Affordable Housing In Topeka
Shawnee County, Kansas


Waiting List Openings In Topeka

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Topeka Housing Authority Public Housing Open Now

66 Low Income Apartment Communities In Topeka

Topeka City Homes

511 SW Jackson St
Topeka, KS
HCV Welcome

Valley Place Apartments

440 SE Arter Ave
Topeka, KS
HCV Welcome

Monterey Apartments

1015 SW Garfield Ave
Topeka, KS
HCV Welcome

Oakwood Manor

825 SW Lane St
Topeka, KS
HCV Welcome

Cottages of Topeka

620 NW Lyman Rd
Topeka, KS
HCV Welcome

Pioneer Olde Town

705 SW Polk St
Topeka, KS
HCV Welcome

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 5,547 affordable apartments for rent in Topeka, Kansas. Topeka features 2,120 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 3,427 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Topeka.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Topeka, KS Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 66
Total Low Income Apartments 5,547
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 2,120
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.1

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 $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 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 Topeka 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 $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 Topeka

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, 44 low income apartment communities containing 2,931 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Topeka 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 Topeka

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 Topeka 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 Topeka

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