Affordable Housing In Washington County
Iowa

11 Low Income Apartment Communities In Washington County

Lantern Grove Apartments

1608 N 5th Ave
Washington, IA
Call For Rent
2 BR
HCV Welcome

Reserves at Briarwood

600 West Tyler
Washington, IA
HCV Welcome
Market Rate

Autumn Park Apartments ~ Washington

841 W Monroe St
Washington, IA
Subsidized

Spring Hills Apartments

1310 6th Ave
Wellman, IA
HCV Welcome

Riverside Senior

300 River St
Riverside, IA
Subsidized

Washington Court

1121 E Adams St
Washington, IA

Woodridge Apartments

621 W Adams St
Washington, IA
HCV Welcome

Wellman Apartments

401 8th Ave
Wellman, IA
Subsidized

Kalona Valley

706 C Ave
Kalona, IA
Subsidized

Spring Hill Apartments

1316 6th Ave
Wellman, IA
HCV Welcome

There are 11 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 308 affordable apartments for rent in Washington County. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 216 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Washington County, HUD housing programs support 48 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 92 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Washington County

Housing Authority Programs
Iowa City Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Homeownership Voucher; Family Self-sufficiency
Area XV Multi-County Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Washington County, Iowa

Washington County, IA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 11
Total Low Income Apartments 308
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 216
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 28.1%
Average Renter Household Size 2.28
Total Population 22,017
Housing Units 8,938
Average Household Size 2.43
Median Household Income $56,390 ±$2,418
Median Rent $692 ±$28
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 34.36% ± 5.89pp

Population and Household Demographics

Washington County is a County in Iowa with a population of 22,017. There are 8,938 households in the county with an average household size of 2.43 persons. 28.1% of households in Washington County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Washington County

The median gross income for households in Washington County is $56,390 a year, or $4,699 a month. The median rent for the county is $692 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Washington County, a household making less than $2,307 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 34.36% of households who rent are overburdened in Washington County.1

Area Median Income In Washington 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 Washington County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $75,200

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 Washington 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 Washington County HUD Rental Assistance in Washington County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $15,800 $18,050 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $26,350 $30,100 $33,850 $37,600 $40,650 $43,650 $46,650 $49,650
80% of Median $42,150 $48,150 $54,150 $60,150 $65,000 $69,800 $74,600 $79,400
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Washington County

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

From 1989 to 1999, 3 low income apartment communities containing 52 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Washington 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 Washington County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $26,350 $30,100 $33,850 $37,600 $40,650 $43,650 $46,650 $49,650
60% of Median $31,620 $36,120 $40,620 $45,120 $48,780 $52,380 $55,980 $59,580

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 Washington County is $40,620 a year, or $3,385 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,385 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,016 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% $659 $706 $846 $978 $1,091 $1,204
60% $791 $847 $1,016 $1,174 $1,310 $1,445
Fair Market Rents in Washington 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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$503 $554 $733 $918 $1,119

Cities In Washington County

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City Listings Served By
Ainsworth 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Ainsworth are the Area XV Multi-County Housing Agency and Iowa City Housing Authority.
Kalona 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Kalona are the Area XV Multi-County Housing Agency and Iowa City Housing Authority.
Wellman 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Wellman are the Area XV Multi-County Housing Agency and Iowa City Housing Authority.
Washington 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Washington are the Area XV Multi-County Housing Agency and Iowa City Housing Authority.
Riverside 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Riverside are the Area XV Multi-County Housing Agency and Iowa City Housing Authority.
Crawfordsville 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Crawfordsville are the Area XV Multi-County Housing Agency and Iowa City Housing Authority.
Brighton 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Brighton are the Area XV Multi-County Housing Agency and Iowa City Housing Authority.
West Chester 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve West Chester are the Area XV Multi-County Housing Agency and Iowa City Housing Authority.