Affordable Housing In Rochester
Strafford County, New Hampshire

12 Low Income Apartment Communities In Rochester

Rochester East

33 Highland St
Rochester, NH
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized

Brookside Place

Punch Brook Way
Rochester, NH
Income Based
2 BR
HCV Welcome

Mayor Roland Roberge Manor

45 Mayor Roland Roberge Mnr
Rochester, NH
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Chaplin Adrien Chasse Village

11 Adrien Cir
Rochester, NH
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Arthur H. Nickless Jr. Housing for the Elderly

19 Glenwood Ave
Rochester, NH
HCV Welcome

Laurel Terrace

21 McKinley St
Rochester, NH
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Rochester Transitional Housing

29 Chestnut St
Rochester, NH
HCV Welcome

Wellsweep Acres

11 Felker St
Rochester, NH

Cold Spring II

31 Emerson Ave
Rochester, NH
HCV Welcome

Punch Brook Brookside Place

6 Punch Brook Way
Rochester, NH
HCV Welcome

Housing Authorities that serve Rochester

Housing Authority Programs
Rochester Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Rochester, New Hampshire

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 12 low income housing apartment communities offering 672 affordable apartments for rent in Rochester, New Hampshire. Rochester features 421 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 251 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Rochester.

Rochester, NH Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 12
Total Low Income Apartments 672
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 421
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 35.61%
Average Renter Household Size 2.14
Average Household Size 2.33
Median Household Income $46,979 ±$2,403
Median Rent $901 ±$35
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.94% ± 5.79pp
Total Population 29,954

Population and Household Demographics

Rochester is a City in Strafford County, New Hampshire with a population of 29,954. There are 12,760 households in the city with an average household size of 2.33 persons. 35.61% of households in Rochester are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Rochester

The median gross income for households in Rochester is $46,979 a year, or $3,915 a month. The median rent for the city is $901 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Rochester, a household making less than $3,003 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.94% of households who rent are overburdened in Rochester.1

Area Median Income In Rochester

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 Rochester, the AMI is calculated from all households within Strafford County.

In Rochester, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $94,300

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 Rochester

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 Rochester HUD Rental Assistance in Rochester

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $19,850 $22,650 $25,500 $28,300 $30,600 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $33,050 $37,750 $42,450 $47,150 $50,950 $54,700 $58,500 $62,250
80% of Median $52,850 $60,400 $67,950 $75,450 $81,500 $87,550 $93,600 $99,600
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Rochester

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

From 1996 to 2007, 5 low income apartment communities containing 219 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Rochester 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 Rochester

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $33,050 $37,750 $42,450 $47,150 $50,950 $54,700 $58,500 $62,250
60% of Median $39,660 $45,300 $50,940 $56,580 $61,140 $65,640 $70,200 $74,700

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 Rochester is $50,940 a year, or $4,245 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,245 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,274 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% $826 $885 $1,061 $1,226 $1,368 $1,509
60% $992 $1,062 $1,274 $1,472 $1,641 $1,811
Fair Market Rents in Rochester

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
$1,000 $1,029 $1,315 $1,795 $2,212