Affordable Housing In Buchanan County

5 Low Income Apartment Communities In Buchanan County

Townhouses of Independence

201 16th Ave NW
Independence, IA
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Community Housing Wildberry Manor

1300 3rd St NW
Independence, IA

Quasqueton Housing

608 E Cedar St
Quasqueton, IA

Operation Threshold - 900 - 914 6th Ave Ne

900 6th Ave NE
Independence, IA
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Wapsie Valley Apartments

200 17th Ave NW
Independence, IA
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Guide To Affordable Housing in Buchanan County, Iowa

There are 5 low income housing apartment communities offering 85 affordable apartments for rent in Buchanan County, Iowa. Buchanan County features 37 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 48 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Buchanan County.

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Buchanan County, IA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 5
Total Low Income Apartments 85
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 37
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 20.46%
Average Renter Household Size 2.17
Average Household Size 2.50
Median Household Income $56,150 ±$2,046
Median Rent $629 ±$28
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 31.56% ± 7.15pp
Total Population 20,998

Population and Household Demographics

Buchanan County is a County in Iowa with a population of 20,998. There are 8,268 households in the county with an average household size of 2.50 persons. 20.46% of households in Buchanan County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Buchanan County

The median gross income for households in Buchanan County is $56,150 a year, or $4,679 a month. The median rent for the county is $629 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Buchanan County, a household making less than $2,097 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 31.56% of households who rent are overburdened in Buchanan County.1

Area Median Income In Buchanan 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 Buchanan County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $76,600

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 Buchanan 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 Buchanan County HUD Rental Assistance in Buchanan County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,100 $18,400 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $26,850 $30,650 $34,500 $38,300 $41,400 $44,450 $47,500 $50,600
80% of Median $42,950 $49,050 $55,200 $61,300 $66,250 $71,150 $76,050 $80,950
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Buchanan County

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1992 to 1992, 1 low income apartment communities containing 16 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Buchanan County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

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 Buchanan County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $26,850 $30,650 $34,500 $38,300 $41,400 $44,450 $47,500 $50,600
60% of Median $32,220 $36,780 $41,400 $45,960 $49,680 $53,340 $57,000 $60,720

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 Buchanan County is $41,400 a year, or $3,450 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,450 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,035 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% $671 $719 $863 $996 $1,111 $1,226
60% $806 $863 $1,035 $1,196 $1,334 $1,472
Fair Market Rents in Buchanan 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.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$479 $541 $696 $939 $943

Cities In Buchanan County

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Winthrop 0
Fairbank 0
Independence 4
Quasqueton 1
Lamont 0
Aurora 0
Brandon 0
Hazleton 0
Rowley 0
Stanley 0