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Affordable Housing In Collins
Story County, Iowa

1 Low Income Apartment Communities In Collins

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Housing Authorities that serve Collins

Housing Authority Programs
Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Collins, Iowa

There are 1 low income housing apartment communities offering 20 affordable apartments for rent in Collins, Iowa.

Income Based Apartments in Collins, Iowa

Collins features 0 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 Collins, Iowa

There are 20 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Collins.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Collins, Iowa

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Collins landlords $0 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $0 towards rent in Collins.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Collins, Iowa for a two-bedroom apartment is between $813 and $993.

2021 Collins, 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
Collins, Iowa Fair Market Rent $749 $752 $903 $1,282 $1,481
Collins, Iowa Payment Standard Range $674 to $824 $677 to $827 $813 to $993 $1,154 to $1,410 $1,333 to $1,629

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Collins, IA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 1
Total Low Income Apartments 20
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 0
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 28.98%
Average Renter Household Size 2.37
Average Household Size 2.63
Median Household Income $55,000 ±$13,197
Median Rent $754 ±$273
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 21.57% ± 22.57pp
Total Population 462

Population and Household Demographics

Collins is a city in Story County, Iowa with a population of 462. There are 176 households in the city with an average household size of 2.63 persons. 28.98% of households in Collins are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Collins

The median gross income for households in Collins is $55,000 a year, or $4,583 a month. The median rent for the city is $754 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Collins, a household making less than $2,513 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 21.57% of households who rent are overburdened in Collins.

Area Median Income In Collins

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 Collins, the AMI is calculated from all households within Story County.

In Collins, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $85,400

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 Collins

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 Collins

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Collins AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$18,900 $21,600 $24,300 $26,950 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Collins AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$31,500 $36,000 $40,500 $44,950 $48,550 $52,150 $55,750 $59,350
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Collins AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$50,400 $57,600 $64,800 $71,950 $77,750 $83,500 $89,250 $95,000