Affordable Housing In Somerset County
Maine

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There are 23 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 901 affordable apartments for rent in Somerset County, Maine. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 466 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 178 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Somerset County. There are 822 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 Somerset County is the Maine State Housing Authority.

Affordable Apartments in Somerset County

Rr 3 Box 800
Skowhegan, Maine
Sherwood Forest is a 26 unit low income housing apartment community in Skowhegan.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
53 Pinewood Dr
Madison, Maine
Pinewood Apartments is a 16 unit low income housing apartment community in Madison.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
39 Sebasticook St
Pittsfield, Maine
Westbranch Terrace is a 40 unit low income housing apartment community in Pittsfield.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 RHS 538 Project Based Rental Assistance
1 Madison Ave
Madison, Maine
One Madison Avenue is a 27 unit low income housing apartment community in Madison.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
122 Skowhegan Rd
Fairfield, Maine
Fairfield Family is a 16 unit low income housing apartment community in Fairfield.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance

Housing Authorities that serve Somerset County

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

Understanding Affordable Housing in Somerset County, Maine

Somerset County, ME Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 23
Total Low Income Apartments 901
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 466
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 23.39%
Average Renter Household Size 2.28
Total Population 51,577
Housing Units 21,800
Average Household Size 2.34
Median Household Income $40,066 ±$1,771
Median Rent $684 ±$46
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 50.28% ± 5.11pp

Population and Household Demographics

Somerset County is a County in Maine with a population of 51,577. There are 21,800 households in the county with an average household size of 2.34 persons. 23.39% of households in Somerset County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Somerset County

The median gross income for households in Somerset County is $40,066 a year, or $3,339 a month. The median rent for the county is $684 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Somerset County, a household making less than $2,280 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 50.28% of households who rent are overburdened in Somerset County.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2014 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 5.11 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Somerset 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 Somerset County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $52,400

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 Somerset 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.

Somerset County HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% $12,060 $16,240 $20,420 $24,600 $28,780 $32,450 $34,700 $36,900
50% $19,600 $22,400 $25,200 $27,950 $30,200 $32,450 $34,700 $36,900
80% $31,300 $35,800 $40,250 $44,700 $48,300 $51,900 $55,450 $59,050

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 Somerset County

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

From 1988 to 1996, 9 low income apartment communities containing 224 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Somerset County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

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

Somerset County Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% $19,600 $22,400 $25,200 $27,950 $30,200 $32,450 $34,700 $36,900
HERA 50% $20,150 $23,000 $25,900 $28,750 $31,050 $33,350 $35,650 $37,950
60% $23,520 $26,880 $30,240 $33,540 $36,240 $38,940 $41,640 $44,280
HERA 60% $24,180 $27,600 $31,080 $34,500 $37,260 $40,020 $42,780 $45,540

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 Somerset County is $30,240 a year, or $2,520 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,520 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $756 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 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 1 Bed 5 Bed
50% $490 $525 $630 $727 $811 $895
60% $588 $630 $756 $872 $974 $1,074
Fair Market Rents in Somerset 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
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$578 $633 $756 $983 $1,042

Cities In Somerset County

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Anson 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Anson is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Athens 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Athens is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Bingham 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bingham is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Brighton plantation 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Brighton plantation is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Cambridge 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cambridge is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Canaan 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Canaan is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Caratunk 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Caratunk is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Central Somerset UT 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Central Somerset UT is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Cornville 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cornville is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Dennistown plantation 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Dennistown plantation is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Detroit 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Detroit is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Embden 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Embden is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Fairfield 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fairfield is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Harmony 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Harmony is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Hartland 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hartland is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Highland plantation 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Highland plantation is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Jackman 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Jackman is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Madison 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Madison is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Mercer 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mercer is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Moose River 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Moose River is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Moscow 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Moscow is the Maine State Housing Authority.
New Portland 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves New Portland is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Norridgewock 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Norridgewock is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Northeast Somerset UT 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Northeast Somerset UT is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Northwest Somerset UT 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Northwest Somerset UT is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Palmyra 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Palmyra is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Pittsfield 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Pittsfield is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Pleasant Ridge plantation 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Pleasant Ridge plantation is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Ripley 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Ripley is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Seboomook Lake UT 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Seboomook Lake UT is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Skowhegan 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Skowhegan is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Smithfield 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Smithfield is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Solon 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Solon is the Maine State Housing Authority.
St Albans 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves St Albans is the Maine State Housing Authority.
St. Albans 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves St. Albans is the Maine State Housing Authority.
Starks 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Starks is the Maine State Housing Authority.
The Forks plantation 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves The Forks plantation is the Maine State Housing Authority.
West Forks plantation 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Forks plantation is the Maine State Housing Authority.