Affordable Housing In Hays
Ellis County, Kansas

11 Low Income Apartment Communities In Hays

Centennial Towers

2502 Sherman Avenue
Hays, KS

Volga-Canal Housing

1728 Volga Dr
Hays, KS
Elderly Supportive Housing

Sundance of Hays II

1311 E 33rd St
Hays, KS
HCV Welcome

Hays Commons

2800 Grant Ave
Hays, KS

Wyndam Place Senior Residences

2734 Hall St
Hays, KS
HCV Welcome

Sunrise Apartments

1701 Sunset Trl
Hays, KS

Epworth Towers

2800 Augusta Ln
Hays, KS
Elderly Supportive Housing

Hays Plaza Apartments

1005 W 28th St
Hays, KS

Stonepost Apartments II

101 W 4th St
Hays, KS
HCV Welcome

Stonepost Apartments

109 E 4th St
Hays, KS
HCV Welcome

Housing Authorities that serve Hays

Housing Authority Programs
Hays Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Ellis County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Hays, Kansas

There are 11 low income housing apartment communities offering 457 affordable apartments for rent in Hays, Kansas. Hays features 327 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 130 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Hays.

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Hays, KS Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 11
Total Low Income Apartments 457
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 327
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 43.21%
Average Renter Household Size 2.00
Average Household Size 2.31
Median Household Income $42,976 ±$3,971
Median Rent $636 ±$30
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 47.66% ± 7.02pp
Total Population 20,992

Population and Household Demographics

Hays is a City in Ellis County, Kansas with a population of 20,992. There are 8,618 households in the city with an average household size of 2.31 persons. 43.21% of households in Hays are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Hays

The median gross income for households in Hays is $42,976 a year, or $3,581 a month. The median rent for the city is $636 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Hays, a household making less than $2,120 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 47.66% of households who rent are overburdened in Hays.1

Area Median Income In Hays

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 Hays, the AMI is calculated from all households within Ellis County.

In Hays, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $73,000

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 Hays

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 Hays HUD Rental Assistance in Hays

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $15,350 $17,550 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $25,550 $29,200 $32,850 $36,500 $39,450 $42,350 $45,300 $48,200
80% of Median $40,900 $46,750 $52,600 $58,400 $63,100 $67,750 $72,450 $77,100
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Hays

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

From 1994 to 2009, 8 low income apartment communities containing 291 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Hays 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 Hays

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $25,550 $29,200 $32,850 $36,500 $39,450 $42,350 $45,300 $48,200
60% of Median $30,660 $35,040 $39,420 $43,800 $47,340 $50,820 $54,360 $57,840

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 Hays is $39,420 a year, or $3,285 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,285 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $986 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% $639 $684 $821 $949 $1,059 $1,169
60% $767 $821 $986 $1,139 $1,271 $1,403
Fair Market Rents in Hays

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
$532 $550 $725 $920 $1,269