Affordable Housing In Newton
Middlesex County, Massachusetts

19 Low Income Apartment Communities In Newton

Juniper House

14 Newtonville Ave
Newton, MA
Disabled Supportive Housing

Coyne Road Group Home

20 Coyne Rd
Newton, MA
Disabled Supportive Housing

Bontempo Road

21 Bontempo Rd
Newton, MA
Disabled Supportive Housing

390 Newtonville St Newton

390 Newtonville Ave
Newton, MA
HCV Welcome

Nonantum Village

239 Watertown St
Newton, MA

Echo Ridge

74 Thurston Rd
Newton, MA

Heritage at Vernon Court

430 Centre St
Newton, MA
HCV Welcome

Newton Corner Place

276 Church St
Newton, MA
HCV Welcome

Can - Do 90 Christina St

90 Christina St
Newton, MA
HCV Welcome

Housing Authorities that serve Newton

Housing Authority Programs
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)
Newton Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Newton, Massachusetts

There are 19 low income housing apartment communities offering 868 affordable apartments for rent in Newton, Massachusetts. Newton features 618 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 250 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Newton.

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Newton, MA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 19
Total Low Income Apartments 868
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 618
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 30.51%
Average Renter Household Size 2.22
Average Household Size 2.58
Median Household Income $122,080 ±$4,102
Median Rent $1,703 ±$39
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.67% ± 3.82pp
Total Population 87,675

Population and Household Demographics

Newton is a City in Middlesex County, Massachusetts with a population of 87,675. There are 31,077 households in the city with an average household size of 2.58 persons. 30.51% of households in Newton are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Newton

The median gross income for households in Newton is $122,080 a year, or $10,173 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,703 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Newton, a household making less than $5,677 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46.67% of households who rent are overburdened in Newton.1

Area Median Income In Newton

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 Newton, the AMI is calculated from all households within Middlesex County.

In Newton, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $113,300

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 in Newton

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 Newton HUD Rental Assistance in Newton

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $24,900 $28,450 $32,000 $35,550 $38,400 $41,250 $44,100 $46,950
50% of Median $41,500 $47,400 $53,350 $59,250 $64,000 $68,750 $73,500 $78,250
80% of Median $62,450 $71,400 $80,300 $89,200 $96,350 $103,500 $110,650 $117,750
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Newton

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

From 1994 to 1996, 2 low income apartment communities containing 90 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Newton 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 Newton

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $41,500 $47,400 $53,350 $59,250 $64,000 $68,750 $73,500 $78,250
60% of Median $49,800 $56,880 $64,020 $71,100 $76,800 $82,500 $88,200 $93,900

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 Newton is $64,020 a year, or $5,335 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $5,335 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,601 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% $1,038 $1,111 $1,334 $1,541 $1,719 $1,897
60% $1,245 $1,334 $1,601 $1,849 $2,063 $2,276
Fair Market Rents in Newton

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
$1,715 $1,900 $2,311 $2,880 $3,131