Affordable Housing In Cleveland
Cuyahoga County, Ohio

261 Low Income Apartment Communities In Cleveland

Severance Tower

25 Severance Circle
Cleveland, OH

Laronde Apartments

12024 Shaker Blvd
Cleveland, OH

Phoenix Village

Cleveland, OH

Heritage View IV

3032 E. 79th
Cleveland, OH
HCV Welcome

Hough Heritage

1860 E 97th St
Cleveland, OH
HCV Welcome

Carver Park

Cleveland, OH
HCV Welcome

Riverview Tower

1795 W 25th St
Cleveland, OH

Bellaire Road Apartments

13609 Bellaire Rd
Cleveland, OH

West 101st Place

Cleveland, OH

Woodhill Homes

Cleveland, OH

Housing Authorities that serve Cleveland

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

Other Housing Authorities located in Cleveland

Housing Authority Programs
New Avenues To Independence Inc. Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Cleveland, Ohio

There are 261 low income housing apartment communities offering 25,958 affordable apartments for rent in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland features 14,804 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 7,956 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Cleveland.

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Cleveland, OH Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 261
Total Low Income Apartments 25,958
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 14,804
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.1

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 $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 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 Cleveland HUD Rental Assistance in Cleveland

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
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Cleveland

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1987 to 2012, 146 low income apartment communities containing 10,974 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Cleveland by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Cleveland

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $25,800 $29,500 $33,200 $36,850 $39,800 $42,750 $45,700 $48,650
60% of Median $30,960 $35,400 $39,840 $44,220 $47,760 $51,300 $54,840 $58,380

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Cleveland is $39,840 a year, or $3,320 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,320 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $996 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $645 $691 $830 $958 $1,069 $1,179
60% $774 $830 $996 $1,150 $1,283 $1,415
Fair Market Rents in Cleveland

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$585 $691 $849 $1,119 $1,174