Affordable Housing In Somerset
Bristol County, Massachusetts

Waiting List Openings In Somerset

Emergency Housing Voucher

How to Apply for the Waiting List.

1 Low Income Apartment Communities In Somerset

North Farm Senior Estates

3200 County St
Somerset, Massachusetts
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Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Somerset, 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.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Somerset, Massachusetts

Housing Authority Programs
Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Moving to Work

Guide To Affordable Housing in Somerset, Massachusetts

There are 1 low income housing apartment communities offering 90 affordable apartments for rent in Somerset, Massachusetts.

Income Based Apartments in Somerset, Massachusetts

Somerset 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 Somerset, Massachusetts

There are 90 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Somerset.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Somerset, Massachusetts

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Somerset landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Somerset.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Somerset, Massachusetts for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,003 and $1,225.

2022 Somerset, 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
Somerset, Massachusetts Fair Market Rent $809 $903 $1,114 $1,377 $1,511
Somerset, Massachusetts Payment Standard Range $728 to $890 $813 to $993 $1,003 to $1,225 $1,239 to $1,515 $1,360 to $1,662

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Somerset, MA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 1
Total Low Income Apartments 90
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 0
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 19.88%
Average Renter Household Size 2.31
Average Household Size 2.62
Median Household Income $70,502 ±$4,603
Median Rent $967 ±$68
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 37.02% ± 8.55pp
Total Population 18,271

Population and Household Demographics

Somerset is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts with a population of 18,271. There are 6,875 households in the city with an average household size of 2.62 persons. 19.88% of households in Somerset are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Somerset

The median gross income for households in Somerset is $70,502 a year, or $5,875 a month. The median rent for the city is $967 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Somerset, a household making less than $3,223 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 37.02% of households who rent are overburdened in Somerset.

Area Median Income In Somerset

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 Somerset, the AMI is calculated from all households within Bristol County.

In Somerset, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $74,500

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 Somerset

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 Somerset

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Somerset AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$17,700 $20,200 $22,750 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Somerset AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$29,450 $33,650 $37,850 $42,050 $45,450 $48,800 $52,150 $55,550
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Somerset AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$47,150 $53,850 $60,600 $67,300 $72,700 $78,100 $83,500 $88,850