Affordable Housing In Aroostook County
Maine

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There are 64 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 3,192 affordable apartments for rent in Aroostook County, Maine. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 2,216 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 404 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Aroostook County. There are 2,445 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Aroostook County is the Maine State Housing Authority.

The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that are located in, but may not directly serve, Aroostook County are the Van Buren Housing Authority, Fort Fairfield Housing Authority, Presque Isle Housing Authority and Caribou Housing Agency.

Affordable Apartments in Aroostook County

73 Military St
Houlton, Maine
Ricker Plaza is a 41 unit low income housing apartment community in Houlton.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
5 Columbus Ave
Caribou, Maine
Supervised Independent Living Apartments is a 10 unit low income housing apartment community in Caribou.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units
521 Albert St
Madawaska, Maine
Hillside Apartments is a 32 unit low income housing apartment community in Madawaska.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Senior (62+) Accessible Units
712 Main St
Caribou, Maine
Townview Estates is a 22 unit low income housing apartment community in Caribou.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
155 25th Ave
Madawaska, Maine
Townhouse Properties is a 6 unit low income housing apartment community in Madawaska.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance

Housing Authorities that serve Aroostook County

The Maine State Housing Authority is a Section 8 public housing agency in Augusta, Maine.

Other Housing Authorities located in Aroostook County

The Van Buren Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Van Buren, Maine.

The Fort Fairfield Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Fort Fairfield, Maine.

The Presque Isle Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Presque Isle, Maine.

The Caribou Housing Agency is a Section 8 public housing agency in Caribou, Maine.

Understanding Affordable Housing in Aroostook County, Maine

Aroostook County, ME Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 64
Total Low Income Apartments 3,192
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 2,216
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 29.34%
Average Renter Household Size 1.92
Total Population 70,005
Housing Units 30,355
Average Household Size 2.24
Median Household Income $36,923 ±$893
Median Rent $547 ±$17
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 44.64% ± 3.35pp

Population and Household Demographics

Aroostook County is a County in Maine with a population of 70,005. There are 30,355 households in the county with an average household size of 2.24 persons. 29.34% of households in Aroostook County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Aroostook County

The median gross income for households in Aroostook County is $36,923 a year, or $3,077 a month. The median rent for the county is $547 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Aroostook County, a household making less than $1,823 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 44.64% of households who rent are overburdened in Aroostook County.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2014 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 3.35 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Aroostook County

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.

In Aroostook County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $45,200

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 Aroostook County

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.

Aroostook County HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% $12,060 $16,240 $20,420 $24,600 $28,780 $32,450 $34,700 $36,900
50% $19,600 $22,400 $25,200 $27,950 $30,200 $32,450 $34,700 $36,900
80% $31,300 $35,800 $40,250 $44,700 $48,300 $51,900 $55,450 $59,050

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Aroostook County

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1987 to 2010, 20 low income apartment communities containing 499 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Aroostook County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Aroostook County by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

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.

Aroostook County Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% $19,600 $22,400 $25,200 $27,950 $30,200 $32,450 $34,700 $36,900
HERA 50% $21,000 $24,000 $27,000 $30,000 $32,400 $34,800 $37,200 $39,600
60% $23,520 $26,880 $30,240 $33,540 $36,240 $38,940 $41,640 $44,280
HERA 60% $25,200 $28,800 $32,400 $36,000 $38,880 $41,760 $44,640 $47,520

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 Aroostook County is $30,240 a year, or $2,520 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,520 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $756 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 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 1 Bed 5 Bed
50% $490 $525 $630 $727 $811 $895
60% $588 $630 $756 $872 $974 $1,074
Fair Market Rents in Aroostook County

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.

2017 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$533 $584 $681 $877 $950

Cities In Aroostook County

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Allagash 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Allagash is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Amity 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Amity is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Ashland 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Ashland is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Bancroft 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bancroft is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Blaine 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Blaine is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Bridgewater 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bridgewater is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Caribou 10 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Caribou are the Caribou Housing Agency and Maine State Housing Authority.
Cary plantation 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cary plantation is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Castle Hill 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Castle Hill is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Caswell 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Caswell is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Central Aroostook UT 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Central Aroostook UT is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Chapman 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Chapman is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Connor UT 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Connor UT is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Crystal 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Crystal is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Cyr plantation 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cyr plantation is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Dyer Brook 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Dyer Brook is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Eagle Lake 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Eagle Lake is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Easton 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Easton is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Fort Fairfield 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Fort Fairfield are the Fort Fairfield Housing Authority and Maine State Housing Authority.
Fort Kent 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fort Kent is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Frenchville 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Frenchville is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Garfield plantation 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Garfield plantation is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Glenwood plantation 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Glenwood plantation is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Grand Isle 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Grand Isle is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Hamlin 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hamlin is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Hammond 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hammond is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Haynesville 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Haynesville is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Hersey 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hersey is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Hodgdon 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hodgdon is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Houlton 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Houlton is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Indian Island 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Indian Island is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Island Falls 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Island Falls is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Limestone 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Limestone is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Linneus 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Linneus is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Littleton 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Littleton is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Ludlow 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Ludlow is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Macwahoc plantation 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Macwahoc plantation is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Madawaska 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Madawaska is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Mapleton 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mapleton is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Mars Hill 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mars Hill is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Masardis 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Masardis is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Merrill 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Merrill is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Monticello 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Monticello is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Moro plantation 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Moro plantation is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Nashville plantation 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Nashville plantation is the Maine State Housing Authority.
New Canada 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves New Canada is the Maine State Housing Authority.
New Limerick 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves New Limerick is the Maine State Housing Authority.
New Sweden 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves New Sweden is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Northwest Aroostook UT 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Northwest Aroostook UT is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Oakfield 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Oakfield is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Orient 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Orient is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Oxbow plantation 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Oxbow plantation is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Penobscot Indian Island Reservation 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Penobscot Indian Island Reservation is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Perham 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Perham is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Portage Lake 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Portage Lake is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Presque Isle 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Presque Isle are the Presque Isle Housing Authority and Maine State Housing Authority.
Reed plantation 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Reed plantation is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Sherman 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sherman is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Smyrna 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Smyrna is the Maine State Housing Authority.
South Aroostook UT 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves South Aroostook UT is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Square Lake UT 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Square Lake UT is the Maine State Housing Authority.
St Agatha 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves St Agatha is the Maine State Housing Authority.
St Francis 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves St Francis is the Maine State Housing Authority.
St John Plantation 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves St John Plantation is the Maine State Housing Authority.
St. Agatha 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves St. Agatha is the Maine State Housing Authority.
St. Francis 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves St. Francis is the Maine State Housing Authority.
St. John plantation 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves St. John plantation is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Stockholm 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Stockholm is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Van Buren 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Van Buren are the Van Buren Housing Authority and Maine State Housing Authority.
Wade 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Wade is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Wallagrass 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Wallagrass is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Washburn 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Washburn is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Westfield 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Westfield is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Westmanland 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Westmanland is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Weston 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Weston is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Winterville plantation 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Winterville plantation is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Woodland 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Woodland is the Maine State Housing Authority.