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Affordable Housing In Lexington
Fayette County, Kentucky

82 Low Income Apartment Communities In Lexington

12th Street Hope VI Apartments

216 Twelfth St
Lexington, Kentucky
Accepts Vouchers

Sugar Mill Hope VI Apartments

1814 Versailles Rd
Lexington, Kentucky
Accepts Vouchers

Housing Authorities that serve Lexington

Housing Authority Programs
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Homeownership Voucher; Moving to Work

Guide To Affordable Housing in Lexington, Kentucky

There are 82 low income housing apartment communities offering 5,555 affordable apartments for rent in Lexington, Kentucky.

Income Based Apartments in Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington features 3,625 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 Lexington, Kentucky

There are 1,876 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Lexington.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Lexington, Kentucky

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Lexington landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Lexington.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Lexington, Kentucky for a two-bedroom apartment is between $772 and $944.

2020 Lexington, Kentucky 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 $597 $678 $858 $1,189 $1,496
Payment Standard Range $537 to $657 $610 to $746 $772 to $944 $1,070 to $1,308 $1,346 to $1,646

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Lexington, KY Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 82
Total Low Income Apartments 5,555
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 3,625
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 45.77%
Average Renter Household Size 2.22
Average Household Size 2.35
Median Household Income $49,778 ±$810
Median Rent $778 ±$11
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 47.06% ± 1.58pp
Total Population 308,306

Population and Household Demographics

Lexington is a city in Fayette County, Kentucky with a population of 308,306. There are 125,752 households in the city with an average household size of 2.35 persons. 45.77% of households in Lexington are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Lexington

The median gross income for households in Lexington is $49,778 a year, or $4,148 a month. The median rent for the city is $778 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Lexington, a household making less than $2,593 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 47.06% of households who rent are overburdened in Lexington.

Area Median Income In Lexington

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 Lexington, the AMI is calculated from all households within Fayette County.

In Lexington, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $79,400

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 Lexington

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 Lexington

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,700 $19,050 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $27,800 $31,800 $35,750 $39,700 $42,900 $46,100 $49,250 $52,450
80% of Median $44,450 $50,800 $57,150 $63,500 $68,600 $73,700 $78,750 $83,850