Affordable Housing In Princeton
Mercer County, New Jersey

5 Low Income Apartment Communities In Princeton

Redding Circle

61 Clay St
Princeton, New Jersey


76 1/2 LINDEN LN
Princeton, New Jersey
Supportive Housing

Karin Court 490

Karin Ct
Princeton, New Jersey

Elm Court II

300 Elm Rd
Princeton, New Jersey
Elderly Supportive Housing

Princeton Community Village

Bunn Dr
Princeton, New Jersey
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Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Princeton, 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.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Princeton, New Jersey

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Princeton, New Jersey

There are 5 low income housing apartment communities offering 443 affordable apartments for rent in Princeton, New Jersey.

Income Based Apartments in Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton features 424 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 Princeton, New Jersey

There are 16 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Princeton.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Princeton, New Jersey

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Princeton landlords $0 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $0 towards rent in Princeton.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Princeton, New Jersey for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,452 and $1,774.

2022 Princeton, 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
Princeton, New Jersey Fair Market Rent $1,072 $1,226 $1,613 $1,994 $2,187
Princeton, New Jersey Payment Standard Range $965 to $1,179 $1,103 to $1,349 $1,452 to $1,774 $1,795 to $2,193 $1,968 to $2,406

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Princeton, NJ Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 5
Total Low Income Apartments 443
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 424
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 41.16%
Average Renter Household Size 2.30
Average Household Size 2.49
Median Household Income $114,645 ±$10,393
Median Rent $1,291 ±$121
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 43.71% ± 6.8pp
Total Population 28,936

Population and Household Demographics

Princeton is a city in Mercer County, New Jersey with a population of 28,936. There are 9,499 households in the city with an average household size of 2.49 persons. 41.16% of households in Princeton are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Princeton

The median gross income for households in Princeton is $114,645 a year, or $9,554 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,291 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Princeton, a household making less than $4,303 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 43.71% of households who rent are overburdened in Princeton.

Area Median Income In Princeton

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 Princeton, the AMI is calculated from all households within Mercer County.

In Princeton, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $106,800

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 Princeton

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 Princeton

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Princeton AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$22,450 $25,650 $28,850 $32,050 $34,650 $37,200 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Princeton AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$37,400 $42,750 $48,100 $53,400 $57,700 $61,950 $66,250 $70,500
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Princeton 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