Affordable Housing in Benton County, Iowa

Benton County, IA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 6
Total Low Income Apartments 381
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 101
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 18.77%
Average Renter Household Size 2.21
Total Population 25,803
Housing Units 10,154
Average Household Size 2.51
Median Household Income $60,606 ±$2,773
Median Rent $593 ±$38
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 32.74% ± 6.99pp

Population and Household Demographics

Benton County is a County in Iowa with a population of 25,803. There are 10,154 households in the county with an average household size of 2.51 persons. 18.77% of households in Benton County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Benton County

The median gross income for households in Benton County is $60,606 a year, or $5,051 a month. The median rent for the county is $593 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Benton County, a household making less than $1,977 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 32.74% of households who rent are overburdened in Benton County.1

Area Median Income In Benton County

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.

In Benton County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $82,700

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 Benton County

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 Benton County HUD Rental Assistance in Benton County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $17,400 $19,850 $22,350 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $28,950 $33,100 $37,250 $41,350 $44,700 $48,000 $51,300 $54,600
80% of Median $46,350 $52,950 $59,550 $66,150 $71,450 $76,750 $82,050 $87,350

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 Benton County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $28,950 $33,100 $37,250 $41,350 $44,700 $48,000 $51,300 $54,600
60% of Median $34,740 $39,720 $44,700 $49,620 $53,640 $57,600 $61,560 $65,520

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 Benton County is $44,700 a year, or $3,725 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,725 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,118 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% $724 $776 $931 $1,076 $1,200 $1,324
60% $869 $931 $1,118 $1,291 $1,440 $1,589
Fair Market Rents in Benton County

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
$522 $526 $683 $871 $966

Cities In Benton County

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City Listings Served By
Urbana 1
Belle Plaine 1
Vinton 1
Van Horne 0
Norway 1
Newhall 1
Atkins 1
Blairstown 0
Keystone 0
Luzerne 0
Mount Auburn 0
Shellsburg 0
Watkins 0
Garrison 0
Walford 0