Affordable Housing In East Lansing
Clinton County, Michigan

7 Low Income Apartment Communities In East Lansing

East Glen Apartments

1801 N Hagadorn Rd
East Lansing, MI
Income Based
1-2 BR

Bailey Center Apartments

300 Bailey Street
East Lansing, MI
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome


1290 Deer Path Ln
East Lansing, MI

Edgewood Village

6213 Towar Garden Cir
East Lansing, MI

Meridian Stratford Place

2790 Sirhal Dr
East Lansing, MI
HCV Welcome

1777 Haslett Road

1777 Haslett Rd
East Lansing, MI
HCV Welcome

Ivan Wood Senior Apartments

4672 S Hagadorn Rd
East Lansing, MI
HCV Welcome
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Housing Authorities that serve East Lansing

Housing Authority Programs
Michigan State Housing Development Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Homeownership Voucher; Family Self-Sufficiency; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV)
Housing Services Mid Michigan Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Mainstream Voucher
Lansing Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in East Lansing, Michigan

There are 7 low income housing apartment communities offering 594 affordable apartments for rent in East Lansing, Michigan. East Lansing features 361 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 233 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in East Lansing.

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

East Lansing, MI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 7
Total Low Income Apartments 594
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 361
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 65.62%
Average Renter Household Size 2.34
Average Household Size 2.35
Median Household Income $32,981 ±$2,433
Median Rent $863 ±$23
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 66.16% ± 3.91pp
Total Population 48,669

Population and Household Demographics

East Lansing is a City in Clinton County, Michigan with a population of 48,669. There are 13,927 households in the city with an average household size of 2.35 persons. 65.62% of households in East Lansing are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in East Lansing

The median gross income for households in East Lansing is $32,981 a year, or $2,748 a month. The median rent for the city is $863 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In East Lansing, a household making less than $2,877 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 66.16% of households who rent are overburdened in East Lansing.1

Area Median Income In East Lansing

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 East Lansing, the AMI is calculated from all households within Clinton County.

In East Lansing, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $74,300

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 East Lansing

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 East Lansing HUD Rental Assistance in East Lansing

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $15,650 $17,850 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $26,050 $29,750 $33,450 $37,150 $40,150 $43,100 $46,100 $49,050
80% of Median $41,650 $47,600 $53,550 $59,450 $64,250 $69,000 $73,750 $78,500
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in East Lansing

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

From 1991 to 2006, 3 low income apartment communities containing 191 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in East Lansing 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 East Lansing

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $26,050 $29,750 $33,450 $37,150 $40,150 $43,100 $46,100 $49,050
60% of Median $31,260 $35,700 $40,140 $44,580 $48,180 $51,720 $55,320 $58,860

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 East Lansing is $40,140 a year, or $3,345 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,345 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,004 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% $651 $698 $836 $966 $1,078 $1,189
60% $782 $837 $1,004 $1,160 $1,293 $1,427
Fair Market Rents in East Lansing

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
$682 $722 $893 $1,168 $1,280