Affordable Housing In Palo Alto County
Iowa

6 Low Income Apartment Communities In Palo Alto County

North Valley Apartments

702 N Vangordon St
Graettinger, IA
HCV Welcome

Ruthven Apartments

2701 Mitchell St
Ruthven, IA
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Emmetsburg Group Homes

1501 Palmer St
Emmetsburg, IA
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Roscommon Apartments

2805 Schroeder Dr
Emmetsburg, IA
HCV Welcome

Country Home Builders Apartments

210 N State St
Emmetsburg, IA
HCV Welcome

M. Peter Hart I

212 N State St
Emmetsburg, IA
HCV Welcome
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Other Housing Authorities located in Palo Alto County

Housing Authority Programs
Low Rent Housing Agency of Emmetsburg Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Palo Alto County, Iowa

There are 6 low income housing apartment communities offering 98 affordable apartments for rent in Palo Alto County, Iowa. Palo Alto County features 31 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 67 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Palo Alto County.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Palo Alto County, IA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 6
Total Low Income Apartments 98
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 31
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 25.62%
Average Renter Household Size 2.02
Average Household Size 2.23
Median Household Income $47,113 ±$2,245
Median Rent $529 ±$45
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 37.39% ± 8.25pp
Total Population 9,208

Population and Household Demographics

Palo Alto County is a County in Iowa with a population of 9,208. There are 3,977 households in the county with an average household size of 2.23 persons. 25.62% of households in Palo Alto County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Palo Alto County

The median gross income for households in Palo Alto County is $47,113 a year, or $3,926 a month. The median rent for the county is $529 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Palo Alto County, a household making less than $1,763 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 37.39% of households who rent are overburdened in Palo Alto County.1

Area Median Income In Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $67,900

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 Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto County HUD Rental Assistance in Palo Alto County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,600 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $24,300 $27,800 $31,250 $34,700 $37,500 $40,300 $43,050 $45,850
80% of Median $38,850 $44,400 $49,950 $55,500 $59,950 $64,400 $68,850 $73,300
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Palo Alto County

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1992 to 2000, 4 low income apartment communities containing 67 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Palo Alto County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Palo Alto County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $24,300 $27,800 $31,250 $34,700 $37,500 $40,300 $43,050 $45,850
60% of Median $29,160 $33,360 $37,500 $41,640 $45,000 $48,360 $51,660 $55,020

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Palo Alto County is $37,500 a year, or $3,125 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,125 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $938 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $608 $651 $781 $903 $1,008 $1,111
60% $729 $782 $938 $1,083 $1,209 $1,334
Fair Market Rents in Palo Alto County

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$497 $522 $687 $891 $1,123

Cities In Palo Alto County

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City Listings Served By
Graettinger 1
Emmetsburg 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Emmetsburg is the Low Rent Housing Agency of Emmetsburg.
Ruthven 1
Curlew 0
Cylinder 0
Mallard 0
Rodman 0
Ayrshire 0