Affordable Housing In Essex County
New Jersey

Affordable Housing programs support 22,480 income based apartments in Essex County where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 7,697 affordable apartments in Essex County that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Essex County, New Jersey

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.

The Willows at Symphony Hall

395 Halsey Street Unit 120
Newark, New Jersey
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

City View Landing Family

195 W Kinney St
Newark, New Jersey
$883-1,101
2-4 BR

Felicity Tower

100 Llewellyn Ave. #105
Bloomfield, New Jersey
$738-931
Studio-1 BR
Rent Assisted

Georgia King Village

250 Georgia King Vlg
Newark, New Jersey
$1,192-2,036
1-5 BR
Rent Assisted

Spruce Spires

100 Spruce St
Newark, New Jersey
Call For Rent
1-5 BR
Rent Assisted

Grace West Manor Apartments

301 Irvine Turner Blvd
Newark, New Jersey
$1,294-2,133
Studio-4 BR
Rent Assisted
Affordable

Montgomery Heights

671 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Newark, New Jersey
$997-1,355
1-3 BR
Rent Assisted

The Willows at Lincoln Park

65 Lincoln Park
Newark, New Jersey
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Affordable

Walter G. Alexander Village II

97 Wilson Pl
City of Orange, New Jersey
Call For Rent
1 BR

Walker House

540 Broad St
Newark, New Jersey
$1,895-3,800
Studio-3 BR
Affordable
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Affordable Housing In Essex County

View affordable apartments and waiting lists in cities near Essex County

City Apartments
Affordable Housing In Belleville, NJ Affordable Housing programs support 3 apartment communities in Belleville.
Affordable Housing In Bloomfield, NJ Affordable Housing programs support 4 apartment communities in Bloomfield.
Affordable Housing In Caldwell, NJ Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Caldwell.
Affordable Housing In Cedar Grove, NJ Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Cedar Grove.
Affordable Housing In City of Orange, NJ Affordable Housing programs support 25 apartment communities in City of Orange.
Affordable Housing In East Orange, NJ Affordable Housing programs support 33 apartment communities in East Orange.
Affordable Housing In Glen Ridge, NJ Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Glen Ridge.
Affordable Housing In Irvington, NJ Affordable Housing programs support 17 apartment communities in Irvington.
Affordable Housing In Livingston, NJ Affordable Housing programs support 2 apartment communities in Livingston.
Affordable Housing In Maplewood, NJ Affordable Housing programs support 4 apartment communities in Maplewood.
Affordable Housing In Montclair, NJ Affordable Housing programs support 5 apartment communities in Montclair.
Affordable Housing In Newark, NJ Affordable Housing programs support 180 apartment communities in Newark.
Affordable Housing In Nutley, NJ Affordable Housing programs support 4 apartment communities in Nutley.
Affordable Housing In South Orange, NJ Affordable Housing programs support 2 apartment communities in South Orange.
Affordable Housing In Verona, NJ Affordable Housing programs support 2 apartment communities in Verona.
Affordable Housing In West Caldwell, NJ Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in West Caldwell.
Affordable Housing In West Orange, NJ Affordable Housing programs support 7 apartment communities in West Orange.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Essex County, New Jersey

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.

Housing Authority Programs
State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Go to the New Jersey Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Essex County.

Essex County, New Jersey Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Essex County, New Jersey

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.

Low Rent Apartments in Essex County, New Jersey

There are 7,697 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 $1,445 and $1,767.

2023 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
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.

Essex County, NJ Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 292
Total Low Income Apartments 30,278
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
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.

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 $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 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 HUD Rental Assistance in Essex County

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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.
$24,150 $27,600 $31,050 $34,500 $37,300 $40,050 $42,800 $46,630
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.
$40,250 $46,000 $51,750 $57,500 $62,100 $66,700 $71,300 $75,900
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.
$62,600 $71,550 $80,500 $89,400 $96,600 $103,750 $110,900 $118,050