Affordable Housing In Amherst
Lorain County, Ohio

Housing Authorities that serve Amherst

Housing Authority Programs
Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH); Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Amherst, Ohio

There are 0 low income housing apartment communities offering 0 affordable apartments for rent in Amherst, Ohio.

Income Based Apartments in Amherst, Ohio

Amherst features 0 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 Amherst, Ohio

There are 0 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Amherst.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Amherst, Ohio

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Amherst landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Amherst.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Amherst, Ohio for a two-bedroom apartment is between $764 and $934.

2020 Amherst, Ohio 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
Fair Market Rent $585 $691 $849 $1,119 $1,174
Payment Standard Range $527 to $644 $622 to $760 $764 to $934 $1,007 to $1,231 $1,057 to $1,291

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Amherst, OH 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 16.94%
Average Renter Household Size 2.30
Average Household Size 2.54
Median Household Income $63,354 ±$4,662
Median Rent $787 ±$177
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.38% ± 13.47pp
Total Population 12,114

Population and Household Demographics

Amherst is a City in Lorain County, Ohio with a population of 12,114. There are 4,733 households in the city with an average household size of 2.54 persons. 16.94% of households in Amherst are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Amherst

The median gross income for households in Amherst is $63,354 a year, or $5,280 a month. The median rent for the city is $787 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Amherst, a household making less than $2,623 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46.38% of households who rent are overburdened in Amherst.1

Area Median Income In Amherst

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 Amherst, the AMI is calculated from all households within Lorain County.

In Amherst, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $73,700

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 Amherst

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 Amherst HUD Rental Assistance in Amherst

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $15,500 $17,700 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $25,800 $29,500 $33,200 $36,850 $39,800 $42,750 $45,700 $48,650
80% of Median $41,300 $47,200 $53,100 $58,950 $63,700 $68,400 $73,100 $77,850