Affordable Housing In Portage
Kalamazoo County, Michigan

11 Low Income Apartment Communities In Portage

The Hearthside Phase II

7621 Currier Dr
Portage, Michigan

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Portage, Michigan

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 Portage, Michigan

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)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Portage, Michigan

There are 11 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,508 affordable apartments for rent in Portage, Michigan.

Income Based Apartments in Portage, Michigan

Portage features 337 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 Portage, Michigan

There are 764 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Portage.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Portage, Michigan

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Portage landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Portage.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Portage, Michigan for a two-bedroom apartment is between $791 and $967.

2022 Portage, Michigan 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
Portage, Michigan Fair Market Rent $613 $711 $879 $1,160 $1,252
Portage, Michigan Payment Standard Range $552 to $674 $640 to $782 $791 to $967 $1,044 to $1,276 $1,127 to $1,377

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Portage, MI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 11
Total Low Income Apartments 1,508
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 337
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 32.52%
Average Renter Household Size 1.91
Average Household Size 2.43
Median Household Income $54,040 ±$2,773
Median Rent $720 ±$24
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 47.24% ± 5.84pp
Total Population 47,496

Population and Household Demographics

Portage is a city in Kalamazoo County, Michigan with a population of 47,496. There are 19,492 households in the city with an average household size of 2.43 persons. 32.52% of households in Portage are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Portage

The median gross income for households in Portage is $54,040 a year, or $4,503 a month. The median rent for the city is $720 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Portage, a household making less than $2,400 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 47.24% of households who rent are overburdened in Portage.

Area Median Income In Portage

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 Portage, the AMI is calculated from all households within Kalamazoo County.

In Portage, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $86,600

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 Portage

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 Portage

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Portage AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$18,200 $20,800 $23,400 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Portage AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$30,350 $34,650 $39,000 $43,300 $46,800 $50,250 $53,700 $57,200
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Portage AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$48,500 $55,400 $62,350 $69,250 $74,800 $80,350 $85,900 $91,450