Affordable Housing In Fort Madison
Lee County, Iowa

5 Low Income Apartment Communities In Fort Madison

Eagle Bluff

2803 A Avenue
Fort Madison, Iowa
Call For Rent
1 BR

Bluff Apartments

5202 River Valley Road
Fort Madison, Iowa
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Rose Michael Gardens

4516 Avenue L
Fort Madison, Iowa
Elderly Supportive Housing

Fort Madison Park

1125 48th Street
Fort Madison, Iowa

Hillview Village

1102 48th St
Fort Madison, Iowa
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Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Fort Madison, 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.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Fort Madison, Iowa

Housing Authority Programs
Fort Madison Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Fort Madison, Iowa

There are 5 low income housing apartment communities offering 258 affordable apartments for rent in Fort Madison, Iowa.

Income Based Apartments in Fort Madison, Iowa

Fort Madison features 218 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 Fort Madison, Iowa

There are 40 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Fort Madison.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Fort Madison, Iowa

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Fort Madison landlords $400 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $200 towards rent in Fort Madison.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Fort Madison, Iowa for a two-bedroom apartment is between $676 and $826.

2022 Fort Madison, 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
Fort Madison, Iowa Fair Market Rent $499 $599 $751 $1,020 $1,181
Fort Madison, Iowa Payment Standard Range $449 to $549 $539 to $659 $676 to $826 $918 to $1,122 $1,063 to $1,299

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Fort Madison, IA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 5
Total Low Income Apartments 258
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 218
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 26.44%
Average Renter Household Size 1.58
Average Household Size 2.34
Median Household Income $42,595 ±$3,795
Median Rent $592 ±$37
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 31.53% ± 9.42pp
Total Population 10,832

Population and Household Demographics

Fort Madison is a city in Lee County, Iowa with a population of 10,832. There are 4,534 households in the city with an average household size of 2.34 persons. 26.44% of households in Fort Madison are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Fort Madison

The median gross income for households in Fort Madison is $42,595 a year, or $3,550 a month. The median rent for the city is $592 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Fort Madison, a household making less than $1,973 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 31.53% of households who rent are overburdened in Fort Madison.

Area Median Income In Fort Madison

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 Fort Madison, the AMI is calculated from all households within Lee County.

In Fort Madison, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $65,500

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 Fort Madison

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 Fort Madison

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Fort Madison AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$15,100 $17,420 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Fort Madison AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$25,150 $28,750 $32,350 $35,900 $38,800 $41,650 $44,550 $47,400
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Fort Madison AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$40,250 $46,000 $51,750 $57,450 $62,050 $66,650 $71,250 $75,850