Affordable Housing In Cambridge
62 Low Income Apartment Communities In Cambridge
Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Cambridge, Massachusetts
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 Cambridge, Massachusetts
|Cambridge Housing Authority||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moving to Work|
|Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Moving to Work|
Guide To Affordable Housing in Cambridge, Massachusetts
There are 62 low income housing apartment communities offering 5,569 affordable apartments for rent in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Income Based Apartments in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cambridge features 4,501 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 Cambridge, Massachusetts
There are 1,031 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Cambridge.
Housing Choice Vouchers in Cambridge, Massachusetts
On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Cambridge landlords $900 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Cambridge.
The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Cambridge, Massachusetts for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,159 and $2,639.
2022 Cambridge, Massachusetts 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|
|Cambridge, Massachusetts Fair Market Rent||$1,803||$1,986||$2,399||$2,966||$3,253|
|Cambridge, Massachusetts Payment Standard Range||$1,623 to $1,983||$1,787 to $2,185||$2,159 to $2,639||$2,669 to $3,263||$2,928 to $3,578|
Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.
Cambridge, MA Affordable Housing Snapshot
|Total Affordable Apartment Properties||62|
|Total Low Income Apartments||5,569|
|Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance||4,501|
|Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters||62.94%|
|Average Renter Household Size||2.00|
|Average Household Size||2.07|
|Median Household Income||$79,416 ±$3,065|
|Median Rent||$1,686 ±$28|
|Percentage Of Renters Overburdened||43.9% ± 2.59pp|
Population and Household Demographics
Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts with a population of 107,916. There are 43,801 households in the city with an average household size of 2.07 persons. 62.94% of households in Cambridge are renters.
Income and Rent Overburden in Cambridge
The median gross income for households in Cambridge is $79,416 a year, or $6,618 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,686 a month.
Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Cambridge, a household making less than $5,620 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 43.9% of households who rent are overburdened in Cambridge.
Area Median Income In Cambridge
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 Cambridge, the AMI is calculated from all households within Middlesex County.
In Cambridge, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $140,200
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 Cambridge
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 Cambridge
|1 Person||2 Person||3 Person||4 Person||5 Person||6 Person||7 Person||8 Person|
|30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Cambridge AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
|50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Cambridge AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
|80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Cambridge AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.