; Low Income Apartments For Rent in Decatur County, IA

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Grand River Housing

225 E 3rd St
Grand River, Iowa
Rent Assisted


302 NE 8th St
Leon, Iowa
S. 202

Lamoni Assisted Living

810 E 3rd St
Lamoni, Iowa
Rent Assisted

Valley View Apartments

1006 SW 11th St
Leon, Iowa

Crown Colony Retire

200 Crown Colony
Lamoni, Iowa
Rent Assisted


401 SE Q St
Leon, Iowa
Public Housing
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There are 8 low-income apartments in Decatur County that offer reduced rents to eligible households.

Rental assistance programs support 148 low-income homes in Decatur County where households pay rent based on how much they earn. For 2023, elgible households participating in federally assisted housing pay an average of $253 towards rent each month.

Affordable rent data for some communities last confirmed on January 3rd, 2023. Subdsidized rents typically change once a year based on federal guidance.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Decatur County, Iowa

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Housing Authority Programs
Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Go to the Iowa Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Decatur County.

Decatur County, Iowa Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Decatur County, Iowa

Decatur County features 148 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 Decatur County, Iowa

There are 8 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Decatur County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Decatur County, Iowa

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Decatur County landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Decatur County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Decatur County, Iowa for a two-bedroom apartment is between $716 and $875.

2023 Decatur County, 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
Decatur County, Iowa Fair Market Rent $532 $604 $795 $968 $1,354
Decatur County, Iowa Payment Standard Range $479 to $585 $544 to $664 $716 to $875 $871 to $1,065 $1,219 to $1,489

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Decatur County, IA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 6
Total Low Income Apartments 156
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 148
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 32.95%
Average Renter Household Size 2.18
Average Household Size 2.38
Median Household Income $38,560 ±$2,684
Median Rent $462 ±$43
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 36.68% ± 6.47pp
Total Population 8,249

Population and Household Demographics

Decatur County is a county in Iowa with a population of 8,249. There are 3,144 households in the county with an average household size of 2.38 persons. 32.95% of households in Decatur County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Decatur County

The median gross income for households in Decatur County is $38,560 a year, or $3,213 a month. The median rent for the county is $462 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Decatur County, a household making less than $1,540 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 36.68% of households who rent are overburdened in Decatur County.

Area Median Income In Decatur 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 Decatur County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $69,600

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 Decatur 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 HUD Rental Assistance in Decatur County

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Decatur County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$17,550 $20,050 $24,860 $30,000 $35,140 $40,280 $45,420 $50,560
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Decatur County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$29,250 $33,400 $37,600 $41,750 $45,100 $48,450 $51,800 $55,150
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Decatur County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$46,800 $53,450 $60,150 $66,800 $72,150 $77,500 $82,850 $88,200