Affordable Housing In Guilford
Piscataquis County,Maine

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There are 4 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 256 affordable apartments for rent in Guilford, Maine. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 192 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 0 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Guilford. There are 256 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 Guilford is the Maine State Housing Authority.

Affordable Apartments in Guilford

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121 Water St
Guilford, Maine
Covered Bridge Apartments is a 30 unit low income housing apartment community in Guilford.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Guilford.
Section 515 Rural Rental Housing
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Hudson Ave
Guilford, Maine
Guilford Family Housing Projec is a 24 unit low income housing apartment community in Guilford.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Guilford.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
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RR 15
Guilford, Maine
Covered Bridge Apartments is a 10 unit low income housing apartment community in Guilford.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Guilford.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
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99 Riverbend Dr
Guilford, Maine
Riverbend Apartments is a 192 unit low income housing apartment community in Guilford.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 515 Rural Rental Housing
Rural Development Rental Assistance
Project Based Rental Assistance
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Housing Authorities that serve Guilford

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

Understanding Affordable Housing in Guilford, Maine

Guilford, ME Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties4
Total Low Income Apartments256
Total Rent Assisted Apartments192
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters49.2%
Average Renter Household Size2.47
Total Population1,031
Housing Units435
Average Household Size2.37
Median Household Income$31,550 ±$5,698
Median Rent$637 ±$166
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened43.46% ± 16.11pp

Population and Household Demographics

Guilford is a City in Piscataquis County, Maine with a population of 1,031. There are 435 households in the city with an average household size of 2.37 persons. 49.2% of households in Guilford are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Guilford

The median gross income for households in Guilford is $31,550 a year, or $2,629 a month. The median rent for the city is $637 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Guilford, a household making less than $2,123 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent.43.46% of households who rent are overburdened in Guilford.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 16.11 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Guilford

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 Guilford, the AMI is calculated from all households within Piscataquis County.

In Guilford, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $48,200

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 Guilford

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.

Guilford HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 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 Guilford

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

From 1990 to 1996, 2 low income apartment communities containing 34 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Guilford by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Guilford 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.

Guilford Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
50%$19,600$22,400$25,200$27,950$30,200$32,450$34,700$36,900
HERA 50%$19,950$22,800$25,650$28,500$30,800$33,100$35,350$37,650
60%$23,520$26,880$30,240$33,540$36,240$38,940$41,640$44,280
HERA 60%$23,940$27,360$30,780$34,200$36,960$39,720$42,420$45,180

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 Guilford 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 AMIStudio2 Bed3 Bed4 Bed1 Bed5 Bed
50%$490$525$630$727$811$895
60%$588$630$756$872$974$1,074
Fair Market Rents in Guilford

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
StudioOne BRTwo BRThree BRFour BR
$541$590$681$991$1,023