Affordable Housing In Shawnee County

70 Low Income Apartment Communities In Shawnee County

Knightsbridge Apartments

501 SW Franklin Ave
Topeka, KS
Income Based
1 BR

Paradise Plaza I

1110 SE Powell St
Topeka, KS
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Paradise Plaza II

1110 SE Powell St
Topeka, KS
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Glenn Oaks

1243 SW Western Ave
Topeka, KS
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Luther Place II

4900 SW Huntoon St
Topeka, KS
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

Tennessee Town II

1176A SW Lincoln St
Topeka, KS
Call For Rent
1 BR

Pioneer Adams Towne Homes I & II

700 SE 21st St
Topeka, KS
1-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Luther Place I

5000 SW Huntoon St
Topeka, KS
Call For Rent
1 BR

Landmark Plaza

1000 S Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS
HCV Welcome

Wesparke Village l & ll

3617 SW Wesparke Ln
Topeka, KS
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Other Housing Authorities located in Shawnee County

Housing Authority Programs
Topeka Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Shawnee County, Kansas

According to federal housing data and research, there are 70 low income housing apartment communities offering 5,641 affordable apartments for rent in Shawnee County, Kansas. Shawnee County features 2,154 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 3,487 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Shawnee County.

Shawnee County, KS Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 70
Total Low Income Apartments 5,641
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 2,154
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 35.72%
Average Renter Household Size 2.25
Average Household Size 2.44
Median Household Income $50,378 ±$1,143
Median Rent $738 ±$13
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.6% ± 2.27pp
Total Population 178,792

Population and Household Demographics

Shawnee County is a County in Kansas with a population of 178,792. There are 71,368 households in the county with an average household size of 2.44 persons. 35.72% of households in Shawnee County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Shawnee County

The median gross income for households in Shawnee County is $50,378 a year, or $4,198 a month. The median rent for the county is $738 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Shawnee County, a household making less than $2,460 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46.6% of households who rent are overburdened in Shawnee County.1

Area Median Income In Shawnee 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 Shawnee County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $75,400

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 Shawnee 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 Shawnee County HUD Rental Assistance in Shawnee County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $15,850 $18,100 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $26,400 $30,200 $33,950 $37,700 $40,750 $43,750 $46,750 $49,800
80% of Median $42,250 $48,250 $54,300 $60,300 $65,150 $69,950 $74,800 $79,600
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Shawnee County

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

From 1987 to 2011, 47 low income apartment communities containing 2,997 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Shawnee 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 Shawnee County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $26,400 $30,200 $33,950 $37,700 $40,750 $43,750 $46,750 $49,800
60% of Median $31,680 $36,240 $40,740 $45,240 $48,900 $52,500 $56,100 $59,760

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 Shawnee County is $40,740 a year, or $3,395 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,395 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,019 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% $660 $708 $849 $981 $1,094 $1,207
60% $792 $849 $1,019 $1,177 $1,313 $1,448
Fair Market Rents in Shawnee 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.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$590 $598 $788 $1,020 $1,211

Cities In Shawnee County

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City Listings Served By
Topeka 66 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Topeka is the Topeka Housing Authority.
Rossville 1
Auburn 2
Silver Lake 1
Wakarusa 0
Willard 0