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Affordable Housing In Muscatine
Muscatine County, Iowa

15 Low Income Apartment Communities In Muscatine

Colorado Park Apartments

401 Colorado St
Muscatine, Iowa

Drake - Schauland Apartments

1800 Houser St
Muscatine, Iowa

Clark House

117 W 3rd St
Muscatine, Iowa

Cottage Grove

1503 Houser St
Muscatine, Iowa

State of Iowa

3009 Harmony Ln
Muscatine, Iowa

Housing Authorities that serve Muscatine

Housing Authority Programs
Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Muscatine, Iowa

There are 15 low income housing apartment communities offering 721 affordable apartments for rent in Muscatine, Iowa.

Income Based Apartments in Muscatine, Iowa

Muscatine features 451 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 Muscatine, Iowa

There are 270 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Muscatine.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Muscatine, Iowa

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Muscatine landlords $400 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Muscatine.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Muscatine, Iowa for a two-bedroom apartment is between $821 and $1,003.

2021 Muscatine, 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
Muscatine, Iowa Fair Market Rent $602 $692 $912 $1,146 $1,388
Muscatine, Iowa Payment Standard Range $542 to $662 $623 to $761 $821 to $1,003 $1,031 to $1,261 $1,249 to $1,527

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Muscatine, IA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 15
Total Low Income Apartments 721
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 451
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 32.36%
Average Renter Household Size 2.32
Average Household Size 2.53
Median Household Income $44,601 ±$3,149
Median Rent $762 ±$54
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 43.25% ± 6.91pp
Total Population 23,888

Population and Household Demographics

Muscatine is a city in Muscatine County, Iowa with a population of 23,888. There are 9,318 households in the city with an average household size of 2.53 persons. 32.36% of households in Muscatine are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Muscatine

The median gross income for households in Muscatine is $44,601 a year, or $3,717 a month. The median rent for the city is $762 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Muscatine, a household making less than $2,540 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 43.25% of households who rent are overburdened in Muscatine.

Area Median Income In Muscatine

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 Muscatine, the AMI is calculated from all households within Muscatine County.

In Muscatine, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $73,000

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 Muscatine

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 Muscatine

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Muscatine AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$15,350 $17,550 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Muscatine AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$25,550 $29,200 $32,850 $36,500 $39,450 $42,350 $45,300 $48,200
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Muscatine AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$40,900 $46,750 $52,600 $58,400 $63,100 $67,750 $72,450 $77,100