Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Washoe County, NV

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The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Washoe County, Nevada
$19.71 (+192%) more than Nevada minimum wage and $22.71 (+313%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve Washoe County, Nevada?

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, Moving to Work, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV) programs for Washoe County, Nevada.

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

How many renters live in Washoe County, Nevada?

The County of Washoe County has 496,745 people living in 198,684 households.

There are 182,903 renters living in 78,935 renter households in this County. Renters make up 36.82 percent of the population living in Washoe County.

What is the rental market like in Washoe County, Nevada?

There are an estimated 218,193 housing units in the Washoe County area. Of these, 85,155 units are rental homes, making up 39 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Washoe County, Nevada, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Washoe County?

The rental vacancy rate in Washoe County is 6 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 Washoe County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Washoe County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
8,675 18,481 29,040 17,155 4,527
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Washoe County

A large number of apartments in Washoe 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 Washoe County are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 55 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 27 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 Washoe County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $1,072 to $2,669. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $1,072
One BR $1,257
Two BR $1,582
Three BR $2,229
Four BR $2,669
2024 Fair Market Rents in Washoe County, Nevada

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Washoe 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 4,182 48 percent
One BR 8,628 47 percent
Two BR 13,677 47 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Washoe County, Nevada

How many affordable rental units are in Washoe County?

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

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 6,868
Public Housing 751
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 1,303
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 95
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 44
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Washoe County, Nevada

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

Income Based Apartments in Washoe County, Nevada

Washoe County features 1,600 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 Washoe County, Nevada

There are 5,605 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Washoe County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Washoe County, Nevada

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Washoe County, Nevada for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,424 and $1,740.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.