Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Jefferson County, MT

Discover affordable housing in Jefferson County where there are 2+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

Big Boulder Apartments

501 E 4th Ave, Boulder, Montana 59632

Coachman Court

409 E. Legion Avenue, Whitehall, Montana

Open Until Further Notice

Reported On February 23rd, 2024 by Chris Madden

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Reported On February 23rd, 2024 by Madison Shannahan

Open Until Further Notice

Reported On February 23rd, 2024 by Nathan Brunet

The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Jefferson County, Montana
$13.82 (+346%) more than Montana minimum wage and $10.57 (+146%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve Jefferson County, 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.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing programs for Jefferson County, Montana.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Jefferson County, Montana.

Go to the Montana Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Jefferson County.

How many renters live in Jefferson County, Montana?

The County of Jefferson County has 12,273 people living in 4,681 households.

There are 1,918 renters living in 791 renter households in this County. Renters make up 15.63 percent of the population living in Jefferson County.

What is the rental market like in Jefferson County, Montana?

There are an estimated 5,359 housing units in the Jefferson County area. Of these, 836 units are rental homes, making up 16 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Jefferson County, Montana, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Jefferson County?

The rental vacancy rate in Jefferson County is 2 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

How many rental units are in Jefferson County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Jefferson County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
37 175 209 233 108
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Jefferson County

A large number of apartments in Jefferson County have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in Jefferson County are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 21 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 9 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in Jefferson County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $638 to $1,420. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $638
One BR $716
Two BR $941
Three BR $1,326
Four BR $1,420
2024 Fair Market Rents in Jefferson County, Montana

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Jefferson County?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 24 65 percent
One BR 121 69 percent
Two BR 63 30 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Jefferson County, Montana

How many affordable rental units are in Jefferson County?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Jefferson County, Montana including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 32
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 35
USDA Section 515 Rural Rental Housing 16
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Jefferson County, Montana

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Jefferson County, Montana

Jefferson County features 52 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 Jefferson County, Montana

There are 0 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Jefferson County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Jefferson County, Montana

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Jefferson County landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $200 towards rent in Jefferson County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Jefferson County, Montana for a two-bedroom apartment is between $847 and $1,035.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.