Affordable Housing In Lewiston
Androscoggin County, Maine

24 Low Income Apartment Communities In Lewiston

Frye School Housing

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

Oak Park Apartments

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

Maple Street Apartments

57 Maple St
Lewiston, ME
$596-921
2-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Pleasant View Acres

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

Healy Terrace

81 Ash St
Lewiston, ME
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+
HCV Welcome
Subsidized

The Hartley Block

155 Lisbon St
Lewiston, ME
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Birch Hill

281 Bates St
Lewiston, ME
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+
Accessible
HCV Welcome

Place Ste. Marie

64 Oxford St
Lewiston, ME
Income Based
2 BR
Subsidized

Dominican Court

56 Birch Street
Lewiston, ME
62+
Accessible
Subsidized

River Valley Village

84 Strawberry Avenue
Lewiston, ME
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

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

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 24 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,298 affordable apartments for rent in Lewiston, Maine. Lewiston features 1,133 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 165 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Lewiston.

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.1

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 $62,600

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 Lewiston 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 $13,650 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $42,800
50% of Median $22,700 $25,950 $29,200 $32,400 $35,000 $37,600 $40,200 $42,800
80% of Median $36,300 $41,500 $46,700 $51,850 $56,000 $60,150 $64,300 $68,450
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Lewiston

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

From 1988 to 2012, 11 low income apartment communities containing 428 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Lewiston by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

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 Lewiston

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $22,700 $25,950 $29,200 $32,400 $35,000 $37,600 $40,200 $42,800
60% of Median $27,240 $31,140 $35,040 $38,880 $42,000 $45,120 $48,240 $51,360

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 Lewiston is $35,040 a year, or $2,920 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,920 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $876 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 AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $568 $608 $730 $843 $940 $1,038
60% $681 $730 $876 $1,011 $1,128 $1,245
Fair Market Rents in Lewiston

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.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$613 $658 $844 $1,068 $1,365