Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Dubuque, IA

Discover affordable housing in Dubuque where there are 27+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

Applewood III

3225 Pennsylvania Ave, Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Davis Place, Llc - 521 Garfield Ave

521 Garfield Ave, Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Loras Blvd. and Main Street Apartments

483 Loras Blvd, Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Marthas Haas

2217 Queen St, Dubuque, Iowa 52001


243 W 11th St, Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Malers and Schmidt Apartments

1571 Bluff St, Dubuque, Iowa 52001

2605 White St

2605 White St, Dubuque, Iowa 52001

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Reported On February 23rd, 2024 by Lorena Bentley

The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Dubuque, Iowa
$10.48 (+145%) more than Iowa minimum wage and $10.48 (+145%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve Dubuque, 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.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-Sufficiency, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), Moderate Rehabilitation programs for Dubuque, Iowa.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-Sufficiency programs for Dubuque, Iowa.

Go to the Iowa Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Dubuque.

How many renters live in Dubuque, Iowa?

The City of Dubuque has 59,315 people living in 25,198 households.

There are 17,213 renters living in 8,877 renter households in this City. Renters make up 29.02 percent of the population living in Dubuque.

What is the rental market like in Dubuque, Iowa?

There are an estimated 27,271 housing units in the Dubuque area. Of these, 9,734 units are rental homes, making up 36 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Dubuque, Iowa, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Dubuque?

The rental vacancy rate in Dubuque is 7 percent. This is a higher than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are high it means that there are a lot of available units and rents tend to be lower.

How many rental units are in Dubuque for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Dubuque
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
843 2,410 3,408 1,595 516
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Dubuque

A large number of apartments in Dubuque have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in Dubuque are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 45 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 27 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in Dubuque

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $650 to $1,588. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $650
One BR $712
Two BR $936
Three BR $1,259
Four BR $1,588
2024 Fair Market Rents in Dubuque, Iowa

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Dubuque?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 368 44 percent
One BR 1,263 52 percent
Two BR 1,602 47 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Dubuque, Iowa

How many affordable rental units are in Dubuque?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Dubuque, Iowa including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 686
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 426
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Dubuque, Iowa

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Dubuque, Iowa

Dubuque features 523 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 Dubuque, Iowa

There are 626 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Dubuque.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Dubuque, Iowa

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Dubuque, Iowa for a two-bedroom apartment is between $842 and $1,030.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.