Affordable Housing In Topeka
Shawnee County, Kansas

67 Low Income Apartment Communities In Topeka

Landmark Plaza

1000 S Kansas Ave
Topeka, Kansas
Call For Rent
1 BR

Ybarra Place

2515 SE Legacy Ln
Topeka, Kansas
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Echo Ridge

2010 SE California Ave
Topeka, Kansas
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Knightsbridge Apartments

501 SW Franklin Ave
Topeka, Kansas
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized

Paradise Plaza I

1110 SE Powell St
Topeka, Kansas
$518-598
2-3 BR

Paradise Plaza II

1110 SE Powell St
Topeka, Kansas
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Wesparke Village

3500 SW. Wesparke Ln
Topeka, Kansas
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Tennessee Town l & ll

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

Glenn Oaks

1243 SW Western Ave
Topeka, Kansas
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR

Luther Place II

4900 SW Huntoon St
Topeka, Kansas
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Topeka, Kansas

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Topeka, Kansas

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Topeka, Kansas

There are 67 low income housing apartment communities offering 5,633 affordable apartments for rent in Topeka, Kansas.

Income Based Apartments in Topeka, Kansas

Topeka features 2,135 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 Topeka, Kansas

There are 3,498 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Topeka.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Topeka, Kansas

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Topeka, Kansas for a two-bedroom apartment is between $760 and $928.

2022 Topeka, 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
Topeka, Kansas Fair Market Rent $638 $643 $844 $1,075 $1,275
Topeka, Kansas Payment Standard Range $574 to $702 $579 to $707 $760 to $928 $968 to $1,183 $1,148 to $1,403

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Topeka, KS Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 67
Total Low Income Apartments 5,633
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 2,135
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 43.63%
Average Renter Household Size 2.21
Average Household Size 2.34
Median Household Income $42,250 ±$1,266
Median Rent $721 ±$12
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 47.21% ± 2.4pp
Total Population 127,672

Population and Household Demographics

Topeka is a city in Shawnee County, Kansas with a population of 127,672. There are 52,711 households in the city with an average household size of 2.34 persons. 43.63% of households in Topeka are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Topeka

The median gross income for households in Topeka is $42,250 a year, or $3,521 a month. The median rent for the city is $721 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Topeka, a household making less than $2,403 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 47.21% of households who rent are overburdened in Topeka.

Area Median Income In Topeka

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 Topeka, the AMI is calculated from all households within Shawnee County.

In Topeka, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $82,700

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 Topeka

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 Topeka

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Topeka AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$17,400 $19,850 $23,030 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Topeka AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$28,950 $33,100 $37,250 $41,350 $44,700 $48,000 $51,300 $54,600
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Topeka AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$46,350 $52,950 $59,550 $66,150 $71,450 $76,750 $82,050 $87,350