Affordable Housing In Oberlin
Lorain County, Ohio

2 Low Income Apartment Communities In Oberlin

Concord Manor

95 E Vine St
Oberlin, OH
Subsidized

Oberlin Homes

138 S Main St
Oberlin, OH
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There are 2 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 361 affordable apartments for rent in Oberlin. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 361 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Oberlin, HUD housing programs support 51 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 0 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Guide To Affordable Housing in Oberlin, Ohio

Oberlin, OH Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 2
Total Low Income Apartments 361
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 361
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 45.5%
Average Renter Household Size 2.19
Total Population 8,356
Housing Units 2,512
Average Household Size 2.34
Median Household Income $55,723 ±$4,052
Median Rent $742 ±$42
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 37.01% ± 9.57pp

Population and Household Demographics

Oberlin is a City in Lorain County, Ohio with a population of 8,356. There are 2,512 households in the city with an average household size of 2.34 persons. 45.5% of households in Oberlin are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Oberlin

The median gross income for households in Oberlin is $55,723 a year, or $4,644 a month. The median rent for the city is $742 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Oberlin, a household making less than $2,473 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 37.01% of households who rent are overburdened in Oberlin.1

Area Median Income In Oberlin

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 Oberlin, the AMI is calculated from all households within Lorain County.

In Oberlin, 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 Oberlin

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 Oberlin HUD Rental Assistance in Oberlin

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

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 Oberlin

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 Oberlin 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 Oberlin

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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$569 $678 $836 $1,102 $1,158