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Affordable Housing In Wapello County

13 Low Income Apartment Communities In Wapello County

Oak Terrace

561 Ottumwa Street
Ottumwa, Iowa
Call For Rent
3-4 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Washington Apartments

539 W 4th St
Ottumwa, Iowa
Accepts Vouchers
Market Rate

Hillside Apartments ~ Ottumwa

118 S Union St
Ottumwa, Iowa

Steller Woods Village

720 N Fellows Ave
Ottumwa, Iowa

Southoak Towers

102 W Finley Ave
Ottumwa, Iowa

Camelot Westgate Towers

827 Albia Rd
Ottumwa, Iowa

Family Sites

1102 Elm Ct
Ottumwa, Iowa

Prairie Townhomes - E Locust, Cass, Etc

910 Locust St
Ottumwa, Iowa
Accepts Vouchers

Emerald Hill Apartments

1600 Steller Ave
Ottumwa, Iowa
Accepts Vouchers

Housing Authorities that serve Wapello County

Housing Authority Programs
Area XV Multi-County Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Wapello County, Iowa

There are 13 low income housing apartment communities offering 724 affordable apartments for rent in Wapello County, Iowa.

Income Based Apartments in Wapello County, Iowa

Wapello County features 487 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 Wapello County, Iowa

There are 185 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Wapello County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Wapello County, Iowa

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Wapello County, Iowa for a two-bedroom apartment is between $659 and $805.

2020 Wapello County, 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
Fair Market Rent $497 $556 $732 $939 $1,055
Payment Standard Range $447 to $547 $500 to $612 $659 to $805 $845 to $1,033 $950 to $1,161

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Wapello County, IA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 13
Total Low Income Apartments 724
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 487
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 26.84%
Average Renter Household Size 2.20
Average Household Size 2.38
Median Household Income $42,095 ±$1,372
Median Rent $612 ±$22
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 45.09% ± 4.8pp
Total Population 35,315

Population and Household Demographics

Wapello County is a county in Iowa with a population of 35,315. There are 14,493 households in the county with an average household size of 2.38 persons. 26.84% of households in Wapello County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Wapello County

The median gross income for households in Wapello County is $42,095 a year, or $3,508 a month. The median rent for the county is $612 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Wapello County, a household making less than $2,040 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 45.09% of households who rent are overburdened in Wapello County.

Area Median Income In Wapello 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 Wapello County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $58,700

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 Wapello 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 HUD Rental Assistance in Wapello County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $15,250 $17,400 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $25,400 $29,000 $32,650 $36,250 $39,150 $42,050 $44,950 $47,850
80% of Median $40,600 $46,400 $52,200 $58,000 $62,650 $67,300 $71,950 $76,600

Cities In Wapello County

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City Served By
Agency The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Agency is the Area XV Multi-County Housing Agency.
Blakesburg The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Blakesburg is the Area XV Multi-County Housing Agency.
Chillicothe The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Chillicothe is the Area XV Multi-County Housing Agency.
Eldon The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Eldon is the Area XV Multi-County Housing Agency.
Kirkville The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Kirkville is the Area XV Multi-County Housing Agency.
Ottumwa The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Ottumwa are the Ottumwa Housing Authority and Area XV Multi-County Housing Agency.