Affordable Housing In Cleveland
Cuyahoga County, Ohio

272 Low Income Apartment Communities In Cleveland


5111 Hector Ave
Cleveland, Ohio
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

Alexia Manor

5125 Hector Ave
Cleveland, Ohio
1 BR

Colfax Family Homes

Colfax Rd & Minnie St
Cleveland, Ohio
Call For Rent
3-4 BR

St. Joseph's Commons

2554 West 25th St
Cleveland, Ohio
Call For Rent
1 BR
Supportive Housing

Buckeye Square

11529 Buckeye Rd
Cleveland, Ohio
Call For Rent
Studio BR

Sankofa Village

2390 E 30th Street
Cleveland, Ohio
Call For Rent
1-4 BR

Arbor Park Village

3750 Fleming Ave
Cleveland, Ohio
Call For Rent
1-4 BR

Greenbridge Commons l & ll

7609 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, Ohio
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR

Hough Heritage

1860 E 97th St
Cleveland, Ohio
1 BR

Langston Commons

2324 East 33rd St
Cleveland, Ohio
Income Based
2-4 BR

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

Housing Authority Programs
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Emerald Development And Economic Network Mainstream Voucher; Shelter Plus Care
Parma Public Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Cleveland, Ohio

There are 272 low income housing apartment communities offering 26,276 affordable apartments for rent in Cleveland, Ohio.

Income Based Apartments in Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland features 15,586 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 Cleveland, Ohio

There are 8,052 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Cleveland.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Cleveland, Ohio

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Cleveland, Ohio for a two-bedroom apartment is between $804 and $982.

2022 Cleveland, 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
Cleveland, Ohio Fair Market Rent $632 $732 $893 $1,169 $1,224
Cleveland, 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 research.

Cleveland, OH Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 272
Total Low Income Apartments 26,276
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 15,586
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 57.82%
Average Renter Household Size 2.19
Average Household Size 2.26
Median Household Income $26,150 ±$537
Median Rent $654 ±$6
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.64% ± 1.24pp
Total Population 390,584

Population and Household Demographics

Cleveland is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio with a population of 390,584. There are 167,100 households in the city with an average household size of 2.26 persons. 57.82% of households in Cleveland are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Cleveland

The median gross income for households in Cleveland is $26,150 a year, or $2,179 a month. The median rent for the city is $654 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Cleveland, a household making less than $2,180 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.64% of households who rent are overburdened in Cleveland.

Area Median Income In Cleveland

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 Cleveland, the AMI is calculated from all households within Cuyahoga County.

In Cleveland, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $85,400

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 Cleveland

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 Cleveland

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Cleveland AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$17,950 $20,500 $23,050 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Cleveland AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$29,900 $34,200 $38,450 $42,700 $46,150 $49,550 $52,950 $56,400
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Cleveland AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$47,850 $54,650 $61,500 $68,300 $73,800 $79,250 $84,700 $90,200