Affordable Housing In Sterling Heights
Macomb County Michigan

7 Low Income Apartment Communities In Sterling Heights

Autumn Ridge Village

36300 Dequindre Road
Sterling Heights, MI
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1-3 BR

Autumn Woods Townhouses

44401 Bridal Ln
Sterling Heights, MI
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1-3 BR

Urban Homes

13325 E 14 Mile Rd
Sterling Heights, MI

Lakeside Villa

15150 Shoreline Dr
Sterling Heights, MI
Elderly Supportive Housing

Eastpointe Apartments

8280 Chateau Rouge Blvd
Sterling Heights, MI

Schoenherr Towers

37500 Schoenherr Rd
Sterling Heights, MI

Northview Park Apartments

36505 Northview Blvd
Sterling Heights, MI
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There are 7 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 1,357 affordable apartments for rent in Sterling Heights. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 1,157 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Sterling Heights, HUD housing programs support 889 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 200 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Sterling Heights

Housing Authority Programs
Sterling Heights Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Detroit Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Michigan State Housing Development Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Homeownership Voucher; Family Self-sufficiency; Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV)
Plymouth Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD); Family Self-sufficiency; Public Housing; Family Unification Program (FUP)
Ferndale Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Eastpointe Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Sterling Heights, Michigan

Sterling Heights, MI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 7
Total Low Income Apartments 1,357
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 1,157
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 28.24%
Average Renter Household Size 2.23
Total Population 131,139
Housing Units 49,444
Average Household Size 2.63
Median Household Income $60,089 ±$1,796
Median Rent $896 ±$20
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 45.03% ± 3.09pp

Population and Household Demographics

Sterling Heights is a City in Macomb County, Michigan with a population of 131,139. There are 49,444 households in the city with an average household size of 2.63 persons. 28.24% of households in Sterling Heights are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Sterling Heights

The median gross income for households in Sterling Heights is $60,089 a year, or $5,007 a month. The median rent for the city is $896 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Sterling Heights, a household making less than $2,987 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 45.03% of households who rent are overburdened in Sterling Heights.1

Area Median Income In Sterling Heights

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 Sterling Heights, the AMI is calculated from all households within Macomb County.

In Sterling Heights, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $76,300

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 Sterling Heights

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 Sterling Heights HUD Rental Assistance in Sterling Heights

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,050 $18,350 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $26,750 $30,550 $34,350 $38,150 $41,250 $44,300 $47,350 $50,400
80% of Median $42,750 $48,850 $54,950 $61,050 $65,950 $70,850 $75,750 $80,600
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Sterling Heights

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

From 1995 to 1995, 1 low income apartment communities containing 198 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Sterling Heights 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 Sterling Heights

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
60% of Median $32,100 $36,660 $41,220 $45,780 $49,500 $53,160 $56,820 $60,480

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 Sterling Heights is $41,220 a year, or $3,435 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,435 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,031 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% $669 $716 $859 $993 $1,108 $1,222
60% $803 $860 $1,031 $1,191 $1,329 $1,466
Fair Market Rents in Sterling Heights

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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$621 $753 $967 $1,261 $1,371