Affordable Housing In Athol
Worcester County, Massachusetts

8 Low Income Apartment Communities In Athol

School Street Residences

494 School Street
Athol, MA
Studio-2 BR

Cottage Street Apartments

198 Harrington St, B5
Athol, MA
Income Based
1-4 BR

School Street Residences

494 School Street
Athol, MA

Cottage Development

701 Cottage St
Athol, MA
HCV Welcome

Pequoig House

416 Main St
Athol, MA

Cotage - Hapgood Apartments

25 Cheney St
Athol, MA
HCV Welcome

Dumont Realty Trust

359 Main St
Athol, MA
HCV Welcome

Delta Apartments

477 Main St
Athol, MA
HCV Welcome
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Housing Authorities that serve Athol

Housing Authority Programs
Athol Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Moving to Work

Guide To Affordable Housing in Athol, Massachusetts

There are 8 low income housing apartment communities offering 238 affordable apartments for rent in Athol, Massachusetts. Athol features 112 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 126 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Athol.

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Athol, MA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 8
Total Low Income Apartments 238
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 112
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 33.01%
Average Renter Household Size 2.05
Average Household Size 2.43
Median Household Income $42,013 ±$4,310
Median Rent $640 ±$85
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.4% ± 10.26pp
Total Population 8,427

Population and Household Demographics

Athol is a City in Worcester County, Massachusetts with a population of 8,427. There are 3,466 households in the city with an average household size of 2.43 persons. 33.01% of households in Athol are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Athol

The median gross income for households in Athol is $42,013 a year, or $3,501 a month. The median rent for the city is $640 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Athol, a household making less than $2,133 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.4% of households who rent are overburdened in Athol.1

Area Median Income In Athol

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

In Athol, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $85,800

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 Athol

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 Athol HUD Rental Assistance in Athol

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $18,650 $21,300 $23,950 $26,600 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $31,050 $35,500 $39,950 $44,350 $47,900 $51,450 $55,000 $58,550
80% of Median $49,700 $56,800 $63,900 $70,950 $76,650 $82,350 $88,000 $93,700
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Athol

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

From 1987 to 2004, 3 low income apartment communities containing 105 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Athol by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

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 Athol

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $31,050 $35,500 $39,950 $44,350 $47,900 $51,450 $55,000 $58,550
60% of Median $37,260 $42,600 $47,940 $53,220 $57,480 $61,740 $66,000 $70,260

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 Athol is $47,940 a year, or $3,995 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,995 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,199 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% $776 $832 $999 $1,153 $1,286 $1,419
60% $932 $998 $1,199 $1,384 $1,544 $1,703
Fair Market Rents in Athol

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.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$812 $818 $1,077 $1,358 $1,524