Affordable Housing In Kings County
New York

Housing Authorities that serve Kings County

Housing Authority Programs
New York State Homes and Community Renewal Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
New York City Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Kings County, New York

There are 798 low income housing apartment communities offering 107,190 affordable apartments for rent in Kings County, New York. Kings County features 81,322 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 25,868 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Kings County.

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Kings County, NY Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 798
Total Low Income Apartments 107,190
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 81,322
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 70.73%
Average Renter Household Size 2.61
Average Household Size 2.74
Median Household Income $48,201 ±$419
Median Rent $1,215 ±$5
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 52.28% ± 0.48pp
Total Population 2,595,259

Population and Household Demographics

Kings County is a County in New York with a population of 2,595,259. There are 931,786 households in the county with an average household size of 2.74 persons. 70.73% of households in Kings County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Kings County

The median gross income for households in Kings County is $48,201 a year, or $4,017 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,215 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Kings County, a household making less than $4,050 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 52.28% of households who rent are overburdened in Kings County.1

Area Median Income In Kings 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 Kings County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $75,500

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 Kings 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 Kings County HUD Rental Assistance in Kings County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $22,400 $25,600 $28,800 $32,000 $34,600 $37,150 $39,700 $43,430
50% of Median $37,350 $42,700 $48,050 $53,350 $57,650 $61,900 $66,200 $70,450
80% of Median $59,750 $68,300 $76,850 $85,350 $92,200 $99,050 $105,850 $112,700
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Kings County

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

From 1989 to 2012, 552 low income apartment communities containing 22,379 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Kings County 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 Kings County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $37,350 $42,700 $48,050 $53,350 $57,650 $61,900 $66,200 $70,450
60% of Median $44,820 $51,240 $57,660 $64,020 $69,180 $74,280 $79,440 $84,540

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 Kings County is $57,660 a year, or $4,805 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,805 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,442 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% $934 $1,001 $1,201 $1,388 $1,548 $1,708
60% $1,121 $1,201 $1,442 $1,665 $1,857 $2,050
Fair Market Rents in Kings 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
$1,665 $1,714 $1,951 $2,472 $2,643

Cities In Kings County

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City Listings Served By
Brooklyn 12 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Brooklyn are the New York City Housing Authority and New York State Homes and Community Renewal.
New York City 2,471 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve New York City are the New York City Deptartment of Housing Preservation and Development, New York State Homes and Community Renewal and New York City Housing Authority.