Affordable Housing In Cincinnati
Hamilton County, Ohio

287 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

Forest Square

3511 Harvey Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio
Call For Rent
1 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

Alice May Easton Place

929 E. McMillan St
Cincinnati, Ohio
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

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

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 287 low income housing apartment communities offering 22,978 affordable apartments for rent in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Income Based Apartments in Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati features 15,258 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 7,306 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 $871 and $1,065.

2022 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
Cincinnati, Ohio Fair Market Rent $643 $742 $968 $1,302 $1,483
Cincinnati, Ohio Payment Standard Range $579 to $707 $668 to $816 $871 to $1,065 $1,172 to $1,432 $1,335 to $1,631

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Cincinnati, OH Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 287
Total Low Income Apartments 22,978
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 15,258
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 $99,100

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

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Cincinnati AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$20,100 $22,950 $25,800 $28,650 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Cincinnati AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$33,450 $38,200 $43,000 $47,750 $51,600 $55,400 $59,250 $63,050
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Cincinnati AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$53,500 $61,150 $68,800 $76,400 $82,550 $88,650 $94,750 $100,850