Cheap Apartments In Kansas City
Wyandotte County, Kansas

Waiting List Openings In Kansas City

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Low Income Apartments In Kansas City

Westgate I

7501 Armstrong Ave
Kansas City, KS
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Parallel Senior Villas

6246 Parallel Pkwy
Kansas City, KS
Elderly Supportive Housing

Booth Manor

1331 N 75th Pl
Kansas City, KS
Elderly Supportive Housing

Crossline Towers

1021 N 7th St
Kansas City, KS
Elderly Supportive Housing

Mosaic VII

7701 Leavenworth Rd
Kansas City, KS
Disabled Supportive Housing

Royal Gardens Apartments

3164 N 61st Street
Kansas City, KS

Oakwood Gardens

3305 Wood Ave
Kansas City, KS

Chelsea Plaza

566 Freeman Ct
Kansas City, KS

Silver City Apartments

2208 Birch Dr
Kansas City, KS

Gateway Plaza West

1430 N 4th St
Kansas City, KS

There are 59 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 4,947 affordable apartments for rent in Kansas City, Kansas. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 3,541 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 1,183 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Kansas City. There are 2,068 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Housing Authorities that serve Kansas City

Housing Authority Programs
Kansas City, Kansas Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher; Public Housing; Homeownership Voucher; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing; Mainstream Voucher; Public Housing Homeownership

Understanding Affordable Housing in Kansas City, Kansas

Kansas City, KS Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 59
Total Low Income Apartments 4,947
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 3,541
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 42.15%
Average Renter Household Size 2.63
Total Population 148,855
Housing Units 54,629
Average Household Size 2.70
Median Household Income $38,749 ±$969
Median Rent $779 ±$17
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.03% ± 2.25pp

Population and Household Demographics

Kansas City is a City in Wyandotte County, Kansas with a population of 148,855. There are 54,629 households in the city with an average household size of 2.70 persons. 42.15% of households in Kansas City are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Kansas City

The median gross income for households in Kansas City is $38,749 a year, or $3,229 a month. The median rent for the city is $779 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Kansas City, a household making less than $2,597 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.03% of households who rent are overburdened in Kansas City.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 2.25 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Kansas City

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 Kansas City, the AMI is calculated from all households within Wyandotte County.

In Kansas City, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $80,000

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 Kansas City

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 Kansas City HUD Rental Assistance in Kansas City

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,800 $19,200 $21,600 $25,100 $29,420 $33,740 $38,060 $42,380
50% of Median $28,000 $32,000 $36,000 $40,000 $43,200 $46,400 $49,600 $52,800
80% of Median $44,800 $51,200 $57,600 $64,000 $69,150 $74,250 $79,400 $84,500

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Kansas City

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

From 1992 to 2011, 29 low income apartment communities containing 2,001 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Kansas City by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Kansas City by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

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 Kansas City

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $28,000 $32,000 $36,000 $40,000 $43,200 $46,400 $49,600 $52,800
HERA 50% $28,250 $32,300 $36,350 $40,350 $43,600 $46,850 $50,050 $53,300
60% of Median $33,600 $38,400 $43,200 $48,000 $51,840 $55,680 $59,520 $63,360
HERA 60% $33,900 $38,760 $43,620 $48,420 $52,320 $56,220 $60,060 $63,960

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 Kansas City is $43,200 a year, or $3,600 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,600 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,080 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% $700 $750 $900 $1,040 $1,160 $1,280
60% $840 $900 $1,080 $1,248 $1,392 $1,536
Fair Market Rents in Kansas City

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
$640 $786 $953 $1,286 $1,457