Affordable Housing In Kansas City
Wyandotte County, Kansas

59 Low Income Apartment Communities In Kansas City

Westgate I

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

Simmons Senior Housing

1333 S 27th St
Kansas City, KS
$450-800
Studio-2 BR
55+
HCV Welcome

Parallel Senior Villas

6246 Parallel Pkwy
Kansas City, KS
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Booth Manor

1331 N 75th Pl
Kansas City, KS
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Crossline Towers

1021 N 7th St
Kansas City, KS
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Mosaic VII

7701 Leavenworth Rd
Kansas City, KS
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Royal Gardens Apartments

3164 N 61st Street
Kansas City, KS
Subsidized

Oakwood Gardens

3305 Wood Ave
Kansas City, KS
Subsidized

Chelsea Plaza

566 Freeman Ct
Kansas City, KS
Subsidized

Silver City Apartments

2208 Birch Dr
Kansas City, KS
Subsidized

Housing Authorities that serve Kansas City

Housing Authority Programs
Kansas City Kansas Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Homeownership Voucher; Public Housing Homeownership; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH); Mainstream Voucher

Guide To Affordable Housing in Kansas City, Kansas

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 59 low income housing apartment communities offering 4,667 affordable apartments for rent in Kansas City, Kansas. Kansas City features 3,380 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 1,287 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Kansas City.

Kansas City, KS Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 59
Total Low Income Apartments 4,667
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 3,380
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 42.15%
Average Renter Household Size 2.63
Average Household Size 2.70
Median Household Income $38,749 ±$969
Median Rent $779 ±$17
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.03% ± 2.25pp
Total Population 148,855

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

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 $82,700

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 $17,400 $19,850 $22,350 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $28,950 $33,100 $37,250 $41,350 $44,700 $48,000 $51,300 $54,600
80% of Median $46,350 $52,950 $59,550 $66,150 $71,450 $76,750 $82,050 $87,350
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, 28 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.

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 $28,950 $33,100 $37,250 $41,350 $44,700 $48,000 $51,300 $54,600
60% of Median $34,740 $39,720 $44,700 $49,620 $53,640 $57,600 $61,560 $65,520

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 $44,700 a year, or $3,725 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,725 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,118 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% $724 $776 $931 $1,076 $1,200 $1,324
60% $869 $931 $1,118 $1,291 $1,440 $1,589
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.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$678 $813 $978 $1,314 $1,490