Affordable Housing In Lancaster
Garrard County, Kentucky

3 Low Income Apartment Communities In Lancaster

Lancaster Estates

220 Marksbury Ave
Lancaster, KY
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome
Subsidized

Village Square Apartments

202 Doty Ln
Lancaster, KY
Subsidized

Kengarlan S - D

107 Kinnaird Ave
Lancaster, KY
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There are 3 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 169 affordable apartments for rent in Lancaster. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 169 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Lancaster, HUD housing programs support 107 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 0 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Lancaster

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of Lancaster Public Housing
Kentucky Housing Corporation Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Lancaster, Kentucky

Lancaster, KY Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 169
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 169
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 47.27%
Average Renter Household Size 2.62
Total Population 3,814
Housing Units 1,466
Average Household Size 2.53
Median Household Income $29,542 ±$3,522
Median Rent $584 ±$21
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.06% ± 12.43pp

Population and Household Demographics

Lancaster is a City in Garrard County, Kentucky with a population of 3,814. There are 1,466 households in the city with an average household size of 2.53 persons. 47.27% of households in Lancaster are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Lancaster

The median gross income for households in Lancaster is $29,542 a year, or $2,462 a month. The median rent for the city is $584 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Lancaster, a household making less than $1,947 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.06% of households who rent are overburdened in Lancaster.1

Area Median Income In Lancaster

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 Lancaster, the AMI is calculated from all households within Garrard County.

In Lancaster, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $59,700

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 Lancaster

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 Lancaster HUD Rental Assistance in Lancaster

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $12,550 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $37,050 $39,450
50% of Median $20,900 $23,900 $26,900 $29,850 $32,250 $34,650 $37,050 $39,450
80% of Median $33,450 $38,200 $43,000 $47,750 $51,600 $55,400 $59,250 $63,050

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 Lancaster

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $20,900 $23,900 $26,900 $29,850 $32,250 $34,650 $37,050 $39,450
60% of Median $25,080 $28,680 $32,280 $35,820 $38,700 $41,580 $44,460 $47,340

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 Lancaster is $32,280 a year, or $2,690 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,690 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $807 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% $523 $560 $673 $776 $866 $956
60% $627 $672 $807 $932 $1,040 $1,148
Fair Market Rents in Lancaster

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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$474 $523 $662 $829 $1,006