Affordable Housing In Ocean City
Worcester County, Maryland

Housing Authorities that serve Ocean City

Housing Authority Programs
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Family Self-Sufficiency; Homeownership; Section 8 HCV Money Follows the Person (MFP)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Ocean City, Maryland

There are 0 low income housing apartment communities offering 0 affordable apartments for rent in Ocean City, Maryland.

Income Based Apartments in Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City features 0 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 Ocean City, Maryland

There are 0 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Ocean City.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Ocean City, Maryland

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Ocean City landlords $1,000 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Ocean City.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Ocean City, Maryland for a two-bedroom apartment is between $875 and $1,069.

2020 Ocean City, 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
Fair Market Rent $658 $735 $972 $1,257 $1,616
Payment Standard Range $592 to $724 $662 to $809 $875 to $1,069 $1,131 to $1,383 $1,454 to $1,778

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Ocean City, MD Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 0
Total Low Income Apartments 0
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 0
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 24.77%
Average Renter Household Size 2.58
Average Household Size 2.04
Median Household Income $52,410 ±$4,178
Median Rent $992 ±$190
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 47.18% ± 13.89pp
Total Population 7,074

Population and Household Demographics

Ocean City is a City in Worcester County, Maryland with a population of 7,074. There are 3,439 households in the city with an average household size of 2.04 persons. 24.77% of households in Ocean City are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Ocean City

The median gross income for households in Ocean City is $52,410 a year, or $4,368 a month. The median rent for the city is $992 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Ocean City, a household making less than $3,307 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 47.18% of households who rent are overburdened in Ocean City.1

Area Median Income In Ocean City

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 Ocean City, the AMI is calculated from all households within Worcester County.

In Ocean City, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $72,600

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 Ocean City

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 Ocean City HUD Rental Assistance in Ocean City

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $15,300 $17,450 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $25,450 $29,050 $32,700 $36,300 $39,250 $42,150 $45,050 $47,950
80% of Median $40,700 $46,500 $52,300 $58,100 $62,750 $67,400 $72,050 $76,700