; Low Income Apartments For Rent in Scarborough, ME

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Griffin Road Senior Housing

5 Griffin Road
Scarborough, Maine
Rent Assisted
1 BR

Southgate House

577 U.S. 1
Scarborough, Maine
Rent Assisted

Bessey Commons Senior Housing

4 Bessey School Dr
Scarborough, Maine
Rent Assisted
1 BR

Village at Oak Hill

72 Gorham Rd
Scarborough, Maine
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There are 128 low-income apartments in Scarborough that offer reduced rents to eligible households. Low-income rents in Scarborough, Maine can range from $1,450 to $1,450 depending on the number of bedrooms.

Rental assistance programs support 38 low-income homes in Scarborough where households pay rent based on how much they earn. For 2023, elgible households participating in federally assisted housing pay an average of $434 towards rent each month.

Affordable rent data for some communities last confirmed on January 1st, 2023. Subdsidized rents typically change once a year based on federal guidance.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Scarborough, Maine

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Housing Authority Programs
Westbrook Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Maine State Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Portland Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Homeownership Voucher; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD); Moderate Rehabilitation
Go to the Maine Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Scarborough.

Scarborough, Maine Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Scarborough, Maine

Scarborough features 38 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 Scarborough, Maine

There are 128 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Scarborough.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Scarborough, Maine

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Scarborough landlords $900 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Scarborough.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Scarborough, Maine for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,330 and $1,626.

2023 Scarborough, 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
Scarborough, Maine Fair Market Rent $1,003 $1,123 $1,478 $1,863 $2,014
Scarborough, Maine Payment Standard Range $903 to $1,103 $1,011 to $1,235 $1,330 to $1,626 $1,677 to $2,049 $1,813 to $2,215

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Scarborough, ME Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 4
Total Low Income Apartments 166
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 38
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 29.43%
Average Renter Household Size 2.48
Average Household Size 2.51
Median Household Income $66,186 ±$4,304
Median Rent $1,121 ±$116
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 39.58% ± 17.1pp
Total Population 4,601

Population and Household Demographics

Scarborough is a city in Cumberland County, Maine with a population of 4,601. There are 1,760 households in the city with an average household size of 2.51 persons. 29.43% of households in Scarborough are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Scarborough

The median gross income for households in Scarborough is $66,186 a year, or $5,516 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,121 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Scarborough, a household making less than $3,737 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 39.58% of households who rent are overburdened in Scarborough.

Area Median Income In Scarborough

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 Scarborough, the AMI is calculated from all households within Cumberland County.

In Scarborough, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $102,800

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 Scarborough

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 Scarborough

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Scarborough AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$19,500 $22,300 $25,100 $30,000 $35,140 $40,280 $45,420 $50,560
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Scarborough AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$32,550 $37,200 $41,850 $46,450 $50,200 $53,900 $57,600 $61,350
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Scarborough AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$52,050 $59,450 $66,900 $74,300 $80,250 $86,200 $92,150 $98,100