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Affordable Housing In Merriam
Johnson County, Kansas

4 Low Income Apartment Communities In Merriam

Sunflower Apartments

10200 W 62nd Street
Merriam, Kansas

Overbrook Hills

5155 Farley Ln
Merriam, Kansas

Switzer Valley 4 - Plexs

4709 Switzer St
Merriam, Kansas

Batcliffe Manor

9633 W 51st St
Merriam, Kansas
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Housing Authorities that serve Merriam

Housing Authority Programs
Johnson County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Merriam, Kansas

There are 4 low income housing apartment communities offering 188 affordable apartments for rent in Merriam, Kansas.

Income Based Apartments in Merriam, Kansas

Merriam features 178 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 Merriam, Kansas

There are 10 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Merriam.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Merriam, Kansas

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Merriam landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Merriam.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Merriam, Kansas for a two-bedroom apartment is between $880 and $1,076.

2020 Merriam, 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
Fair Market Rent $678 $813 $978 $1,314 $1,490
Payment Standard Range $610 to $746 $732 to $894 $880 to $1,076 $1,183 to $1,445 $1,341 to $1,639

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Merriam, KS Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 4
Total Low Income Apartments 188
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 178
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 43.18%
Average Renter Household Size 1.78
Average Household Size 2.21
Median Household Income $56,914 ±$4,723
Median Rent $833 ±$20
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 32.46% ± 7.09pp
Total Population 11,232

Population and Household Demographics

Merriam is a city in Johnson County, Kansas with a population of 11,232. There are 5,016 households in the city with an average household size of 2.21 persons. 43.18% of households in Merriam are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Merriam

The median gross income for households in Merriam is $56,914 a year, or $4,743 a month. The median rent for the city is $833 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Merriam, a household making less than $2,777 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 32.46% of households who rent are overburdened in Merriam.

Area Median Income In Merriam

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 Merriam, the AMI is calculated from all households within Johnson County.

In Merriam, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $86,000

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 Merriam

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 Merriam

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $18,100 $20,650 $23,250 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $30,100 $34,400 $38,700 $43,000 $46,450 $49,900 $53,350 $56,800
80% of Median $48,200 $55,050 $61,950 $68,800 $74,350 $79,850 $85,350 $90,850