Affordable Housing In Watertown
Carver County, Minnesota

3 Low Income Apartment Communities In Watertown

Riverside Apartments

210 Territorial St
Watertown, MN
$878
1 BR
HCV Welcome

Waters Edge Townhomes

818 County Road 24
Watertown, MN
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Halter Hyland

101 Angel Ave SW
Watertown, MN
HCV Welcome
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There are 3 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 60 affordable apartments for rent in Watertown. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 0 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Watertown, HUD housing programs support 0 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 60 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Watertown

Housing Authority Programs
Metropolitan Council Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Carver County Community Development Agency Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Watertown, Minnesota

Watertown, MN Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 60
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 0
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 22.81%
Average Renter Household Size 1.73
Total Population 4,257
Housing Units 1,749
Average Household Size 2.40
Median Household Income $53,789 ±$12,117
Median Rent $672 ±$186
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 66.67% ± 27.33pp

Population and Household Demographics

Watertown is a City in Carver County, Minnesota with a population of 4,257. There are 1,749 households in the city with an average household size of 2.40 persons. 22.81% of households in Watertown are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Watertown

The median gross income for households in Watertown is $53,789 a year, or $4,482 a month. The median rent for the city is $672 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Watertown, a household making less than $2,240 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 66.67% of households who rent are overburdened in Watertown.1

Area Median Income In Watertown

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 Watertown, the AMI is calculated from all households within Carver County.

In Watertown, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $100,000

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 Watertown

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 Watertown HUD Rental Assistance in Watertown

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $21,000 $24,000 $27,000 $30,000 $32,400 $34,800 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $35,000 $40,000 $45,000 $50,000 $54,000 $58,000 $62,000 $66,000
80% of Median $52,850 $60,400 $67,950 $75,500 $81,550 $87,600 $93,650 $99,700
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Watertown

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

From 1987 to 2000, 3 low income apartment communities containing 58 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Watertown 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 Watertown

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $35,000 $40,000 $45,000 $50,000 $54,000 $58,000 $62,000 $66,000
60% of Median $42,000 $48,000 $54,000 $60,000 $64,800 $69,600 $74,400 $79,200

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 Watertown is $54,000 a year, or $4,500 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,500 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,350 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% $875 $938 $1,125 $1,300 $1,450 $1,600
60% $1,050 $1,125 $1,350 $1,560 $1,740 $1,920
Fair Market Rents in Watertown

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
$763 $915 $1,151 $1,636 $1,923