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Affordable Housing In Topeka
Shawnee County, Kansas

66 Low Income Apartment Communities In Topeka

Topeka City Homes

511 SW Jackson St
Topeka, Kansas
Accepts Vouchers

Valley Place Apartments

440 SE Arter Ave
Topeka, Kansas
Accepts Vouchers

Monterey Apartments

1015 SW Garfield Ave
Topeka, Kansas
Accepts Vouchers

Oakwood Manor

825 SW Lane St
Topeka, Kansas
Accepts Vouchers

Cottages of Topeka

620 NW Lyman Rd
Topeka, Kansas
Accepts Vouchers

Pioneer Olde Town

705 SW Polk St
Topeka, Kansas
Accepts Vouchers

Housing Authorities that serve Topeka

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Topeka, Kansas

There are 66 low income housing apartment communities offering 5,562 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 3,427 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 $709 and $867.

2020 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
Fair Market Rent $590 $598 $788 $1,020 $1,211
Payment Standard Range $531 to $649 $538 to $658 $709 to $867 $918 to $1,122 $1,090 to $1,332

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Topeka, KS Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 66
Total Low Income Apartments 5,562
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 $77,700

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

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,350 $18,650 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $27,200 $31,100 $35,000 $38,850 $42,000 $45,100 $48,200 $51,300
80% of Median $43,550 $49,750 $55,950 $62,150 $67,150 $72,100 $77,100 $82,050