Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Cambridge, MA

Discover affordable housing in Cambridge where there are 75+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

Inman Square Cast II

1221 Cambridge St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 2139

payment Subsidized

Essex Street Condos

675 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

821-825 Main Street Condos

821-825 Main Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Auburn Court

Auburn Court 1 Brookline Place, Cambridge, Massachusetts 2139

bed 1-3
payment $2400-3600/mo.
accessibility Accessible

Cambridge Court Elderly Apartments

411 Franklin St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

bed Studio-1
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers

Finch Campbridge

675 Concord Ave., Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

bed 1-3
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers

Leonard J. Russell Apartments

2050 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140

bed 1

Frank J. Manning Apartments

240 Green St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

bed 1-2
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers

Lyndon B Johnson Apartments

150 Erie St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

bed Studio-1
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers

Daniel F Burns Apartments

50 Churchill Ave, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140

bed 1
payment Subsidized

Kendall Crossing

157 6th St , Cambridge, Massachusetts 2142

bed 1-2

Room in 26 Porter Road

26 Porter Rd, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140

bed 5
payment $1195/mo.

Room in 4 Bedroom Apartment at 315 Elm St

315 Elm St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

bed 1
payment $1000/mo.

Room in 218 Western Avenue

218 Western Ave, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

bed 4
payment $1255/mo.

12 Newport Rd.

12 Newport Rd, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140

bed Studio
payment $2100/mo.
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
real_estate_agent Naturally Affordable

Room in 51 Clifton Street

51 Clifton St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140

bed 5
payment $1150/mo.
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
real_estate_agent Naturally Affordable

9 Fulkerson St.

9 Fulkerson St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02141

bed 3
payment $3100/mo.
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
real_estate_agent Naturally Affordable

Roosevelt Towers

14 Roosevelt Towers, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02141

payment Subsidized

Squirrelwood Apartments

243 Broadway, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

bed Studio-3

Frost Terrace

1791 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140

bed Studio-3
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers

How To Identify Affordable Housing in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Look for program and preference badges on affordable apartment listings. These badges can help you identify the types of low income housing each apartment offers and if you may be eligbile for rental assistance or reduced rents.

Badge Description
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
Low income apartments with no or short waiting lists.
payment Subsidized
Low income housing where the rent is subsidized and the renter pays only a portion of total rent.
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
Apartments that accept Section 8 vouchers near you
elderly Senior
Rental housing for seniors who are 55 (or sometimes 62) and older.
payment Income Based
Affordable apartments where the rent paid is based on renter income.
accessibility Accessible
Meets Accessibilty Requirements of the Fair Housing Act, the ADA, or HUD policy.
accessible_forward Disability
Apartments for individuals or families with disabilities.
real_estate_agent Naturally Affordable
Naturally Occuring Affordable Housing - or NOAH - is any housing unit that offers affordable rent without participating in a rent subsidy program.
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The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Cambridge, Massachusetts
$38.54 (+257%) more than Massachusetts minimum wage and $46.29 (+639%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve 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.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Moving to Work programs for Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Moving to Work programs for Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Go to the Massachusetts Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Cambridge.

How many renters live in Cambridge, Massachusetts?

The City of Cambridge has people living in households.

There are renters living in renter households in this City. Renters make up 53.27 percent of the population living in Cambridge.

What is the rental market like in Cambridge, Massachusetts?

There are an estimated housing units in the Cambridge area. Of these, units are rental homes, making up percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Cambridge, Massachusetts, there are 1.09 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Cambridge?

The rental vacancy rate in Cambridge is 4 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

How many rental units are in Cambridge for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Cambridge
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
3,518 11,087 12,031 4,834 1,093
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Cambridge

A large number of apartments in Cambridge have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How Much Is Rent in Cambridge

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $2,212 to $3,765. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $2,212
One BR $2,377
Two BR $2,827
Three BR $3,418
Four BR $3,765
2024 Fair Market Rents in Cambridge, Massachusetts

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Cambridge?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 908 26 percent
One BR 2,043 18 percent
Two BR 1,783 15 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Cambridge, Massachusetts

How many affordable rental units are in Cambridge?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Cambridge, Massachusetts including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Public Housing
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance
Mod Rehab Project-Based Rental Assistance
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cambridge features 4,378 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 1,100 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 $2,544 and $3,110.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.