Affordable Housing In Kensington
Montgomery County, Maryland

6 Low Income Apartment Communities In Kensington

Mcarc Lawrence Avenue

3800 Lawrence Ave
Kensington, Maryland
Elderly Supportive Housing

Rebecca Apartments

10920 Connecticut Ave
Kensington, Maryland

Parkway Woods

3904 Mertford St
Kensington, Maryland

Montgomery County

Veirs Mill Rd
Kensington, Maryland

Tpm Development Corporation

10400 Detrick Ave
Kensington, Maryland

Pond Ridge

18100 Pond Ridge Ct
Kensington, Maryland
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Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Kensington, Maryland

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.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Kensington, Maryland

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Kensington, Maryland

There are 6 low income housing apartment communities offering 413 affordable apartments for rent in Kensington, Maryland.

Income Based Apartments in Kensington, Maryland

Kensington features 158 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 Kensington, Maryland

There are 215 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Kensington.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Kensington, Maryland

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Kensington landlords $1,300 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in Kensington.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Kensington, Maryland for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,607 and $1,964.

2022 Kensington, Maryland 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
Kensington, Maryland Fair Market Rent $1,539 $1,567 $1,785 $2,260 $2,713
Kensington, Maryland Payment Standard Range $1,385 to $1,693 $1,410 to $1,724 $1,607 to $1,964 $2,034 to $2,486 $2,442 to $2,984

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Kensington, MD Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 6
Total Low Income Apartments 413
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 158
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 37.09%
Average Renter Household Size 2.28
Average Household Size 2.64
Median Household Income $137,159 ±$24,027
Median Rent $1,335 ±$151
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 37.5% ± 11.9pp
Total Population 1,990

Population and Household Demographics

Kensington is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland with a population of 1,990. There are 755 households in the city with an average household size of 2.64 persons. 37.09% of households in Kensington are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Kensington

The median gross income for households in Kensington is $137,159 a year, or $11,430 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,335 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Kensington, a household making less than $4,450 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 37.5% of households who rent are overburdened in Kensington.

Area Median Income In Kensington

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 Kensington, the AMI is calculated from all households within Montgomery County.

In Kensington, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $142,300

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 Kensington

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 Kensington

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Kensington AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$29,900 $34,200 $38,450 $42,700 $46,150 $49,550 $52,950 $56,400
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Kensington AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$49,850 $56,950 $64,050 $71,150 $76,850 $82,550 $88,250 $93,950
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Kensington AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$63,000 $72,000 $81,000 $90,000 $97,200 $104,400 $111,600 $118,800