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Affordable Housing In Smith Center
Smith County, Kansas

3 Low Income Apartment Communities In Smith Center

Western Plains Village

501 W 3rd St
Smith Center, Kansas

White Rock Apartments

313 White Rock Rd
Smith Center, Kansas
Elderly Supportive Housing

Centerview Place

309 Roger Barta Way
Smith Center, Kansas
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Guide To Affordable Housing in Smith Center, Kansas

There are 3 low income housing apartment communities offering 62 affordable apartments for rent in Smith Center, Kansas.

Income Based Apartments in Smith Center, Kansas

Smith Center features 52 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 Smith Center, Kansas

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

Housing Choice Vouchers in Smith Center, Kansas

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Smith Center landlords $0 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $0 towards rent in Smith Center.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Smith Center, Kansas for a two-bedroom apartment is between $643 and $785.

2020 Smith Center, 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 $524 $608 $714 $961 $1,039
Payment Standard Range $472 to $576 $547 to $669 $643 to $785 $865 to $1,057 $935 to $1,143

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Smith Center, KS Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 62
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 52
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 19.97%
Average Renter Household Size 1.88
Average Household Size 2.07
Median Household Income $37,586 ±$3,104
Median Rent $435 ±$68
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 27.89% ± 14.37pp
Total Population 1,558

Population and Household Demographics

Smith Center is a city in Smith County, Kansas with a population of 1,558. There are 736 households in the city with an average household size of 2.07 persons. 19.97% of households in Smith Center are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Smith Center

The median gross income for households in Smith Center is $37,586 a year, or $3,132 a month. The median rent for the city is $435 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Smith Center, a household making less than $1,450 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 27.89% of households who rent are overburdened in Smith Center.

Area Median Income In Smith Center

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 Smith Center, the AMI is calculated from all households within Smith County.

In Smith Center, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $60,600

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 Smith Center

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 Smith Center

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $13,600 $17,240 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $42,650
50% of Median $22,650 $25,850 $29,100 $32,300 $34,900 $37,500 $40,100 $42,650
80% of Median $36,200 $41,400 $46,550 $51,700 $55,850 $60,000 $64,150 $68,250