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Affordable Housing In Brewer
Penobscot County, Maine

5 Low Income Apartment Communities In Brewer

Village Centre Family Apartments

266 Center St
Brewer, Maine
Income Based
1-3 BR

Somerset Place

5 Somerset St
Brewer, Maine
Income Based
1 BR

The Heritage Development & E. Charles Dartnell Apartments

10 Colonial Cir
Brewer, Maine
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Ellen Leach Memorial Home

1 Taylor Dr
Brewer, Maine

Dirigo School

125 S Main St
Brewer, Maine
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Housing Authorities that serve Brewer

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of Brewer Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Maine State Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Brewer, Maine

There are 5 low income housing apartment communities offering 196 affordable apartments for rent in Brewer, Maine.

Income Based Apartments in Brewer, Maine

Brewer features 8 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 Brewer, Maine

There are 106 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Brewer.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Brewer, Maine

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Brewer landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Brewer.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Brewer, Maine for a two-bedroom apartment is between $849 and $1,037.

2020 Brewer, Maine 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 $637 $743 $943 $1,175 $1,631
Payment Standard Range $573 to $701 $669 to $817 $849 to $1,037 $1,058 to $1,293 $1,468 to $1,794

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Brewer, ME Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 5
Total Low Income Apartments 196
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 8
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 38.16%
Average Renter Household Size 2.06
Average Household Size 2.34
Median Household Income $51,944 ±$4,964
Median Rent $779 ±$54
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 53.14% ± 9.68pp
Total Population 9,341

Population and Household Demographics

Brewer is a city in Penobscot County, Maine with a population of 9,341. There are 3,920 households in the city with an average household size of 2.34 persons. 38.16% of households in Brewer are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Brewer

The median gross income for households in Brewer is $51,944 a year, or $4,329 a month. The median rent for the city is $779 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Brewer, a household making less than $2,597 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 53.14% of households who rent are overburdened in Brewer.

Area Median Income In Brewer

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 Brewer, the AMI is calculated from all households within Penobscot County.

In Brewer, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $57,400

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 Brewer

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 Brewer

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,150 $17,240 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $23,600 $26,950 $30,300 $33,650 $36,350 $39,050 $41,750 $44,450
80% of Median $37,700 $43,100 $48,500 $53,850 $58,200 $62,500 $66,800 $71,100