Affordable Housing In Lawrence
Douglas County, Kansas

15 Low Income Apartment Communities In Lawrence

LCHT Accessible Housing - West Lawrence

2222 Yale Rd
Lawrence, Kansas

Bethel Estates of Lawrence

2140 E 25th Terrace
Lawrence, Kansas

Vermont Towers

1101 Vermont Street
Lawrence, Kansas

LCHT Accessible Housing - East Lawrence

1405 E 21st Ter
Lawrence, Kansas

Pine Tree Th Coop I

149 Pinecone Dr
Lawrence, Kansas

Prairie Ridge Place

2424 Melrose Ln
Lawrence, Kansas

Cottonwood Estates II

110 Michigan St
Lawrence, Kansas
Elderly Supportive Housing

Cottonwood Estates I

2900 W 23rd Ter
Lawrence, Kansas
Elderly Supportive Housing

Clinton Parkway

2125 Clinton Pkwy
Lawrence, Kansas

Poehler Lofts

619 E 8th St
Lawrence, Kansas

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Lawrence, Kansas

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Lawrence, Kansas

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 Lawrence, Kansas

There are 15 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,145 affordable apartments for rent in Lawrence, Kansas.

Income Based Apartments in Lawrence, Kansas

Lawrence features 701 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 Lawrence, Kansas

There are 444 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Lawrence.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Lawrence, Kansas

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Lawrence landlords $400 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Lawrence.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Lawrence, Kansas for a two-bedroom apartment is between $843 and $1,031.

2022 Lawrence, 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
Lawrence, Kansas Fair Market Rent $702 $753 $937 $1,331 $1,565
Lawrence, Kansas Payment Standard Range $632 to $772 $678 to $828 $843 to $1,031 $1,198 to $1,464 $1,409 to $1,722

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Lawrence, KS Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 15
Total Low Income Apartments 1,145
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 701
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 54.08%
Average Renter Household Size 2.25
Average Household Size 2.38
Median Household Income $46,406 ±$1,658
Median Rent $852 ±$23
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 52.33% ± 3.52pp
Total Population 91,305

Population and Household Demographics

Lawrence is a city in Douglas County, Kansas with a population of 91,305. There are 34,913 households in the city with an average household size of 2.38 persons. 54.08% of households in Lawrence are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Lawrence

The median gross income for households in Lawrence is $46,406 a year, or $3,867 a month. The median rent for the city is $852 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Lawrence, a household making less than $2,840 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 52.33% of households who rent are overburdened in Lawrence.

Area Median Income In Lawrence

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 Lawrence, the AMI is calculated from all households within Douglas County.

In Lawrence, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $84,500

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 Lawrence

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 Lawrence

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Lawrence AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$17,750 $20,300 $22,850 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Lawrence AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$29,600 $33,800 $38,050 $42,250 $45,650 $49,050 $52,400 $55,800
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Lawrence AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$47,350 $54,100 $60,850 $67,600 $73,050 $78,450 $83,850 $89,250