Affordable Housing In Shelby County
Iowa

5 Low Income Apartment Communities In Shelby County

Westridge Apartments

2004 Garfield Avenue
Harlan, IA
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized

Elk Horn Dev Corp

4219 Union St
Elk Horn, IA

Westphalia Dev Cor

210 Duren St
Westphalia, IA

Sherwood Court Ltd

1709 Lincoln Ave
Harlan, IA
Subsidized

Regency Villa - Harla

1301 Hawkeye Ave
Harlan, IA
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Housing Authorities that serve Shelby County

Housing Authority Programs
Region XII Regional Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Family Self-sufficiency

Guide To Affordable Housing in Shelby County, Iowa

There are 5 low income housing apartment communities offering 225 affordable apartments for rent in Shelby County, Iowa. Shelby County features 185 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 40 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Shelby County.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Shelby County, IA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 5
Total Low Income Apartments 225
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 185
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 20.75%
Average Renter Household Size 1.99
Average Household Size 2.32
Median Household Income $50,952 ±$2,615
Median Rent $600 ±$46
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 31.87% ± 7.04pp
Total Population 11,992

Population and Household Demographics

Shelby County is a County in Iowa with a population of 11,992. There are 5,066 households in the county with an average household size of 2.32 persons. 20.75% of households in Shelby County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Shelby County

The median gross income for households in Shelby County is $50,952 a year, or $4,246 a month. The median rent for the county is $600 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Shelby County, a household making less than $2,000 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 31.87% of households who rent are overburdened in Shelby County.1

Area Median Income In Shelby 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 Shelby County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $71,800

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 Shelby 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 Shelby County HUD Rental Assistance in Shelby County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $15,100 $17,250 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $25,150 $28,750 $32,350 $35,900 $38,800 $41,650 $44,550 $47,400
80% of Median $40,250 $46,000 $51,750 $57,450 $62,050 $66,650 $71,250 $75,850

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 Shelby County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $25,150 $28,750 $32,350 $35,900 $38,800 $41,650 $44,550 $47,400
60% of Median $30,180 $34,500 $38,820 $43,080 $46,560 $49,980 $53,460 $56,880

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 Shelby County is $38,820 a year, or $3,235 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,235 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $971 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% $629 $674 $809 $934 $1,041 $1,149
60% $755 $809 $971 $1,121 $1,250 $1,379
Fair Market Rents in Shelby 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 $931 $1,023

Cities In Shelby County

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City Listings Served By
Harlan 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Harlan is the Region XII Regional Housing Authority.
Elk Horn 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Elk Horn is the Region XII Regional Housing Authority.
Westphalia 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Westphalia is the Region XII Regional Housing Authority.
Corley 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Corley is the Region XII Regional Housing Authority.
Defiance 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Defiance is the Region XII Regional Housing Authority.
Earling 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Earling is the Region XII Regional Housing Authority.
Panama 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Panama is the Region XII Regional Housing Authority.
Tennant 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Tennant is the Region XII Regional Housing Authority.
Irwin 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Irwin is the Region XII Regional Housing Authority.
Jacksonville 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Jacksonville is the Region XII Regional Housing Authority.
Kirkman 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Kirkman is the Region XII Regional Housing Authority.
Portsmouth 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Portsmouth is the Region XII Regional Housing Authority.