Affordable Housing In Syracuse
Onondaga County, New York

82 Low Income Apartment Communities In Syracuse

Windsor Place Apartments

5607 Bear Road
Syracuse, NY
$715-850
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Hillside Apartments

1530 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY
$510-710
Studio-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Brighton Towers

821 E Brighton Ave
Syracuse, NY
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
HCV Welcome
Subsidized

Moses Dewitt House

212 N. Townsend Street
Syracuse, NY
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Courtyard at James

708 James Street
Syracuse, NY
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Seneca Gardens

104 Riverdale Drive
Syracuse, NY
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Brick School Terrace

311 North Ave/818 Salt Springs
Syracuse, NY
Income Based
1-2 BR
62+
HCV Welcome

Syracuse Rehab V

1010 James St
Syracuse, NY
Subsidized

Welch Terrace

1047 E Fayette Street
Syracuse, NY
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Onondaga Apartments

1700 W Onondaga St
Syracuse, NY
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Housing Authorities that serve Syracuse

Housing Authority Programs
Syracuse Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Village of Manlius Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Syracuse, New York

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 82 low income housing apartment communities offering 7,716 affordable apartments for rent in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse features 4,429 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 3,287 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Syracuse.

Syracuse, NY Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 82
Total Low Income Apartments 7,716
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 4,429
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 61.43%
Average Renter Household Size 2.37
Average Household Size 2.38
Median Household Income $31,881 ±$769
Median Rent $730 ±$9
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 54.27% ± 1.91pp
Total Population 144,564

Population and Household Demographics

Syracuse is a City in Onondaga County, New York with a population of 144,564. There are 54,781 households in the city with an average household size of 2.38 persons. 61.43% of households in Syracuse are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Syracuse

The median gross income for households in Syracuse is $31,881 a year, or $2,657 a month. The median rent for the city is $730 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Syracuse, a household making less than $2,433 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 54.27% of households who rent are overburdened in Syracuse.1

Area Median Income In Syracuse

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 Syracuse, the AMI is calculated from all households within Onondaga County.

In Syracuse, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $79,500

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 Syracuse

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 Syracuse HUD Rental Assistance in Syracuse

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,700 $19,100 $21,500 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $27,850 $31,800 $35,800 $39,750 $42,950 $46,150 $49,300 $52,500
80% of Median $44,550 $50,900 $57,250 $63,600 $68,700 $73,800 $78,900 $84,000
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Syracuse

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

From 1991 to 2010, 37 low income apartment communities containing 2,130 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Syracuse 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 Syracuse

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $27,850 $31,800 $35,800 $39,750 $42,950 $46,150 $49,300 $52,500
60% of Median $33,420 $38,160 $42,960 $47,700 $51,540 $55,380 $59,160 $63,000

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 Syracuse is $42,960 a year, or $3,580 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,580 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,074 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% $696 $746 $895 $1,034 $1,154 $1,273
60% $836 $895 $1,074 $1,241 $1,385 $1,527
Fair Market Rents in Syracuse

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
$633 $723 $900 $1,127 $1,291