Affordable Housing In Essex County
New Jersey

279 Low Income Apartment Communities In Essex County

City View Landing Family

195 W Kinney St
Newark, NJ
$883-1,101
2-4 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Felicity Tower

100 Llewellyn Ave. #105
Bloomfield, NJ
$738-931
Studio-1 BR
Subsidized

St. James AME Tower Apartments

440 Washington Street
Newark, NJ
$805-1,180
1-3 BR
Subsidized

The Willows at Lincoln Park

65 Lincoln Park
Newark, NJ
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Montgomery Height

671 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Newark, NJ
$997-1,355
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

St. Mary's Villa

425 Sanford Avenue
Newark, NJ
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized

The Brookside

777 Springdale Ave.
East Orange, NJ
$721-971
Studio-1 BR

The Willows at Symphony Hall

395 Halsey Street Unit 120
Newark, NJ
Accepts Vouchers

South Orange B'nai B'rith Federation House

219 S Orange Ave
South Orange, NJ
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Jewish Federation Plaza

750 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Housing Authorities that serve Essex County

Housing Authority Programs
State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Other Housing Authorities located in Essex County

Housing Authority Programs
Newark Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Orange Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Irvington Township Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Housing Authority of the City of East Orange Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-Sufficiency
Montclair Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Bloomfield Township HA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
West Orange Public Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Essex County, New Jersey

There are 279 low income housing apartment communities offering 28,445 affordable apartments for rent in Essex County, New Jersey.

Income Based Apartments in Essex County, New Jersey

Essex County features 22,056 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 Essex County, New Jersey

There are 6,299 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Essex County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Essex County, New Jersey

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Essex County landlords $900 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Essex County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Essex County, New Jersey for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,335 and $1,631.

2020 Essex County, New Jersey 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
Fair Market Rent $1,034 $1,218 $1,483 $1,891 $2,236
Payment Standard Range $931 to $1,137 $1,096 to $1,340 $1,335 to $1,631 $1,702 to $2,080 $2,012 to $2,460

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Essex County, NJ Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 279
Total Low Income Apartments 28,445
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 22,056
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 55.46%
Average Renter Household Size 2.52
Average Household Size 2.77
Median Household Income $53,976 ±$899
Median Rent $1,068 ±$8
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 54.09% ± 1.12pp
Total Population 791,609

Population and Household Demographics

Essex County is a County in New Jersey with a population of 791,609. There are 278,085 households in the county with an average household size of 2.77 persons. 55.46% of households in Essex County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Essex County

The median gross income for households in Essex County is $53,976 a year, or $4,498 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,068 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Essex County, a household making less than $3,560 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 54.09% of households who rent are overburdened in Essex County.1

Area Median Income In Essex County

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.

In Essex County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $100,600

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 Essex County

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 Essex County HUD Rental Assistance in Essex County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $21,150 $24,200 $27,200 $30,200 $32,650 $35,050 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $35,250 $40,250 $45,300 $50,300 $54,350 $58,350 $62,400 $66,400
80% of Median $52,850 $60,400 $67,950 $75,500 $81,550 $87,600 $93,650 $99,700

Cities In Essex County

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City Listings Served By
Newark 171 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Newark is the Newark Housing Authority.
East Orange 32 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves East Orange is the Housing Authority of the City of East Orange.
City of Orange 25 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves City of Orange is the Orange Housing Authority.
Bloomfield 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bloomfield is the Bloomfield Township HA.
Irvington 15 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Irvington is the Irvington Township Housing Authority.
West Orange 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Orange is the West Orange Public Housing Agency.
Nutley 5
Maplewood 3
West Caldwell 1
South Orange 2
Livingston 1
Verona 2
Montclair 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Montclair is the Montclair Housing Authority.
Belleville 3
South Orange Village 0
Caldwell 1
Glen Ridge 1
Maplewood Township 0
Cedar Grove 1
Bellevilleship 0
Bloomfieldship 0
Brookdale 0
Cedar Groveship 0
Essex Fells 0
Fairfield 0
Irvingtonship 0
Livingstonship 0
Maplewoodship 0
Millburn 0
Montclairship 0
North Caldwell 0
Nutleyship 0
Roseland 0
Short Hills 0
Silver Lake 0
South Orange Villageship 0
Upper Montclair 0
Veronaship 0
West Caldwellship 0
West Orangeship 0