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Affordable Housing In Lewiston
Androscoggin County, Maine

24 Low Income Apartment Communities In Lewiston

Frye School Housing

140 Ash St
Lewiston, Maine
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Oak Park Apartments

10 Oak St
Lewiston, Maine
Income Based
1-2 BR
Subsidized
Accessible
62+

Maple Street Apartments

57 Maple St
Lewiston, Maine
$596-921
2-4 BR

Pleasant View Acres

50 Fairmount St
Lewiston, Maine
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Healy Terrace

81 Ash St
Lewiston, Maine
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Subsidized
62+

The Hartley Block

155 Lisbon Street
Lewiston, Maine
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Birch Hill

281 Bates St
Lewiston, Maine
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+
Accessible

Place Ste. Marie

64 Oxford St
Lewiston, Maine
Income Based
2 BR
Subsidized

Dominican Court

56 Birch Street
Lewiston, Maine
Accessible
62+
Subsidized

River Valley Village

84 Strawberry Avenue
Lewiston, Maine
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Housing Authorities that serve Lewiston

Housing Authority Programs
Lewiston Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Lewiston, Maine

There are 24 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,298 affordable apartments for rent in Lewiston, Maine.

Income Based Apartments in Lewiston, Maine

Lewiston features 1,133 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 Lewiston, Maine

There are 165 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Lewiston.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Lewiston, Maine

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Lewiston landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Lewiston.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Lewiston, Maine for a two-bedroom apartment is between $852 and $1,042.

2021 Lewiston, 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 $685 $737 $947 $1,214 $1,484
Payment Standard Range $617 to $754 $663 to $811 $852 to $1,042 $1,093 to $1,335 $1,336 to $1,632

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Lewiston, ME Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 24
Total Low Income Apartments 1,298
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,133
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 51.63%
Average Renter Household Size 1.94
Average Household Size 2.16
Median Household Income $37,500 ±$2,394
Median Rent $683 ±$21
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 47.6% ± 4.43pp
Total Population 36,356

Population and Household Demographics

Lewiston is a city in Androscoggin County, Maine with a population of 36,356. There are 15,784 households in the city with an average household size of 2.16 persons. 51.63% of households in Lewiston are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Lewiston

The median gross income for households in Lewiston is $37,500 a year, or $3,125 a month. The median rent for the city is $683 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Lewiston, a household making less than $2,277 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 47.6% of households who rent are overburdened in Lewiston.

Area Median Income In Lewiston

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 Lewiston, the AMI is calculated from all households within Androscoggin County.

In Lewiston, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $75,900

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 Lewiston

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 Lewiston

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,700 $17,240 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $24,500 $28,000 $31,500 $34,950 $37,750 $40,550 $43,350 $46,150
80% of Median $39,150 $44,750 $50,350 $55,900 $60,400 $64,850 $69,350 $73,800