Affordable Housing In Baltimore
Maryland

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There are 325 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 31,782 affordable apartments for rent in Baltimore, Maryland. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 23,689 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 7,465 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Baltimore. There are 14,147 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 Agencies that serve Baltimore are the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and Baltimore County Housing Office.

Affordable Apartments in Baltimore

5304 Harford Rd
Baltimore, Maryland
John Manley House is a 30 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Baltimore. Rents at John Manley House are $475-765.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Baltimore.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Senior (62+) Accessible Units Pet Friendly Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
514 Orchard Street
Baltimore, Maryland
Orchard Mews Apartments is a 101 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 2-4 bedroom apartments for rent in Baltimore. Rents at Orchard Mews Apartments are $880-1,236.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Low Income Housing Tax Credit Project Based Rental Assistance Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
3725 Ellerslie Ave
Baltimore, Maryland
Clare Court is a 30 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-4 bedroom apartments for rent in Baltimore. Rents at Clare Court are $515-986.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Baltimore.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
1030 E 33rd St
Baltimore, Maryland
Venable Apartments II at Stadium Place is a 74 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1 bedroom apartments for rent in Baltimore. Rents at Venable Apartments II at Stadium Place are 561.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers Pet Friendly
1312 Guilford Ave
Baltimore, Maryland
Printers Square Apartments is a 60 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Baltimore. Rents at Printers Square Apartments are $762-1,110.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Baltimore.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers

Housing Authorities that serve Baltimore

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Baltimore County Housing Office is a Section 8 public housing agency in Baltimore, Maryland.

Understanding Affordable Housing in Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, MD Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 325
Total Low Income Apartments 31,782
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 23,689
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 52.88%
Average Renter Household Size 2.37
Total Population 622,454
Housing Units 242,268
Average Household Size 2.47
Median Household Income $42,241 ±$536
Median Rent $951 ±$8
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.56% ± 1.22pp

Population and Household Demographics

Baltimore is a City in Maryland with a population of 622,454. There are 242,268 households in the city with an average household size of 2.47 persons. 52.88% of households in Baltimore are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Baltimore

The median gross income for households in Baltimore is $42,241 a year, or $3,520 a month. The median rent for the city is $951 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Baltimore, a household making less than $3,170 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.56% of households who rent are overburdened in Baltimore.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 1.22 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Baltimore

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 Baltimore, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $91,100

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 Baltimore

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.

Baltimore HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% $19,150 $21,900 $24,650 $27,350 $29,550 $32,960 $37,140 $41,320
50% $31,900 $36,450 $41,000 $45,550 $49,200 $52,850 $56,500 $60,150
80% $47,600 $54,400 $61,200 $68,000 $73,450 $78,900 $84,350 $89,800

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 Baltimore

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

From 1987 to 2012, 177 low income apartment communities containing 13,725 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Baltimore by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

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

Baltimore 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% $31,900 $36,450 $41,000 $45,550 $49,200 $52,850 $56,500 $60,150
60% $38,280 $43,740 $49,200 $54,660 $59,040 $63,420 $67,800 $72,180

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 Baltimore is $49,200 a year, or $4,100 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,100 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,230 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% $798 $854 $1,025 $1,184 $1,321 $1,458
60% $957 $1,025 $1,230 $1,421 $1,586 $1,750
Fair Market Rents in Baltimore

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
$903 $1,097 $1,376 $1,769 $2,072