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Affordable Housing In Cedar Falls
Black Hawk County, Iowa

6 Low Income Apartment Communities In Cedar Falls

Cedar Square

1811 W 8th St
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Income Based
2-3 BR

Horizon Towers

2724 Bicentennial Dr
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Income Based
1 BR

Thunder Ridge

2206 Thunder Ridge Blvd
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Income Based
1-2 BR

College Square Manor

3112 Boulder Dr
Cedar Falls, Iowa

College Square Village II

1119 Maplewood Dr
Cedar Falls, Iowa

College Square Village

1207 Maplewood Dr
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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Housing Authorities that serve Cedar Falls

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of Cedar Falls Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Cedar Falls, Iowa

There are 6 low income housing apartment communities offering 286 affordable apartments for rent in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Income Based Apartments in Cedar Falls, Iowa

Cedar Falls features 120 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 Cedar Falls, Iowa

There are 124 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Cedar Falls.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Cedar Falls, Iowa

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Cedar Falls landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Cedar Falls.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Cedar Falls, Iowa for a two-bedroom apartment is between $687 and $839.

2020 Cedar Falls, 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 $517 $604 $763 $996 $1,249
Payment Standard Range $465 to $569 $544 to $664 $687 to $839 $896 to $1,096 $1,124 to $1,374

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Cedar Falls, IA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 6
Total Low Income Apartments 286
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 120
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 35.23%
Average Renter Household Size 2.35
Average Household Size 2.46
Median Household Income $55,808 ±$4,103
Median Rent $759 ±$29
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.69% ± 5.22pp
Total Population 40,439

Population and Household Demographics

Cedar Falls is a city in Black Hawk County, Iowa with a population of 40,439. There are 14,566 households in the city with an average household size of 2.46 persons. 35.23% of households in Cedar Falls are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Cedar Falls

The median gross income for households in Cedar Falls is $55,808 a year, or $4,651 a month. The median rent for the city is $759 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Cedar Falls, a household making less than $2,530 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.69% of households who rent are overburdened in Cedar Falls.

Area Median Income In Cedar Falls

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 Cedar Falls, the AMI is calculated from all households within Black Hawk County.

In Cedar Falls, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $71,600

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 Cedar Falls

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 Cedar Falls

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $15,250 $17,400 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $25,400 $29,000 $32,650 $36,250 $39,150 $42,050 $44,950 $47,850
80% of Median $40,600 $46,400 $52,200 $58,000 $62,650 $67,300 $71,950 $76,600