Affordable Housing In Ellsworth
Hancock County, Maine

7 Low Income Apartment Communities In Ellsworth

Oriole Way Apartments

63 Washington Street
Ellsworth, Maine
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1-3 BR

The Meadows

21 Edgewood Way
Ellsworth, Maine
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1-2 BR

Straw Way Family Housing

10 Straw Way
Ellsworth, Maine

Union River Estates

430 Water Street
Ellsworth, Maine

Meadow View Apartments

25 Tweedie Ln
Ellsworth, Maine

River View Apts

34 Main St
Ellsworth, Maine

Eastland Park

11 Eastland Park Way
Ellsworth, Maine
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Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Ellsworth, Maine

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Ellsworth, Maine

Housing Authority Programs
Ellsworth Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Maine State Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Ellsworth, Maine

There are 7 low income housing apartment communities offering 811 affordable apartments for rent in Ellsworth, Maine.

Income Based Apartments in Ellsworth, Maine

Ellsworth features 700 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 Ellsworth, Maine

There are 111 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Ellsworth.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Ellsworth, Maine

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Ellsworth landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Ellsworth.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Ellsworth, Maine for a two-bedroom apartment is between $932 and $1,140.

2023 Ellsworth, 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
Ellsworth, Maine Fair Market Rent $877 $882 $1,036 $1,383 $1,392
Ellsworth, Maine Payment Standard Range $789 to $965 $794 to $970 $932 to $1,140 $1,245 to $1,521 $1,253 to $1,531

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Ellsworth, ME Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 7
Total Low Income Apartments 811
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 700
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 36.02%
Average Renter Household Size 1.94
Average Household Size 2.15
Median Household Income $44,556 ±$6,938
Median Rent $702 ±$54
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 59.42% ± 11.45pp
Total Population 7,832

Population and Household Demographics

Ellsworth is a city in Hancock County, Maine with a population of 7,832. There are 3,523 households in the city with an average household size of 2.15 persons. 36.02% of households in Ellsworth are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Ellsworth

The median gross income for households in Ellsworth is $44,556 a year, or $3,713 a month. The median rent for the city is $702 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Ellsworth, a household making less than $2,340 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 59.42% of households who rent are overburdened in Ellsworth.

Area Median Income In Ellsworth

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 Ellsworth, the AMI is calculated from all households within Hancock County.

In Ellsworth, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $80,800

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 Ellsworth

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 Ellsworth

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Ellsworth AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$16,900 $19,300 $23,030 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Ellsworth AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$28,150 $32,150 $36,150 $40,150 $43,400 $46,600 $49,800 $53,000
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Ellsworth AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$45,000 $51,400 $57,850 $64,250 $69,400 $74,550 $79,700 $84,850