There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Essex County. Go to the New Jersey Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near Essex County.
There are 7,829 low-income apartments in Essex County that offer reduced rents to eligible households. Low-income rents in Essex County, New Jersey can range from $721 to $1,355 depending on the number of bedrooms.
Rental assistance programs support 22,480 low-income homes in Essex County where households pay rent based on how much they earn. For 2023, elgible households participating in federally assisted housing pay an average of $407 towards rent each month.
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.
|State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)|
Essex County features 22,480 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.
There are 7,829 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Essex County.
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 $1,445 and $1,767.
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|
|Essex County, New Jersey Fair Market Rent||$1,129||$1,338||$1,606||$2,038||$2,394|
|Essex County, New Jersey Payment Standard Range||$1,016 to $1,242||$1,204 to $1,472||$1,445 to $1,767||$1,834 to $2,242||$2,155 to $2,633|
Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.
|Total Affordable Apartment Properties||294|
|Total Low Income Apartments||30,410|
|Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance||22,480|
|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|
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.
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.
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 $115,000
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 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.
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|30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Essex County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
|50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Essex County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
|80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Essex County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.