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Affordable Housing In Rockport
Essex County, Massachusetts

1 Low Income Apartment Communities In Rockport

Rockport School Lp

4 Broadway
Rockport, Massachusetts
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Housing Authorities that serve Rockport

Housing Authority Programs
Rockport Housing 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)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Rockport, Massachusetts

There are 1 low income housing apartment communities offering 31 affordable apartments for rent in Rockport, Massachusetts.

Income Based Apartments in Rockport, Massachusetts

Rockport 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 Rockport, Massachusetts

There are 31 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Rockport.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Rockport, Massachusetts

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Rockport landlords $1,100 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Rockport.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Rockport, Massachusetts for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,102 and $2,570.

2021 Rockport, 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
Rockport, Massachusetts Fair Market Rent $1,742 $1,924 $2,336 $2,906 $3,168
Rockport, Massachusetts Payment Standard Range $1,568 to $1,916 $1,732 to $2,116 $2,102 to $2,570 $2,615 to $3,197 $2,851 to $3,485

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Rockport, MA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 1
Total Low Income Apartments 31
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 0
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 35.84%
Average Renter Household Size 1.77
Average Household Size 2.12
Median Household Income $62,574 ±$9,726
Median Rent $955 ±$90
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 41.29% ± 11.53pp
Total Population 4,846

Population and Household Demographics

Rockport is a city in Essex County, Massachusetts with a population of 4,846. There are 2,257 households in the city with an average household size of 2.12 persons. 35.84% of households in Rockport are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Rockport

The median gross income for households in Rockport is $62,574 a year, or $5,215 a month. The median rent for the city is $955 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Rockport, a household making less than $3,183 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 41.29% of households who rent are overburdened in Rockport.

Area Median Income In Rockport

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 Rockport, the AMI is calculated from all households within Essex County.

In Rockport, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $120,800

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 Rockport

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 Rockport

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Rockport AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$28,200 $32,200 $36,250 $40,250 $43,500 $46,700 $49,950 $53,150
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Rockport AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$47,000 $53,700 $60,400 $67,100 $72,500 $77,850 $83,250 $88,600
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Rockport AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$70,750 $80,850 $90,950 $101,050 $109,150 $117,250 $125,350 $133,400