Affordable Housing In Oberlin
Decatur County, Kansas

4 Low Income Apartment Communities In Oberlin

Sappa Valley Manor

206 N Elk Ave
Oberlin, KS
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1-3 BR

Sappa Valley Manor

202 N Elk Ave
Oberlin, KS
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1-3 BR
Subsidized

First Oberlin Rentals

402 N Martin Ave
Oberlin, KS
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Parkview Apartments

311 N Garfield Ave
Oberlin, KS
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There are 4 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 87 affordable apartments for rent in Oberlin. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 47 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Oberlin, HUD housing programs support 17 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 40 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Oberlin

Housing Authority Programs
Oberlin Housing Authority Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Oberlin, Kansas

Oberlin, KS Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 4
Total Low Income Apartments 87
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 47
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 25.16%
Average Renter Household Size 1.64
Total Population 1,890
Housing Units 958
Average Household Size 1.88
Median Household Income $36,417 ±$2,764
Median Rent $547 ±$68
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 59.75% ± 18.13pp

Population and Household Demographics

Oberlin is a City in Decatur County, Kansas with a population of 1,890. There are 958 households in the city with an average household size of 1.88 persons. 25.16% of households in Oberlin are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Oberlin

The median gross income for households in Oberlin is $36,417 a year, or $3,035 a month. The median rent for the city is $547 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Oberlin, a household making less than $1,823 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 59.75% of households who rent are overburdened in Oberlin.1

Area Median Income In Oberlin

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 Oberlin, the AMI is calculated from all households within Decatur County.

In Oberlin, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $59,200

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 Oberlin

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 Oberlin HUD Rental Assistance in Oberlin

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $12,950 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $38,150 $40,600
50% of Median $21,550 $24,600 $27,700 $30,750 $33,250 $35,700 $38,150 $40,600
80% of Median $34,450 $39,400 $44,300 $49,200 $53,150 $57,100 $61,050 $64,950
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Oberlin

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

From 2000 to 2006, 2 low income apartment communities containing 28 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Oberlin 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 Oberlin

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $21,550 $24,600 $27,700 $30,750 $33,250 $35,700 $38,150 $40,600
60% of Median $25,860 $29,520 $33,240 $36,900 $39,900 $42,840 $45,780 $48,720

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 Oberlin is $33,240 a year, or $2,770 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,770 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $831 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% $539 $577 $693 $800 $893 $984
60% $647 $692 $831 $960 $1,071 $1,181
Fair Market Rents in Oberlin

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
$490 $508 $672 $925 $979