Affordable Housing In Kansas City
Jackson County, Missouri

Kansas City city limits extend into  Cass CountyJackson CountyPlatte County,  and  Clay County.

Housing Authorities that serve Kansas City

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of Kansas City Missouri Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Other Housing Authorities located in Kansas City

Housing Authority Programs
Community Housing Network Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Kansas City, Missouri

There are 324 low income housing apartment communities offering 19,810 affordable apartments for rent in Kansas City, Missouri.

Income Based Apartments in Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City features 9,351 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 Kansas City, Missouri

There are 10,459 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Kansas City.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Kansas City, Missouri

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

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

2020 Kansas City, 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.

Kansas City, MO Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 324
Total Low Income Apartments 19,810
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 9,351
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 45.58%
Average Renter Household Size 2.18
Average Household Size 2.35
Median Household Income $45,821 ±$763
Median Rent $806 ±$8
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.58% ± 1.51pp
Total Population 467,990

Population and Household Demographics

Kansas City is a City in Jackson County, Missouri with a population of 467,990. There are 195,033 households in the city with an average household size of 2.35 persons. 45.58% of households in Kansas City are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Kansas City

The median gross income for households in Kansas City is $45,821 a year, or $3,818 a month. The median rent for the city is $806 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Kansas City, a household making less than $2,687 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46.58% of households who rent are overburdened in Kansas City.1

Area Median Income In Kansas City

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

In Kansas City, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $82,700

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 Kansas City

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 Kansas City

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $17,400 $19,850 $22,350 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $28,950 $33,100 $37,250 $41,350 $44,700 $48,000 $51,300 $54,600
80% of Median $46,350 $52,950 $59,550 $66,150 $71,450 $76,750 $82,050 $87,350