Affordable Housing In Liberal
Seward County, Kansas

9 Low Income Apartment Communities In Liberal

Cottonwood Apartments

820 Millwood Ave
Liberal, Kansas
2-3 BR

Flor de Sol Apartments

555 E Pine St
Liberal, Kansas
2-3 BR

Liberty Place

2500 N Grant Ave
Liberal, Kansas
Disabled Supportive Housing

Southlawn Estates

1015 N Purdue Ave
Liberal, Kansas
Elderly Supportive Housing

Cottages of Liberal

2260 Sierra Dr
Liberal, Kansas

Westkan Ltd Apartments, III

104 Harold Blvd
Liberal, Kansas

Parklane - Conversion

1401 N New York Ave
Liberal, Kansas

Southlawn Manor

830 South Clay
Liberal, Kansas

Westkan Apt I

100-102 Harold Rd
Liberal, Kansas
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Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Liberal, 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 Liberal, Kansas

Housing Authority Programs
Liberal Housing Authority Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Liberal, Kansas

There are 9 low income housing apartment communities offering 654 affordable apartments for rent in Liberal, Kansas.

Income Based Apartments in Liberal, Kansas

Liberal features 358 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 Liberal, Kansas

There are 296 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Liberal.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Liberal, Kansas

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Liberal, Kansas for a two-bedroom apartment is between $762 and $932.

2022 Liberal, 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
Liberal, Kansas Fair Market Rent $639 $644 $847 $1,047 $1,149
Liberal, Kansas Payment Standard Range $575 to $703 $580 to $708 $762 to $932 $942 to $1,152 $1,034 to $1,264

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Liberal, KS Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 9
Total Low Income Apartments 654
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 358
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 34.54%
Average Renter Household Size 2.76
Average Household Size 3.03
Median Household Income $46,516 ±$3,394
Median Rent $665 ±$44
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 32.23% ± 7.08pp
Total Population 20,819

Population and Household Demographics

Liberal is a city in Seward County, Kansas with a population of 20,819. There are 6,719 households in the city with an average household size of 3.03 persons. 34.54% of households in Liberal are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Liberal

The median gross income for households in Liberal is $46,516 a year, or $3,876 a month. The median rent for the city is $665 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Liberal, a household making less than $2,217 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 32.23% of households who rent are overburdened in Liberal.

Area Median Income In Liberal

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 Liberal, the AMI is calculated from all households within Seward County.

In Liberal, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $56,300

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 Liberal

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 Liberal

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Liberal AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$15,300 $18,310 $23,030 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Liberal AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$25,500 $29,150 $32,800 $36,400 $39,350 $42,250 $45,150 $48,050
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Liberal AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$40,800 $46,600 $52,450 $58,250 $62,950 $67,600 $72,250 $76,900