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Affordable Housing In Benton County

14 Low Income Apartment Communities In Benton County

Gilmanor Apartments

10475 Golden Spike Rd
Gilman, Minnesota
1-2 BR

Dewey Place

455 Dewey St
Foley, Minnesota
Income Based
1-2 BR

Foley Square Apartments

153 4th Ave S
Foley, Minnesota
1-2 BR

Catherine Square Apartments

111 4th Ave S
Foley, Minnesota
1-3 BR

Russell Arms Apartments

315 Division St
Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
Call For Rent
1 BR

Pine Street Apartments

280 Pine St
Foley, Minnesota
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Shepherd Oak West Good Shepherd Luth Hm

220 13th St N
Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
Elderly Supportive Housing

Good Shepherd Homes

1211 4th Ave N
Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
Elderly Supportive Housing

Shepherd Oak Apartments

310 13th St N
Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
Elderly Supportive Housing

North Meadows Apartments - - Sauk Rapids

1215 2nd Ave N
Sauk Rapids, Minnesota

Guide To Affordable Housing in Benton County, Minnesota

There are 14 low income housing apartment communities offering 515 affordable apartments for rent in Benton County, Minnesota.

Income Based Apartments in Benton County, Minnesota

Benton County features 309 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 Benton County, Minnesota

There are 206 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Benton County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Benton County, Minnesota

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Benton County landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Benton County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Benton County, Minnesota for a two-bedroom apartment is between $724 and $884.

2020 Benton County, Minnesota 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
Fair Market Rent $605 $657 $804 $1,151 $1,370
Payment Standard Range $545 to $666 $591 to $723 $724 to $884 $1,036 to $1,266 $1,233 to $1,507

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Benton County, MN Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 14
Total Low Income Apartments 515
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 309
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 29.74%
Average Renter Household Size 2.00
Average Household Size 2.45
Median Household Income $52,178 ±$2,429
Median Rent $648 ±$21
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.47% ± 6.01pp
Total Population 39,221

Population and Household Demographics

Benton County is a county in Minnesota with a population of 39,221. There are 15,632 households in the county with an average household size of 2.45 persons. 29.74% of households in Benton County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Benton County

The median gross income for households in Benton County is $52,178 a year, or $4,348 a month. The median rent for the county is $648 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Benton County, a household making less than $2,160 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.47% of households who rent are overburdened in Benton County.

Area Median Income In Benton 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 Benton County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $81,200

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 Benton 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.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Benton County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $17,050 $19,500 $21,950 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $28,450 $32,500 $36,550 $40,600 $43,850 $47,100 $50,350 $53,600
80% of Median $45,500 $52,000 $58,500 $64,950 $70,150 $75,350 $80,550 $85,750

Cities In Benton County

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Granite Ledge
Mayhew Lake
Sauk Rapids
Sauk Rapidsship
St. George