Affordable Housing In Salem
Salem County, New Jersey

7 Low Income Apartment Communities In Salem

Salem Historic Homes

90 Carpenter St
Salem, NJ
HCV Welcome

Salem Senior Village Apartments

2 Hires Avenue
Salem, NJ
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Harvest Point I & II

469 Grieves Parkway
Salem, NJ

Westside Court Broadway Tws

345 Keasbey St
Salem, NJ

Home - Chdo Production

4A New Market St
Salem, NJ
HCV Welcome

Litc 747 Salem Senior Village

155 W Broadway
Salem, NJ
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Whispering Waters Phase II

469 Grieves Pkwy
Salem, NJ
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There are 7 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 2,174 affordable apartments for rent in Salem. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 210 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Salem, HUD housing programs support 0 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 1,704 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Salem

Housing Authority Programs
Salem Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Salem, New Jersey

Salem, NJ Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 7
Total Low Income Apartments 2,174
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 210
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 63.89%
Average Renter Household Size 2.66
Total Population 4,997
Housing Units 1,980
Average Household Size 2.51
Median Household Income $26,320 ±$3,241
Median Rent $859 ±$41
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 63.79% ± 8.9pp

Population and Household Demographics

Salem is a City in Salem County, New Jersey with a population of 4,997. There are 1,980 households in the city with an average household size of 2.51 persons. 63.89% of households in Salem are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Salem

The median gross income for households in Salem is $26,320 a year, or $2,193 a month. The median rent for the city is $859 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Salem, a household making less than $2,863 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 63.79% of households who rent are overburdened in Salem.1

Area Median Income In Salem

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 Salem, the AMI is calculated from all households within Salem County.

In Salem, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $90,100

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 Salem

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 Salem HUD Rental Assistance in Salem

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $18,950 $21,650 $24,350 $27,050 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $31,550 $36,050 $40,550 $45,050 $48,700 $52,300 $55,900 $59,500
80% of Median $50,500 $57,700 $64,900 $72,100 $77,900 $83,650 $89,450 $95,200
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Salem

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

From 2003 to 2010, 3 low income apartment communities containing 427 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Salem 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 Salem

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $31,550 $36,050 $40,550 $45,050 $48,700 $52,300 $55,900 $59,500
60% of Median $37,860 $43,260 $48,660 $54,060 $58,440 $62,760 $67,080 $71,400

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 Salem is $48,660 a year, or $4,055 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,055 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,217 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% $789 $845 $1,014 $1,172 $1,308 $1,443
60% $947 $1,014 $1,217 $1,406 $1,569 $1,731
Fair Market Rents in Salem

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
$840 $992 $1,200 $1,503 $1,715