Affordable Housing In Amherst
Lorain County, Ohio

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Amherst, Ohio

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 Amherst, Ohio

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 $804 and $982.

2022 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
Amherst, Ohio Fair Market Rent $632 $732 $893 $1,169 $1,224
Amherst, Ohio Payment Standard Range $569 to $695 $659 to $805 $804 to $982 $1,052 to $1,286 $1,102 to $1,346

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com 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.

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 $78,600

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 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 HUD Rental Assistance in Amherst

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Amherst AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$16,550 $18,900 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Amherst AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$27,550 $31,450 $35,400 $39,300 $42,450 $45,600 $48,750 $51,900
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Amherst AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$44,050 $50,350 $56,650 $62,900 $67,950 $73,000 $78,000 $83,050