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Affordable Housing In Colby
Thomas County, Kansas

5 Low Income Apartment Communities In Colby

St. Thomas Historic Residences

200 S Range Ave
Colby, Kansas
1-2 BR

South Park Apartments

400 S Franklin Ave
Colby, Kansas

Amber Waves

1795 S Franklin Ave
Colby, Kansas
Accepts Vouchers

Colby House Lp

770 Dylan Dr
Colby, Kansas

Sunflower Apt Colby

1170 S Franklin Ave
Colby, Kansas
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Housing Authorities that serve Colby

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of Colby Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Colby, Kansas

There are 5 low income housing apartment communities offering 212 affordable apartments for rent in Colby, Kansas.

Income Based Apartments in Colby, Kansas

Colby features 164 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 Colby, Kansas

There are 18 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Colby.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Colby, Kansas

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Colby landlords $0 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $0 towards rent in Colby.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Colby, Kansas for a two-bedroom apartment is between $643 and $785.

2020 Colby, Kansas 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 $524 $543 $714 $1,030 $1,039
Payment Standard Range $472 to $576 $489 to $597 $643 to $785 $927 to $1,133 $935 to $1,143

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Colby, KS Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 5
Total Low Income Apartments 212
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 164
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 34.17%
Average Renter Household Size 2.00
Average Household Size 2.28
Median Household Income $44,679 ±$10,932
Median Rent $451 ±$49
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 32.11% ± 15.65pp
Total Population 5,450

Population and Household Demographics

Colby is a city in Thomas County, Kansas with a population of 5,450. There are 2,233 households in the city with an average household size of 2.28 persons. 34.17% of households in Colby are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Colby

The median gross income for households in Colby is $44,679 a year, or $3,723 a month. The median rent for the city is $451 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Colby, a household making less than $1,503 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 32.11% of households who rent are overburdened in Colby.

Area Median Income In Colby

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 Colby, the AMI is calculated from all households within Thomas County.

In Colby, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $70,600

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 Colby

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 Colby

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,850 $17,240 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $24,750 $28,250 $31,800 $35,300 $38,150 $40,950 $43,800 $46,600
80% of Median $39,550 $45,200 $50,850 $56,500 $61,050 $65,550 $70,100 $74,600