Affordable Housing In Rice County
Kansas

10 Low Income Apartment Communities In Rice County

Ark River North

439 N. 5th, 206 S. 3rd & 609 N. 6th
Sterling, KS
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Tumbleweed Apartments

727 Tumbleweed Ct
Lyons, KS
Subsidized

Sunset Apartments

520 State St
Little River, KS

Golden Plains Apartments

402 Main St
Geneseo, KS

Aurora Apartments

102 Sunderland
Chase, KS

Park Place

215 S Bell Ave
Lyons, KS

Howard L. Miller Sterling Apar

601 E Washington Ave
Sterling, KS
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Sterling Pha

220 N 3rd St
Sterling, KS

Little River Townhomes

125 W Prairie Ave
Little River, KS
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Lyons Townhomes

610 W Noble St
Lyons, KS
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There are 10 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 220 affordable apartments for rent in Rice County. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 154 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Rice County, HUD housing programs support 16 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 66 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Other Housing Authorities located in Rice County

Housing Authority Programs
Lyons Housing Authority Public Housing
Sterling Housing Authority Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Rice County, Kansas

Rice County, KS Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 10
Total Low Income Apartments 220
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 154
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 24.99%
Average Renter Household Size 2.38
Total Population 10,014
Housing Units 3,881
Average Household Size 2.42
Median Household Income $48,460 ±$3,795
Median Rent $516 ±$30
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 31.65% ± 7.88pp

Population and Household Demographics

Rice County is a County in Kansas with a population of 10,014. There are 3,881 households in the county with an average household size of 2.42 persons. 24.99% of households in Rice County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Rice County

The median gross income for households in Rice County is $48,460 a year, or $4,038 a month. The median rent for the county is $516 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Rice County, a household making less than $1,720 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 31.65% of households who rent are overburdened in Rice County.1

Area Median Income In Rice County

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.

In Rice County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $66,200

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 Rice County

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 Rice County HUD Rental Assistance in Rice County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $13,900 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $23,200 $26,500 $29,800 $33,100 $35,750 $38,400 $41,050 $43,700
80% of Median $37,100 $42,400 $47,700 $52,950 $57,200 $61,450 $65,700 $69,900
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Rice County

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

From 1988 to 2001, 3 low income apartment communities containing 30 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Rice County 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 Rice County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $23,200 $26,500 $29,800 $33,100 $35,750 $38,400 $41,050 $43,700
60% of Median $27,840 $31,800 $35,760 $39,720 $42,900 $46,080 $49,260 $52,440

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 Rice County is $35,760 a year, or $2,980 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,980 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $894 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% $580 $621 $745 $861 $960 $1,059
60% $696 $746 $894 $1,033 $1,152 $1,271
Fair Market Rents in Rice County

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 $517 $672 $896 $1,084

Cities In Rice County

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City Listings Served By
Geneseo 1
Lyons 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lyons is the Lyons Housing Authority.
Sterling 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sterling is the Sterling Housing Authority.
Little River 2
Bushton 0
Alden 0
Chase 1
Frederick 0
Raymond 0