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Affordable Housing In Independence
Jackson County, Missouri

27 Low Income Apartment Communities In Independence

Grandview Estates Apartments

125 N Ward Rd
Independence, Missouri
Call For Rent
2 BR
Accepts Vouchers
62+

Brookstone Village

1900 S Brookstone Village Dr
Independence, Missouri
$725-1,050
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Heritage House Apartments

660 North Spring Street
Independence, Missouri
Call For Rent
1 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Hawthorne Place

16995 E. Dover Lane
Independence, Missouri
$508-840
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Heritage House

660 N Spring St
Independence, Missouri
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized

Fairmount Plaza Apartments

615 S Huttig Ave
Independence, Missouri
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Samantha Heights

130 E College St
Independence, Missouri
Subsidized

Special Neighbors

1215 W Truman Rd
Independence, Missouri
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Independent Residential Services

1720 S Swope Dr
Independence, Missouri
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Olde Oak Tree Apartments

13975 E 35th St S
Independence, Missouri
Subsidized
Accepts Vouchers

Housing Authorities that serve Independence

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of Independence Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Independence, Missouri

There are 27 low income housing apartment communities offering 2,821 affordable apartments for rent in Independence, Missouri.

Income Based Apartments in Independence, Missouri

Independence features 2,069 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 Independence, Missouri

There are 752 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Independence.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Independence, Missouri

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Independence landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Independence.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Independence, Missouri for a two-bedroom apartment is between $880 and $1,076.

2020 Independence, Missouri 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 $678 $813 $978 $1,314 $1,490
Payment Standard Range $610 to $746 $732 to $894 $880 to $1,076 $1,183 to $1,445 $1,341 to $1,639

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Independence, MO Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 27
Total Low Income Apartments 2,821
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 2,069
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 36.56%
Average Renter Household Size 2.26
Average Household Size 2.40
Median Household Income $43,472 ±$1,322
Median Rent $775 ±$13
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 48.17% ± 3.21pp
Total Population 117,192

Population and Household Demographics

Independence is a city in Jackson County, Missouri with a population of 117,192. There are 48,313 households in the city with an average household size of 2.40 persons. 36.56% of households in Independence are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Independence

The median gross income for households in Independence is $43,472 a year, or $3,623 a month. The median rent for the city is $775 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Independence, a household making less than $2,583 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 48.17% of households who rent are overburdened in Independence.

Area Median Income In Independence

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 Independence, the AMI is calculated from all households within Jackson County.

In Independence, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $86,000

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 Independence

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 Independence

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $18,100 $20,650 $23,250 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $30,100 $34,400 $38,700 $43,000 $46,450 $49,900 $53,350 $56,800
80% of Median $48,200 $55,050 $61,950 $68,800 $74,350 $79,850 $85,350 $90,850