Affordable Housing In Jersey City
Hudson County New Jersey

90 Low Income Apartment Communities In Jersey City

Berry Gardens

199 Ocean Ave
Jersey City, NJ
Income Based
Studio-2 BR

Woodward Terrace

148 Bramhall Ave.
Jersey City, NJ
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Pacific Court

226 Pacific Ave
Jersey City, NJ
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Dr Lena Francis Edwards Apartments

455 Ocean Avenue
Jersey City, NJ
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

The Willows Gloria Robinson

348 Duncan Ave
Jersey City, NJ
HCV Welcome

Glennview Townhouses

463 Pacific Ave
Jersey City, NJ
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Birchwood at Fairmount Hotel

2595 Kennedy Blvd
Jersey City, NJ
Call For Rent
Studio BR
HCV Welcome

The Willows at Salem Lafayette

4 Madison Ave
Jersey City, NJ
VASH Welcome

Paulus Hook Towers

100 Montgomery St
Jersey City, NJ

Montgomery Gardens

200 Colden St
Jersey City, NJ
Call For Rent
1-4 BR

There are 90 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 9,596 affordable apartments for rent in Jersey City. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 7,242 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Jersey City, HUD housing programs support 3,340 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 2,354 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Jersey City

Housing Authority Programs
Jersey City Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Public Housing Homeownership; Family Self-sufficiency
Jersey City Episcopal Cdc Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Jersey City, New Jersey

Jersey City, NJ Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 90
Total Low Income Apartments 9,596
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 7,242
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 71.08%
Average Renter Household Size 2.50
Total Population 259,651
Housing Units 99,058
Average Household Size 2.59
Median Household Income $59,537 ±$2,025
Median Rent $1,198 ±$15
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 45.25% ± 1.57pp

Population and Household Demographics

Jersey City is a City in Hudson County, New Jersey with a population of 259,651. There are 99,058 households in the city with an average household size of 2.59 persons. 71.08% of households in Jersey City are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Jersey City

The median gross income for households in Jersey City is $59,537 a year, or $4,961 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,198 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Jersey City, a household making less than $3,993 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 45.25% of households who rent are overburdened in Jersey City.1

Area Median Income In Jersey City

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 Jersey City, the AMI is calculated from all households within Hudson County.

In Jersey City, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $70,600

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 Jersey City

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 Jersey City HUD Rental Assistance in Jersey City

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $19,250 $22,000 $24,750 $27,500 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $32,100 $36,700 $41,300 $45,850 $49,550 $53,200 $56,900 $60,550
80% of Median $51,350 $58,700 $66,050 $73,350 $79,250 $85,100 $91,000 $96,850
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Jersey City

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

From 1993 to 2011, 33 low income apartment communities containing 2,245 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Jersey City 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 Jersey City

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
60% of Median $38,520 $44,040 $49,560 $55,020 $59,460 $63,840 $68,280 $72,660

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 Jersey City is $49,560 a year, or $4,130 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,130 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,239 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% $803 $860 $1,033 $1,193 $1,330 $1,468
60% $963 $1,032 $1,239 $1,431 $1,596 $1,762
Fair Market Rents in Jersey City

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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$1,178 $1,322 $1,573 $1,971 $2,126