. Low Income Apartments For Rent in Chester, Massachusetts - Affordable Housing Online

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Chester, Massachusetts
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There are 15 low-income apartments in Chester that offer reduced rents to eligible households.

Rental assistance programs support 0 low-income homes in Chester where households pay rent based on how much they earn. For 2023, elgible households participating in federally assisted housing pay an average of $-4 towards rent each month.

Affordable rent data for some communities last confirmed on October 9th, 2019. Subdsidized rents typically change once a year based on federal guidance.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Chester, 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.

Housing Authority Programs
Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Moving to Work
Go to the Massachusetts Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Chester.

Chester, Massachusetts Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Chester, Massachusetts

Chester 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 Chester, Massachusetts

There are 15 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Chester.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Chester, Massachusetts

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Chester landlords $0 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $0 towards rent in Chester.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Chester, Massachusetts for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,101 and $1,345.

2023 Chester, 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
Chester, Massachusetts Fair Market Rent $818 $987 $1,223 $1,497 $1,799
Chester, Massachusetts Payment Standard Range $736 to $900 $888 to $1,086 $1,101 to $1,345 $1,347 to $1,647 $1,619 to $1,979

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Chester, MA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 1
Total Low Income Apartments 15
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 0
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 22.96%
Average Renter Household Size 2.45
Average Household Size 2.79
Median Household Income $57,500 ±$10,462
Median Rent $938 ±$236
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 67.74% ± 27.13pp
Total Population 754

Population and Household Demographics

Chester is a city in Hampden County, Massachusetts with a population of 754. There are 270 households in the city with an average household size of 2.79 persons. 22.96% of households in Chester are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Chester

The median gross income for households in Chester is $57,500 a year, or $4,792 a month. The median rent for the city is $938 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Chester, a household making less than $3,127 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 67.74% of households who rent are overburdened in Chester.

Area Median Income In Chester

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 Chester, the AMI is calculated from all households within Hampden County.

In Chester, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $93,700

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 Chester

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 Chester

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Chester AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$20,950 $23,950 $26,950 $30,000 $35,140 $40,280 $45,420 $50,560
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Chester AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$34,900 $39,850 $44,850 $49,800 $53,800 $57,800 $61,800 $65,750
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Chester AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$55,800 $63,800 $71,750 $79,700 $86,100 $92,500 $98,850 $105,250