Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Ramsey County, MN

Discover affordable housing in Ramsey County where there are 348+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

Mt. Airy Homes

91 E Arch St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55130

bed 2-5

Valley Hi-Rise

261 E University Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55130

bed Studio-1

Mount Airy Hi-Rise

200 E Arch St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55130

bed 1-2

Mcdonough Homes

1544 Timberlake Road, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55117

bed 1-5

Roosevelt Homes

1575 Ames Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106

bed 1-4

Exchange Hi - Rise

10 Exchange St W, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102

bed 1

Ravoux Hi - Rise

280 Ravoux St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55103

bed 1

Edgerton Hi - Rise

1000 Edgerton St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55130

bed 1

Hamline Hi - Rise

777 Hamline Ave N, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104

bed 1

Birch Glen Apartments

3100 Ariel St N, Maplewood, Minnesota 55109

bed 2
payment $1445/mo.

1690 MN-36

1690 MN-36, Roseville, Minnesota 55113

bed 2
payment $1485/mo.

879 Galtier St

879 Galtier St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55117

bed 3
payment $1850/mo.

888 Concordia Ave

888 Concordia Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104

bed 3
payment $1998/mo.

1819 Marshall Ave

1819 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104

bed 1
payment $1300/mo.

833 Marshall Ave Unit B

833 Marshall Ave Unit B, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104

bed 2
payment $1495/mo.

1022 Manvel St

1022 Manvel St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114

bed 2
payment $1400/mo.

443 Edmund Ave W

443 Edmund Ave W, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55103

bed 3
payment $2000/mo.

1338 East 7th St Unit 12

1338 East 7th St Unit 12, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106

bed 1
payment $875/mo.

1621 7th St W

1621 7th St W, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102

bed 2
payment $1400/mo.

1511 7th St W

1511 7th St W, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102

bed 2
payment $1400/mo.

How To Identify Affordable Housing in Ramsey County, Minnesota

Look for program and preference badges on affordable apartment listings. These badges can help you identify the types of low income housing each apartment offers and if you may be eligbile for rental assistance or reduced rents.

Badge Description
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
Low income apartments with no or short waiting lists.
payment Subsidized
Low income housing where the rent is subsidized and the renter pays only a portion of total rent.
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
Apartments that accept Section 8 vouchers near you
elderly Senior
Rental housing for seniors who are 55 (or sometimes 62) and older.
payment Income Based
Affordable apartments where the rent paid is based on renter income.
accessibility Accessible
Meets Accessibilty Requirements of the Fair Housing Act, the ADA, or HUD policy.
accessible_forward Disability
Apartments for individuals or families with disabilities.
The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Ramsey County, Minnesota
$21.87 (+247%) more than Minnesota minimum wage and $23.47 (+324%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve Ramsey County, Minnesota?

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.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing programs for Ramsey County, Minnesota.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Ramsey County, Minnesota.

Go to the Minnesota Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Ramsey County.

How many renters live in Ramsey County, Minnesota?

The County of Ramsey County has 536,413 people living in 221,871 households.

There are 174,063 renters living in 85,627 renter households in this County. Renters make up 32.45 percent of the population living in Ramsey County.

What is the rental market like in Ramsey County, Minnesota?

There are an estimated 234,820 housing units in the Ramsey County area. Of these, 92,355 units are rental homes, making up 39 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Ramsey County, Minnesota, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Ramsey County?

The rental vacancy rate in Ramsey County is 6 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

How many rental units are in Ramsey County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Ramsey County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
6,517 33,318 31,445 9,740 3,598
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Ramsey County

A large number of apartments in Ramsey County have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in Ramsey County are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 51 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 27 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in Ramsey County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $1,174 to $2,478. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $1,174
One BR $1,327
Two BR $1,622
Three BR $2,188
Four BR $2,478
2024 Fair Market Rents in Ramsey County, Minnesota

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Ramsey County?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 4,248 65 percent
One BR 22,177 67 percent
Two BR 19,039 61 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Ramsey County, Minnesota

How many affordable rental units are in Ramsey County?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Ramsey County, Minnesota including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 11,005
Public Housing 431
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 8,193
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 453
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 71
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Ramsey County, Minnesota

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Ramsey County, Minnesota

Ramsey County features 14,530 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 Ramsey County, Minnesota

There are 9,695 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Ramsey County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Ramsey County, Minnesota

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Ramsey County landlords $800 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Ramsey County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Ramsey County, Minnesota for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,460 and $1,784.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.