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Affordable Housing In Cincinnati
Hamilton County, Ohio

276 Low Income Apartment Communities In Cincinnati

The Guardian

3375 McHenry Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio
1-3 BR

Madison Villa

5615 Madison Rd
Cincinnati, Ohio
Income Based
1-2 BR

Magnolia Heights

1537 Pleasant Street
Cincinnati, Ohio
Call For Rent
1-5 BR

St. Paul Village I

5515 Madison Rd
Cincinnati, Ohio
Income Based
1 BR

Senior Chateau

750 Grand Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio
Call For Rent
1 BR


921 William Howard Taft Road
Cincinnati, Ohio
1-2 BR

Delhi Estates

5320 Delhi Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio
Income Based
1 BR

Walnut Court

1020 Chapel Street
Cincinnati, Ohio
Income Based
1-2 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

Forest Square Senior Apartments

3511 Harvey Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio
2 BR

Alston Park

415 Glenwood Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio
2-3 BR

Housing Authorities that serve Cincinnati

Housing Authority Programs
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Mainstream Voucher

Guide To Affordable Housing in Cincinnati, Ohio

There are 276 low income housing apartment communities offering 22,442 affordable apartments for rent in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Income Based Apartments in Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati features 14,955 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 Cincinnati, Ohio

There are 7,225 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Cincinnati.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Cincinnati, Ohio

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Cincinnati landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Cincinnati.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Cincinnati, Ohio for a two-bedroom apartment is between $779 and $952.

2020 Cincinnati, 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 $568 $658 $865 $1,185 $1,362
Payment Standard Range $511 to $625 $592 to $724 $779 to $952 $1,067 to $1,304 $1,226 to $1,498

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Cincinnati, OH Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 276
Total Low Income Apartments 22,442
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 14,955
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 61.48%
Average Renter Household Size 2.02
Average Household Size 2.14
Median Household Income $33,604 ±$839
Median Rent $649 ±$8
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.11% ± 1.44pp
Total Population 297,397

Population and Household Demographics

Cincinnati is a city in Hamilton County, Ohio with a population of 297,397. There are 133,039 households in the city with an average household size of 2.14 persons. 61.48% of households in Cincinnati are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Cincinnati

The median gross income for households in Cincinnati is $33,604 a year, or $2,800 a month. The median rent for the city is $649 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Cincinnati, a household making less than $2,163 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.11% of households who rent are overburdened in Cincinnati.

Area Median Income In Cincinnati

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 Cincinnati, the AMI is calculated from all households within Hamilton County.

In Cincinnati, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $86,300

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 Cincinnati

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 Cincinnati

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $18,150 $20,750 $23,350 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $30,250 $34,550 $38,850 $43,150 $46,650 $50,100 $53,550 $57,000
80% of Median $48,350 $55,250 $62,150 $69,050 $74,600 $80,100 $85,650 $91,150