Affordable Housing In Franklin County
Massachusetts

18 Low Income Apartment Communities In Franklin County

The Weldon

54 High Street
Greenfield, MA
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
Subsidized

King James Court

383 East River Street
Orange, MA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Power Town Apartments

152 Ave A
Turners Falls, MA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Leyden Woods Apartments

24 Aster Ct
Greenfield, MA
Subsidized

Hastings Street

62 Hastings St
Greenfield, MA
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Greenfield Gardens

2 Riverside Dr
Greenfield, MA
Subsidized

Berkshire Apartments

91 Green St
Greenfield, MA

Winslow

132 Main St
Greenfield, MA
HCV Welcome

Leyden Woods

24 Leyden Woods Ln
Greenfield, MA
HCV Welcome

Franklin Street

2 Franklin St
Buckland, MA
HCV Welcome

Housing Authorities that serve Franklin County

Housing Authority Programs
Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Moving to Work
Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Other Housing Authorities located in Franklin County

Housing Authority Programs
Greenfield Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Franklin County, Massachusetts

There are 18 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,264 affordable apartments for rent in Franklin County, Massachusetts. Franklin County features 713 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 551 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Franklin County.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Franklin County, MA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 18
Total Low Income Apartments 1,264
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 713
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 31.02%
Average Renter Household Size 2.04
Average Household Size 2.30
Median Household Income $55,221 ±$1,954
Median Rent $851 ±$20
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.41% ± 3.75pp
Total Population 71,144

Population and Household Demographics

Franklin County is a County in Massachusetts with a population of 71,144. There are 30,202 households in the county with an average household size of 2.30 persons. 31.02% of households in Franklin County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Franklin County

The median gross income for households in Franklin County is $55,221 a year, or $4,602 a month. The median rent for the county is $851 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Franklin County, a household making less than $2,837 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46.41% of households who rent are overburdened in Franklin County.1

Area Median Income In Franklin County

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.

In Franklin County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $85,100

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 Franklin County

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 Franklin County HUD Rental Assistance in Franklin County

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 Franklin County

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

From 1987 to 2011, 9 low income apartment communities containing 393 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Franklin County 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 Franklin County

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 Franklin County 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 Franklin County

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
$842 $859 $1,095 $1,467 $1,577

Cities In Franklin County

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City Listings Served By
Greenfield 10 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Greenfield are the Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Greenfield Housing Authority, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Orange 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Orange are the Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Turners Falls 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Turners Falls are the Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
South Deerfield 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve South Deerfield are the Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Buckland 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Buckland are the Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Ashfield 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Ashfield are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Bernardston 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Bernardston are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Charlemont 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Charlemont are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Colrain 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Colrain are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Conway 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Conway are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Deerfield 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Deerfield are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Erving 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Erving are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Gill 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Gill are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Hawley 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Hawley are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Heath 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Heath are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Leverett 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Leverett are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Leyden 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Leyden are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Monroe 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Monroe are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Montague 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Montague are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
New Salem 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve New Salem are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Northfield 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Northfield are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Rowe 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Rowe are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Shelburne 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Shelburne are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Shutesbury 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Shutesbury are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Sunderland 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Sunderland are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Warwick 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Warwick are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Wendell 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Wendell are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Whately 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Whately are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Greenfield Town 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Greenfield Town are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Millers Falls 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Millers Falls are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Shelburne Falls 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Shelburne Falls are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.