Affordable Housing In Union County
New Jersey

108 Low Income Apartment Communities In Union County

Cedarbrook Apartments

1272 Park Avenue
Plainfield, New Jersey
$1,022-1,066
Studio-1 BR
Subsidized

Rosegate Apartments

555 East Hazelwood Avenue
Rahway, New Jersey
$872-1,270
1-2 BR

Heritage Village at Elizabeth

225 Second Street.
Elizabeth, New Jersey
$1,049-1,265
1-2 BR

Parkers View

450 Irvington Avenue
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Income Based
1-3 BR

Portside II Apartments

136 Pine Street
Elizabeth, New Jersey
$868-1,621
1-4 BR

Horizons at Plainfield 657

130 W Front St
Plainfield, New Jersey
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

2 Weaver Street

2 Weaver St
Summit, New Jersey
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Family & Senior

Leland Gardens

1227 East Front Street, Bldg #66
Plainfield, New Jersey
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Glenwood Place

3 Glenwood Pl
Summit, New Jersey
1 BR
Family & Senior

Parkers Walk

450 Irvington Avenue
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Income Based
1-3 BR

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Union County, 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 Union County, New Jersey

Housing Authority Programs
Union County Housing Authority 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 Union County, New Jersey

There are 108 low income housing apartment communities offering 7,833 affordable apartments for rent in Union County, New Jersey.

Income Based Apartments in Union County, New Jersey

Union County features 5,566 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 Union County, New Jersey

There are 2,087 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Union County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Union County, New Jersey

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Union County landlords $900 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Union County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Union County, New Jersey for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,331 and $1,627.

2022 Union 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
Union County, New Jersey Fair Market Rent $1,017 $1,223 $1,479 $1,887 $2,249
Union County, New Jersey Payment Standard Range $915 to $1,119 $1,101 to $1,345 $1,331 to $1,627 $1,698 to $2,076 $2,024 to $2,474

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Union County, NJ Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 108
Total Low Income Apartments 7,833
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 5,566
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 40.92%
Average Renter Household Size 2.72
Average Household Size 2.91
Median Household Income $69,594 ±$1,178
Median Rent $1,174 ±$12
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 53.26% ± 1.72pp
Total Population 548,744

Population and Household Demographics

Union County is a county in New Jersey with a population of 548,744. There are 186,175 households in the county with an average household size of 2.91 persons. 40.92% of households in Union County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Union County

The median gross income for households in Union County is $69,594 a year, or $5,800 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,174 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Union County, a household making less than $3,913 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 53.26% of households who rent are overburdened in Union County.

Area Median Income In Union 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 Union 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 Union 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 Union County

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Union 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 Union 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 Union 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 Union County

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City Served By
Berkeley Heights The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Berkeley Heights are the Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Clark The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Clark are the Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Cranford The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Cranford are the Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Cranfordship The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Cranfordship are the Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Elizabeth The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Elizabeth are the Elizabeth Housing Authority, Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Fanwood The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Fanwood are the Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Garwood The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Garwood are the Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Hillside The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Hillside are the Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Hillsideship The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Hillsideship are the Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Kenilworth The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Kenilworth are the Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Linden The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Linden are the Housing Authority City of Linden, Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Mountainside The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Mountainside are the Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
New Providence The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve New Providence are the Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Plainfield The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Plainfield are the Housing Authority of Plainfield, Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Rahway The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Rahway are the Rahway Housing Authority, Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Roselle The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Roselle are the Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Roselle Park The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Roselle Park are the Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Scotch Plains The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Scotch Plains are the Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Springfield The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Springfield are the Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Summit The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Summit are the Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Union The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Union are the Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Westfield The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Westfield are the Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Winfield The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Winfield are the Union County Housing Authority and State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.