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Affordable Housing In Kennebec County
Maine

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There are 33 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 1,544 affordable apartments for rent in Kennebec County, Maine. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 1,045 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 448 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Kennebec County. There are 779 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 Kennebec County is the Maine State Housing Authority.

Affordable Apartments in Kennebec County

Image of Fort Halifax Commons
134 Halifax St
Winslow, Maine
Fort Halifax Commons is a 24 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Winslow. Rents at Fort Halifax Commons are Income Based.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8
Project Based Rental Assistance
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Image of Glenridge Gardens Apartments
82 Glenridge Drive
Augusta, Maine
Glenridge Gardens Apartments is a 120 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 2-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Augusta. Rents at Glenridge Gardens Apartments are $686-784.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Project Based Rental Assistance
Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
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3 Gray Birch Dr
Augusta, Maine
Arch Beta is a 100 unit low income housing apartment community in Augusta.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8
Project Based Rental Assistance
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2 Academy St
Hallowell, Maine
Cotton Mill is a 57 unit low income housing apartment community in Hallowell.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8
Project Based Rental Assistance
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7 Ridge Rd
Augusta, Maine
Margaret Chase Smith House is a 45 unit low income housing apartment community in Augusta.
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
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Housing Authorities that serve Kennebec County

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

Other Housing Authorities located in Kennebec County

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

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

Understanding Affordable Housing in Kennebec County, Maine

Kennebec County, ME Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties33
Total Low Income Apartments1,544
Total Rent Assisted Apartments1,045
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters29.71%
Average Renter Household Size1.98
Total Population121,112
Housing Units51,443
Average Household Size2.28
Median Household Income$46,917 ±$1,596
Median Rent$691 ±$17
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened46.95% ± 3.62pp

Population and Household Demographics

Kennebec County is a County in Maine with a population of 121,112. There are 51,443 households in the county with an average household size of 2.28 persons. 29.71% of households in Kennebec County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Kennebec County

The median gross income for households in Kennebec County is $46,917 a year, or $3,910 a month. The median rent for the county is $691 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Kennebec County, a household making less than $2,303 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent.46.95% of households who rent are overburdened in Kennebec County.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 3.62 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Kennebec 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 Kennebec County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $62,000

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 Kennebec 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.

Kennebec County HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
30%$13,050$16,240$20,420$24,600$28,780$32,960$37,140$40,950
50%$21,700$24,800$27,900$31,000$33,500$36,000$38,450$40,950
80%$34,750$39,700$44,650$49,600$53,600$57,550$61,550$65,500

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 Kennebec 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 2011, 12 low income apartment communities containing 463 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Kennebec County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

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

Kennebec County Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
50%$21,700$24,800$27,900$31,000$33,500$36,000$38,450$40,950
60%$26,040$29,760$33,480$37,200$40,200$43,200$46,140$49,140

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 Kennebec County is $33,480 a year, or $2,790 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,790 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $837 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%$543$581$698$806$900$993
60%$651$698$837$968$1,080$1,191
Fair Market Rents in Kennebec 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
StudioOne BRTwo BRThree BRFour BR
$656$678$844$1,105$1,179

Cities In Kennebec County

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CityListingsServed By
Albion1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Albion is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Augusta13The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Augusta are the Augusta Housing Authority and Maine State Housing Authority.
Belgrade0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Belgrade is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Benton0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Benton is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Chelsea0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Chelsea is the Maine State Housing Authority.
China0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves China is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Clinton0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Clinton is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Farmingdale0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Farmingdale is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Fayette0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fayette is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Gardiner1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Gardiner is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Hallowell1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hallowell is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Litchfield0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Litchfield is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Manchester1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Manchester is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Monmouth1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Monmouth is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Mount Vernon0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mount Vernon is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Oakland4The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Oakland is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Pittston0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Pittston is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Randolph2The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Randolph is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Readfield0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Readfield is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Rome0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rome is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Sidney0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sidney is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Unity UT0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Unity UT is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Vassalboro0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Vassalboro is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Vienna0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Vienna is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Waterville6The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Waterville are the Waterville Housing Authority and Maine State Housing Authority.
Wayne0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Wayne is the Maine State Housing Authority.
West Gardiner0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Gardiner is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Windsor1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Windsor is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Winslow2The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Winslow is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Winthrop0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Winthrop is the Maine State Housing Authority.