Affordable Housing In Kensington
Montgomery County, Maryland

5 Low Income Apartment Communities In Kensington

Mcarc Lawrence Avenue

3800 Lawrence Ave
Kensington, MD
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Rebecca Apartments

10920 Connecticut Ave
Kensington, MD
Subsidized

Parkway Woods

3904 Mertford St
Kensington, MD

Montgomery County

Veirs Mill Rd
Kensington, MD
HCV Welcome

Tpm Development Corporation

10400 Detrick Ave
Kensington, MD
HCV Welcome
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There are 5 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 373 affordable apartments for rent in Kensington. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 158 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Kensington, HUD housing programs support 102 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 215 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Kensington

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Kensington, Maryland

Kensington, MD Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 5
Total Low Income Apartments 373
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 158
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 37.09%
Average Renter Household Size 2.28
Total Population 1,990
Housing Units 755
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

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.1

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 $121,300

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 Kensington HUD Rental Assistance in Kensington

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $25,500 $29,150 $32,800 $36,400 $39,350 $42,250 $45,150 $48,050
50% of Median $42,500 $48,550 $54,600 $60,650 $65,550 $70,400 $75,250 $80,100
80% of Median $54,350 $62,100 $69,850 $77,600 $83,850 $90,050 $96,250 $102,450

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 Kensington

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $42,500 $48,550 $54,600 $60,650 $65,550 $70,400 $75,250 $80,100
60% of Median $51,000 $58,260 $65,520 $72,780 $78,660 $84,480 $90,300 $96,120

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 Kensington is $65,520 a year, or $5,460 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $5,460 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,638 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% $1,063 $1,138 $1,365 $1,578 $1,760 $1,942
60% $1,275 $1,366 $1,638 $1,893 $2,112 $2,330
Fair Market Rents in Kensington

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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$1,415 $1,454 $1,665 $2,176 $2,678