Affordable Housing In Suffolk County
Massachusetts

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There are 256 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 24,380 affordable apartments for rent in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 15,602 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 9,517 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Suffolk County. There are 12,825 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Suffolk County is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.

Affordable Apartments in Suffolk County

Image of Broadway Tower
250 Broadway
Revere, Massachusetts
Broadway Tower is a 95 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Revere. Rents at Broadway Tower are $925-1,195.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Revere.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Image of Parmelee Court Homes
1782 Washington Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Parmelee Court Homes is a 74 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Boston. Rents at Parmelee Court Homes are $1,850-3,100.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Boston.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Image of Langham Court
26 Worcester Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Langham Court is a 84 unit low income housing apartment community that provides St.-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Boston. Rents at Langham Court are $1,350-2,900.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Boston.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Image of Oliver Lofts
166 Terrace Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Oliver Lofts is a 62 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Boston. Rents at Oliver Lofts are $1,995-2,950.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Boston.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Image of Northgate Apartments
232 Lantern Road
Revere, Massachusetts
Northgate Apartments is a low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Revere. Rents at Northgate Apartments are $950-1,545.

Housing Authorities that serve Suffolk County

The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development is a Section 8 public housing agency in Boston, Massachusetts.

Other Housing Authorities located in Suffolk County

The Boston Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Revere Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Revere, Massachusetts.

The Chelsea Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Understanding Affordable Housing in Suffolk County, Massachusetts

Suffolk County, MA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 256
Total Low Income Apartments 24,380
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 15,602
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 64.38%
Average Renter Household Size 2.32
Total Population 758,919
Housing Units 296,672
Average Household Size 2.39
Median Household Income $55,044 ±$992
Median Rent $1,298 ±$12
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.63% ± 1.1pp

Population and Household Demographics

Suffolk County is a County in Massachusetts with a population of 758,919. There are 296,672 households in the county with an average household size of 2.39 persons. 64.38% of households in Suffolk County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Suffolk County

The median gross income for households in Suffolk County is $55,044 a year, or $4,587 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,298 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Suffolk County, a household making less than $4,327 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.63% of households who rent are overburdened in Suffolk County.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 1.1 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Suffolk 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 Suffolk County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $103,400

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 Suffolk 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.

Suffolk County HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% $21,700 $24,800 $27,900 $31,000 $33,500 $36,000 $38,450 $41,320
50% $36,200 $41,400 $46,550 $51,700 $55,850 $60,000 $64,150 $68,250
80% $54,750 $62,550 $70,350 $78,150 $84,450 $90,700 $96,950 $103,200

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Suffolk 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 2012, 112 low income apartment communities containing 9,943 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Suffolk County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Suffolk County by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

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.

Suffolk County Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% $36,200 $41,400 $46,550 $51,700 $55,850 $60,000 $64,150 $68,250
60% $43,440 $49,680 $55,860 $62,040 $67,020 $72,000 $76,980 $81,900

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 Suffolk County is $55,860 a year, or $4,655 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,655 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,397 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 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 1 Bed 5 Bed
50% $905 $970 $1,164 $1,344 $1,500 $1,655
60% $1,086 $1,164 $1,397 $1,613 $1,800 $1,986
Fair Market Rents in Suffolk 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.

2017 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$1,194 $1,372 $1,691 $2,116 $2,331

Cities In Suffolk County

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City Listings Served By
Boston 185 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Boston are the Boston Housing Authority and Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Chelsea 38 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Chelsea are the Chelsea Housing Authority and Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Revere 13 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Revere are the Revere Housing Authority and Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Winthrop 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Winthrop is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Winthrop Town 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Winthrop Town is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.