Cheap Apartments In Knox County
Maine

Knoll Crest Apartments

269 Western Rd. (Bldg. 1)
Warren, ME
1-2 BR
62+
Accessable
Subsidized

Beechwood Apartments

39 Beechwood St
Thomaston, ME
62+
Accessable
Subsidized

Harborside

5 Main St
Vinalhaven, ME

Greenfield GF

26 Brooklyn Heights
Thomaston, ME
1-3 BR

Rocky Coast House

6 Oak Grove
Thomaston, ME

There are 16 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 476 affordable apartments for rent in Knox County, Maine. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 393 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 216 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Knox County. There are 621 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Housing Authorities that serve Knox County

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

Understanding Affordable Housing in Knox County, Maine

Knox County, ME Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties16
Total Low Income Apartments476
Total Rent Assisted Apartments393
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters23.55%
Average Renter Household Size2.01
Total Population39,723
Housing Units16,999
Average Household Size2.27
Median Household Income$50,693 ±$1,972
Median Rent$764 ±$47
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened42.38% ± 5.84pp

Population and Household Demographics

Knox County is a County in Maine with a population of 39,723. There are 16,999 households in the county with an average household size of 2.27 persons. 23.55% of households in Knox County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Knox County

The median gross income for households in Knox County is $50,693 a year, or $4,224 a month. The median rent for the county is $764 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Knox County, a household making less than $2,547 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent.42.38% of households who rent are overburdened in Knox County.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 5.84 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Knox 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 Knox County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $64,000

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 Knox 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.

Income Qualifications for Knox County HUD Rental Assistance in Knox County

Income1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
30% of Median$13,450$16,460$20,780$25,100$29,420$33,740$38,060$42,250
50% of Median$22,400$25,600$28,800$32,000$34,600$37,150$39,700$42,250
80% of Median$35,850$41,000$46,100$51,200$55,300$59,400$63,500$67,600

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 Knox County

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

From 1997 to 2011, 5 low income apartment communities containing 129 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Knox County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

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

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Knox County

Income1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
50% of Median$22,400$25,600$28,800$32,000$34,600$37,150$39,700$42,250
HERA 50%$22,650$25,850$29,100$32,300$34,900$37,500$40,100$42,650
60% of Median$26,880$30,720$34,560$38,400$41,520$44,580$47,640$50,700
HERA 60%$27,180$31,020$34,920$38,760$41,880$45,000$48,120$51,180

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 Knox County is $34,560 a year, or $2,880 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,880 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $864 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 AMIStudio1 Bed2 Bed3 Bed4 Bed5 Bed
50%$560$600$720$833$929$1,024
60%$672$720$864$999$1,115$1,229
Fair Market Rents in Knox 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.

2018 Fair Market Rents
StudioOne BRTwo BRThree BRFour BR
$695$700$886$1,195$1,320

Cities In Knox County

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CityListingsServed By
Rockland8The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rockland is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Union0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Union is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Camden2The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Camden is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Thomaston4The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Thomaston is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Warren1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Warren is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Vinalhaven1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Vinalhaven is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Appleton0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Appleton is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Criehaven UT0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Criehaven UT is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Cushing0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cushing is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Friendship0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Friendship is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Hope0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hope is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Isle au Haut0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Isle au Haut is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Matinicus Isle plantation0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Matinicus Isle plantation is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Muscle Ridge Islands UT0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Muscle Ridge Islands UT is the Maine State Housing Authority.
North Haven0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves North Haven is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Owls Head0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Owls Head is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Rockport0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rockport is the Maine State Housing Authority.
St. George0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves St. George is the Maine State Housing Authority.
South Thomaston0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves South Thomaston is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Washington0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Washington is the Maine State Housing Authority.