Affordable Housing In Essex County
New Jersey

287 Low Income Apartment Communities In Essex County

Stephen Crane Elderly NJ2-22C

900 Franklin Ave
Newark, New Jersey
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62+

Otto E. Kretchmer Elderly NJ2-21A

991 Frelinghuysen Ave
Newark, New Jersey
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Accessible
62+

Century 21

724 Hunterdon Street
Newark, New Jersey

Bradley Court I

46 N. Munn Ave
Newark, New Jersey

Chadwick Avenue Village

201 Chadwick Ave
Newark, New Jersey

Claremont

553 S 17th St
Newark, New Jersey

Janice Cromer Village

289 Broadway
Newark, New Jersey

Millennium Way

69 Elizabeth Avenue
Newark, New Jersey

Oak Brook Square

239 West Bigelow Street
Newark, New Jersey

Oscar Miles Village

182 Court St
Newark, New Jersey

Housing Authorities that serve Essex County

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Essex County, New Jersey

There are 287 low income housing apartment communities offering 29,175 affordable apartments for rent in Essex County, New Jersey.

Income Based Apartments in Essex County, New Jersey

Essex County features 22,487 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 6,587 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 $1,479 and $1,807.

2021 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 $1,358 $1,643 $2,096 $2,498
Essex County, New Jersey Payment Standard Range $1,016 to $1,242 $1,222 to $1,494 $1,479 to $1,807 $1,886 to $2,306 $2,248 to $2,748

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Essex County, NJ Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 287
Total Low Income Apartments 29,175
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 22,487
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 $107,400

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.
$22,550 $25,800 $29,000 $32,200 $34,800 $37,400 $40,120 $44,660
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.
$37,600 $43,000 $48,350 $53,700 $58,000 $62,300 $66,600 $70,900
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.
$55,950 $63,950 $71,950 $79,900 $86,300 $92,700 $99,100 $105,500

Cities In Essex County

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City Served By
Belleville The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Belleville is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Bellevilleship The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bellevilleship is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Bloomfield The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Bloomfield are the Bloomfield Township HA and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Bloomfieldship The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bloomfieldship is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Brookdale The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Brookdale is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Caldwell The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Caldwell is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Cedar Grove The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cedar Grove is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Cedar Groveship The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cedar Groveship is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
City of Orange The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve City of Orange are the Orange Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
East Orange The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve East Orange are the Housing Authority of the City of East Orange and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Essex Fells The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Essex Fells is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Fairfield The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fairfield is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Glen Ridge The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Glen Ridge is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Irvington The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Irvington are the Irvington Township Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Irvingtonship The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Irvingtonship is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Livingston The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Livingston is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Livingstonship The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Livingstonship is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Maplewood The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Maplewood is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Maplewood Township The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Maplewood Township is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Maplewoodship The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Maplewoodship is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Millburn The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Millburn is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Montclair The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Montclair are the Montclair Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Montclairship The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Montclairship is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Newark The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Newark are the Newark Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
North Caldwell The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves North Caldwell is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Nutley The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Nutley is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Nutleyship The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Nutleyship is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Roseland The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Roseland is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Short Hills The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Short Hills is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Silver Lake The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Silver Lake is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
South Orange The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves South Orange is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
South Orange Village The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves South Orange Village is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
South Orange Villageship The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves South Orange Villageship is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Upper Montclair The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Upper Montclair is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Verona The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Verona is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Veronaship The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Veronaship is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
West Caldwell The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Caldwell is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
West Caldwellship The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Caldwellship is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
West Orange The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve West Orange are the West Orange Public Housing Agency and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
West Orangeship The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Orangeship is the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.