Affordable Housing In Council Bluffs
Pottawattamie County, Iowa

56 Low Income Apartment Communities In Council Bluffs

Maple Park

3524 2nd Ave
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized
62+

North Avenue Towers Apartments

103 North Avenue
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized

Bluffs Towers Apartments

38 Pearl St
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Income Based
Studio-2 BR
Subsidized
Accepts Vouchers

Featherstone Townhomes

901 N 35th Street
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Income Based
1-4 BR
Subsidized

Chapel Ridge - C Bluffs

4506 Chapel Ridge Lane
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Income Based
1-4 BR
Accepts Vouchers

The Bluffs Apartments

2065 Nash Boulevard
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Income Based
2-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Plains View Apartments

2431 Avenue North
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Income Based
1-2 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Prime Square Apartments

822 South Main Street
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Linden Place Apartments

25 South Linden Avenue
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Woodbury Pines

532 Woodbury Avenue
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Subsidized

Housing Authorities that serve Council Bluffs

Housing Authority Programs
Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Council Bluffs, Iowa

There are 56 low income housing apartment communities offering 2,248 affordable apartments for rent in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Income Based Apartments in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Council Bluffs features 1,146 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 Council Bluffs, Iowa

There are 870 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Council Bluffs.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Council Bluffs, Iowa

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Council Bluffs landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Council Bluffs.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Council Bluffs, Iowa for a two-bedroom apartment is between $851 and $1,041.

2020 Council Bluffs, 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 $650 $762 $946 $1,272 $1,419
Payment Standard Range $585 to $715 $686 to $838 $851 to $1,041 $1,145 to $1,399 $1,277 to $1,561

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Council Bluffs, IA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 56
Total Low Income Apartments 2,248
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,146
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 37.37%
Average Renter Household Size 2.30
Average Household Size 2.43
Median Household Income $45,551 ±$1,578
Median Rent $759 ±$19
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 42.36% ± 3.37pp
Total Population 62,309

Population and Household Demographics

Council Bluffs is a City in Pottawattamie County, Iowa with a population of 62,309. There are 24,770 households in the city with an average household size of 2.43 persons. 37.37% of households in Council Bluffs are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Council Bluffs

The median gross income for households in Council Bluffs is $45,551 a year, or $3,796 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 Council Bluffs, a household making less than $2,530 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 42.36% of households who rent are overburdened in Council Bluffs.1

Area Median Income In Council Bluffs

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 Council Bluffs, the AMI is calculated from all households within Pottawattamie County.

In Council Bluffs, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $86,000

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 Council Bluffs

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 Council Bluffs

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $18,100 $20,650 $23,250 $25,800 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $30,100 $34,400 $38,700 $43,000 $46,450 $49,900 $53,350 $56,800
80% of Median $48,200 $55,050 $61,950 $68,800 $74,350 $79,850 $85,350 $90,850