Affordable Housing In Washington Heights
Orange County, New York

Housing Authorities that serve Washington Heights

Housing Authority Programs
PathStone Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Washington Heights, New York

There are 0 low income housing apartment communities offering 0 affordable apartments for rent in Washington Heights, New York. Washington Heights features 0 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 0 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Washington Heights.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Washington Heights, NY Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 0
Total Low Income Apartments 0
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 0
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 20.3%
Average Renter Household Size 3.63
Average Household Size 2.91
Median Household Income $71,226 ±$5,716
Median Rent $1,562 ±$276
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 42.67% ± 40.09pp
Total Population 2,149

Population and Household Demographics

Washington Heights is a City in Orange County, New York with a population of 2,149. There are 739 households in the city with an average household size of 2.91 persons. 20.3% of households in Washington Heights are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Washington Heights

The median gross income for households in Washington Heights is $71,226 a year, or $5,936 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,562 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Washington Heights, a household making less than $5,207 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 42.67% of households who rent are overburdened in Washington Heights.1

Area Median Income In Washington Heights

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 Washington Heights, the AMI is calculated from all households within Orange County.

In Washington Heights, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $96,600

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 Washington Heights

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 Washington Heights HUD Rental Assistance in Washington Heights

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $20,300 $23,200 $26,100 $29,000 $31,350 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $33,850 $38,650 $43,500 $48,300 $52,200 $56,050 $59,900 $63,800
80% of Median $52,850 $60,400 $67,950 $75,500 $81,550 $87,600 $93,650 $99,700

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 Washington Heights

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $33,850 $38,650 $43,500 $48,300 $52,200 $56,050 $59,900 $63,800
60% of Median $40,620 $46,380 $52,200 $57,960 $62,640 $67,260 $71,880 $76,560

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 Washington Heights is $52,200 a year, or $4,350 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,350 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,305 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% $846 $906 $1,088 $1,256 $1,401 $1,546
60% $1,016 $1,088 $1,305 $1,508 $1,682 $1,856
Fair Market Rents in Washington Heights

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
$1,021 $1,112 $1,397 $1,780 $2,049