Affordable Housing In Kansas City
Jackson County, Missouri

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

329 Low Income Apartment Communities In Kansas City

Alexandria Apartments

1328 E Armour Blvd
Kansas City, MO
Subsidized

Destiny Towers

4537 N Bennington Ave
Kansas City, MO
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Cathedral Square Towers

444 W 12th St
Kansas City, MO
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Westport House

4020 Mill St
Kansas City, MO
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Ivanhoe Gateway at 39th

2420 Linwood Blvd
Kansas City, MO
62+
HCV Welcome

Parvin Estates

4033 N Bellaire Ave
Kansas City, MO
Subsidized

Wornall Estates

13201 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO
Subsidized

Nba Cole Place

11301 Grandview Rd
Kansas City, MO
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Penn Place

3915 Pennsylvania Ave
Kansas City, MO
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Rosewood Apartments

3251 Forest Ave
Kansas City, MO
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
Subsidized

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 329 low income housing apartment communities offering 20,380 affordable apartments for rent in Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City features 9,351 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 11,029 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Kansas City.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Kansas City, MO Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 329
Total Low Income Apartments 20,380
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 Kansas City 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
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Kansas City

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

From 1987 to 2012, 342 low income apartment communities containing 12,516 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Kansas City 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 Kansas City

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $28,950 $33,100 $37,250 $41,350 $44,700 $48,000 $51,300 $54,600
60% of Median $34,740 $39,720 $44,700 $49,620 $53,640 $57,600 $61,560 $65,520

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 Kansas City is $44,700 a year, or $3,725 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,725 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,118 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% $724 $776 $931 $1,076 $1,200 $1,324
60% $869 $931 $1,118 $1,291 $1,440 $1,589
Fair Market Rents in Kansas City

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.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$678 $813 $978 $1,314 $1,490