Affordable Housing In Mercer County
96 Low Income Apartment Communities In Mercer County
Housing Authorities that serve Mercer County
|State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)|
Other Housing Authorities located in Mercer County
|Trenton Housing Authority||Public Housing|
|Princeton Housing Authority||Public Housing|
|Hightstown Housing Authority||Public Housing|
|Hamilton Township Housing Authority||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)|
|N.j. Hsg. And Mortgage Finance Agcy||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)|
Guide To Affordable Housing in Mercer County, New Jersey
There are 96 low income housing apartment communities offering 7,633 affordable apartments for rent in Mercer County, New Jersey. Mercer County features 5,197 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 2,233 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Mercer County.
Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.
Mercer County, NJ Affordable Housing Snapshot
|Total Affordable Apartment Properties||96|
|Total Low Income Apartments||7,633|
|Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance||5,197|
|Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters||35.62%|
|Average Renter Household Size||2.51|
|Average Household Size||2.69|
|Median Household Income||$72,804 ±$1,555|
|Median Rent||$1,132 ±$14|
|Percentage Of Renters Overburdened||50.08% ± 2.05pp|
Population and Household Demographics
Mercer County is a County in New Jersey with a population of 370,212. There are 130,546 households in the county with an average household size of 2.69 persons. 35.62% of households in Mercer County are renters.
Income and Rent Overburden in Mercer County
The median gross income for households in Mercer County is $72,804 a year, or $6,067 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,132 a month.
Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Mercer County, a household making less than $3,773 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 50.08% of households who rent are overburdened in Mercer County.1
Area Median Income In Mercer 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 Mercer County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $105,800
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 Mercer 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 Mercer County HUD Rental Assistance in Mercer County
|Income||1 Person||2 Person||3 Person||4 Person||5 Person||6 Person||7 Person||8 Person|
|30% of Median||$22,250||$25,400||$28,600||$31,750||$34,300||$36,850||$39,400||$43,430|
|50% of Median||$37,050||$42,350||$47,650||$52,900||$57,150||$61,400||$65,600||$69,850|
|80% of Median||$52,850||$60,400||$67,950||$75,500||$81,550||$87,600||$93,650||$99,700|
Fair Market Rents in Mercer County
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.
2020 Fair Market Rents
|Studio||One BR||Two BR||Three BR||Four BR|
Cities In Mercer County
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