There are 6,827 low-income apartments in Boston that offer reduced rents to eligible households. Low-income rents in Boston, Massachusetts can range from $946 to $4,297 depending on the number of bedrooms.
Rental assistance programs support 21,863 low-income homes in Boston where households pay rent based on how much they earn. For 2023, elgible households participating in federally assisted housing pay an average of $503 towards rent each month.
Affordable rent data for some communities last confirmed on March 31st, 2023. Subdsidized rents typically change once a year based on federal guidance.
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.
|Boston Housing Authority||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing|
|Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Moving to Work|
Boston features 21,863 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.
There are 6,827 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Boston.
On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Boston landlords $1,300 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in Boston.
The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Boston, Massachusetts for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,372 and $2,899.
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|
|Boston, Massachusetts Fair Market Rent||$2,025||$2,198||$2,635||$3,207||$3,540|
|Boston, Massachusetts Payment Standard Range||$1,823 to $2,228||$1,978 to $2,418||$2,372 to $2,899||$2,886 to $3,528||$3,186 to $3,894|
Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.
|Total Affordable Apartment Properties||280|
|Total Low Income Apartments||29,712|
|Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance||21,863|
|Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters||65.68%|
|Average Renter Household Size||2.29|
|Average Household Size||2.35|
|Median Household Income||$55,777 ±$1,049|
|Median Rent||$1,320 ±$14|
|Percentage Of Renters Overburdened||49.45% ± 1.13pp|
Boston is a city in Suffolk County, Massachusetts with a population of 650,281. There are 256,294 households in the city with an average household size of 2.35 persons. 65.68% of households in Boston are renters.
The median gross income for households in Boston is $55,777 a year, or $4,648 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,320 a month.
Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Boston, a household making less than $4,400 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.45% of households who rent are overburdened in Boston.
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 Boston, the AMI is calculated from all households within Suffolk County.
In Boston, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $149,300
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 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.
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|30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Boston AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
|50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Boston AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
|80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Boston AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.