Affordable Housing In Douglas County
Kansas

23 Low Income Apartment Communities In Douglas County

Schoolhouse Lofts

704 Chapel Street Baldwin City, KS
Baldwin City, KS
$380-1,050
1 BR
HCV Welcome

LCHT Accessible Housing - West Lawrence

2222 Yale Rd
Lawrence, KS
Accessible
Subsidized

Bethel Estates of Lawrence

2140 E 25th Terrace
Lawrence, KS
55+
HCV Welcome

Vermont Towers

1101 Vermont Street
Lawrence, KS
Subsidized

LCHT Accessible Housing - East Lawrence

1405 E 21st Ter
Lawrence, KS
Accessible
HCV Welcome
Subsidized

Pine Tree Th Coop I

149 Pinecone Dr
Lawrence, KS
Subsidized

Prairie Ridge Place

2424 Melrose Ln
Lawrence, KS
HCV Welcome

Cottonwood Estates II

110 Michigan St
Lawrence, KS
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Cottonwood Estates I

2900 W 23rd Ter
Lawrence, KS
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Building Independence IIi

501 4th St
Baldwin City, KS
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Housing Authorities that serve Douglas County

Housing Authority Programs
Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moving to Work
East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Douglas County, Kansas

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 23 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,430 affordable apartments for rent in Douglas County, Kansas. Douglas County features 705 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 725 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Douglas County.

Douglas County, KS Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 23
Total Low Income Apartments 1,430
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 705
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 47.85%
Average Renter Household Size 2.29
Average Household Size 2.43
Median Household Income $50,939 ±$1,104
Median Rent $859 ±$20
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.1% ± 3.3pp
Total Population 114,967

Population and Household Demographics

Douglas County is a County in Kansas with a population of 114,967. There are 43,729 households in the county with an average household size of 2.43 persons. 47.85% of households in Douglas County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Douglas County

The median gross income for households in Douglas County is $50,939 a year, or $4,245 a month. The median rent for the county is $859 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Douglas County, a household making less than $2,863 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.1% of households who rent are overburdened in Douglas County.1

Area Median Income In Douglas 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 Douglas County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $81,900

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 Douglas 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 Douglas County HUD Rental Assistance in Douglas County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $17,200 $19,650 $22,100 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $28,700 $32,800 $36,900 $40,950 $44,250 $47,550 $50,800 $54,100
80% of Median $45,850 $52,400 $58,950 $65,500 $70,750 $76,000 $81,250 $86,500
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Douglas 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 2012, 15 low income apartment communities containing 899 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Douglas 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 Douglas County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $28,700 $32,800 $36,900 $40,950 $44,250 $47,550 $50,800 $54,100
60% of Median $34,440 $39,360 $44,280 $49,140 $53,100 $57,060 $60,960 $64,920

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 Douglas County is $44,280 a year, or $3,690 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,690 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,107 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% $718 $769 $923 $1,065 $1,189 $1,311
60% $861 $923 $1,107 $1,278 $1,427 $1,574
Fair Market Rents in Douglas 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
$693 $733 $930 $1,342 $1,633

Cities In Douglas County

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City Listings Served By
Lawrence 15 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Lawrence are the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority and East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation.
Baldwin City 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Baldwin City are the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority and East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation.
Eudora 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Eudora are the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority and East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation.
Baldwin 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Baldwin are the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority and East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation.
Lecompton 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lecompton is the East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation.