Affordable Housing In Helena
Lewis and Clark County,
Waiting List Openings In Helena
18 Low Income Apartment Communities In Helena
Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Helena, Montana
Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.
Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.
Public Housing Agencies Serving Helena, Montana
|Helena Housing Authority||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing|
|Montana Department of Commerce||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)|
Guide To Affordable Housing in Helena, Montana
There are 18 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,026 affordable apartments for rent in Helena, Montana.
Income Based Apartments in Helena, Montana
Helena features 708 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 Helena, Montana
There are 318 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Helena.
Housing Choice Vouchers in Helena, Montana
On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Helena landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Helena.
The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Helena, Montana for a two-bedroom apartment is between $831 and $1,015.
2022 Helena, Montana 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|
|Helena, Montana Fair Market Rent||$618||$736||$923||$1,206||$1,415|
|Helena, Montana Payment Standard Range||$556 to $680||$662 to $810||$831 to $1,015||$1,085 to $1,327||$1,274 to $1,557|
Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.
Helena, MT Affordable Housing Snapshot
|Total Affordable Apartment Properties||18|
|Total Low Income Apartments||1,026|
|Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance||708|
|Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters||45.48%|
|Average Renter Household Size||2.02|
|Average Household Size||2.14|
|Median Household Income||$49,852 ±$2,682|
|Median Rent||$754 ±$40|
|Percentage Of Renters Overburdened||43.32% ± 5.03pp|
Population and Household Demographics
Helena is a city in Lewis and Clark County, Montana with a population of 29,600. There are 13,095 households in the city with an average household size of 2.14 persons. 45.48% of households in Helena are renters.
Income and Rent Overburden in Helena
The median gross income for households in Helena is $49,852 a year, or $4,154 a month. The median rent for the city is $754 a month.
Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Helena, a household making less than $2,513 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 43.32% of households who rent are overburdened in Helena.
Area Median Income In Helena
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 Helena, the AMI is calculated from all households within Lewis and Clark County.
In Helena, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $89,000
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 Helena
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 Helena
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|30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Helena AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
|50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Helena AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
|80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Helena AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.