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Affordable Housing In Rochester
Olmsted County, Minnesota

40 Low Income Apartment Communities In Rochester

Douglas Trail Townhomes

5041 Weatherstone Cir NW
Rochester, Minnesota
2-3 BR

Rolling Ridge Townhomes

851 Rolling Ridge Ave SE
Rochester, Minnesota
2-3 BR

The Square On 31st

310 31st St NE
Rochester, Minnesota
Income Based
Studio-2 BR

The Meadows

11th Avenue Southeast
Rochester, Minnesota
1-3 BR

Ashland Place Apartments

1990 Ashland Drive Northwest
Rochester, Minnesota
1-3 BR

Harvestview Place Apartments

5067, 55th Street Northwest
Rochester, Minnesota
1-3 BR

River Glen Apartments

Sandbar Court Northeast
Rochester, Minnesota
1-3 BR

Sunrise Townhomes

2816 59th St NW
Rochester, Minnesota
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Bandel Hills Townhomes

5920 Bandel Rd NW
Rochester, Minnesota
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Cascade Creek

421 6th Ave NW
Rochester, Minnesota
1-3 BR

Housing Authorities that serve Rochester

Housing Authority Programs
Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Rochester, Minnesota

There are 40 low income housing apartment communities offering 2,404 affordable apartments for rent in Rochester, Minnesota.

Income Based Apartments in Rochester, Minnesota

Rochester features 1,322 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 Rochester, Minnesota

There are 1,027 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Rochester.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Rochester, Minnesota

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Rochester landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in Rochester.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Rochester, Minnesota for a two-bedroom apartment is between $913 and $1,115.

2021 Rochester, 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
Rochester, Minnesota Fair Market Rent $673 $789 $1,014 $1,447 $1,756
Rochester, Minnesota Payment Standard Range $606 to $740 $710 to $868 $913 to $1,115 $1,302 to $1,592 $1,580 to $1,932

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Rochester, MN Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 40
Total Low Income Apartments 2,404
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,322
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 30.52%
Average Renter Household Size 2.14
Average Household Size 2.46
Median Household Income $64,554 ±$1,618
Median Rent $823 ±$31
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.47% ± 3.3pp
Total Population 110,275

Population and Household Demographics

Rochester is a city in Olmsted County, Minnesota with a population of 110,275. There are 43,634 households in the city with an average household size of 2.46 persons. 30.52% of households in Rochester are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Rochester

The median gross income for households in Rochester is $64,554 a year, or $5,380 a month. The median rent for the city is $823 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Rochester, a household making less than $2,743 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46.47% of households who rent are overburdened in Rochester.

Area Median Income In Rochester

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 Rochester, the AMI is calculated from all households within Olmsted County.

In Rochester, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $99,700

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 Rochester

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 Rochester

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Rochester AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$20,950 $23,950 $26,950 $29,900 $32,300 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Rochester AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$34,900 $39,900 $44,900 $49,850 $53,850 $57,850 $61,850 $65,850
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Rochester AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$55,850 $63,800 $71,800 $79,750 $86,150 $92,550 $98,900 $105,300