Affordable Housing In Cerro Gordo County
Iowa

23 Low Income Apartment Communities In Cerro Gordo County

Legacy Manor of Mason City II

3300 9th St SW
Mason City, IA
$375-650
2 BR
55+
HCV Welcome
Market Rate

Regency Apartments

1531 6th Pl SE
Mason City, IA
Subsidized

Lakeland Park Apartments

210 W 10th Ave N
Clear Lake, IA
Subsidized

Autumn Park Apartments ~ Mason City

710 S Pierce Ave
Mason City, IA
Subsidized

Three Links Apartments

1033 19th St SW
Mason City, IA
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Pilgrim Place

741 S Illinois Ave
Mason City, IA
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Shalom Towers II

321 4th St NE
Mason City, IA
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

South Avenue

821 W 12th Ave N
Clear Lake, IA

Westside Manor

2401 S Taft Ave
Mason City, IA
Subsidized

Pebble Creek II

190 S Grove
Mason City, IA
HCV Welcome

There are 23 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 981 affordable apartments for rent in Cerro Gordo County. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 683 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Cerro Gordo County, HUD housing programs support 296 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 298 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Cerro Gordo County

Housing Authority Programs
North Iowa Regional Housing Authority Public Housing

Other Housing Authorities located in Cerro Gordo County

Housing Authority Programs
Mason City Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa

Cerro Gordo County, IA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 23
Total Low Income Apartments 981
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 683
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 28.96%
Average Renter Household Size 1.83
Total Population 43,481
Housing Units 19,519
Average Household Size 2.17
Median Household Income $46,122 ±$1,395
Median Rent $617 ±$19
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 39.37% ± 5.16pp

Population and Household Demographics

Cerro Gordo County is a County in Iowa with a population of 43,481. There are 19,519 households in the county with an average household size of 2.17 persons. 28.96% of households in Cerro Gordo County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Cerro Gordo County

The median gross income for households in Cerro Gordo County is $46,122 a year, or $3,844 a month. The median rent for the county is $617 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Cerro Gordo County, a household making less than $2,057 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 39.37% of households who rent are overburdened in Cerro Gordo County.1

Area Median Income In Cerro Gordo 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 Cerro Gordo County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $68,900

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 Cerro Gordo 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 Cerro Gordo County HUD Rental Assistance in Cerro Gordo County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,600 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $24,300 $27,800 $31,250 $34,700 $37,500 $40,300 $43,050 $45,850
80% of Median $38,850 $44,400 $49,950 $55,500 $59,950 $64,400 $68,850 $73,300
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Cerro Gordo County

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

From 1990 to 2006, 9 low income apartment communities containing 346 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Cerro Gordo 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 Cerro Gordo County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $24,300 $27,800 $31,250 $34,700 $37,500 $40,300 $43,050 $45,850
60% of Median $29,160 $33,360 $37,500 $41,640 $45,000 $48,360 $51,660 $55,020

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 Cerro Gordo County is $37,500 a year, or $3,125 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,125 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $938 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% $608 $651 $781 $903 $1,008 $1,111
60% $729 $782 $938 $1,083 $1,209 $1,334
Fair Market Rents in Cerro Gordo 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
$478 $562 $744 $960 $1,163

Cities In Cerro Gordo County

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City Listings Served By
Mason City 14 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mason City is the Mason City Housing Authority.
Clear Lake 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Clear Lake is the North Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Rockwell 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rockwell is the North Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Rockwell City 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rockwell City is the North Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Nora Springs 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Nora Springs is the North Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Burchinal 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Burchinal is the North Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Plymouth 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Plymouth is the North Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Portland 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Portland is the North Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Rock Falls 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rock Falls is the North Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Ventura 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Ventura is the North Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Dougherty 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Dougherty is the North Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Meservey 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Meservey is the North Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Swaledale 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Swaledale is the North Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Thornton 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Thornton is the North Iowa Regional Housing Authority.