Affordable Housing In Ottawa
Putnam County, Ohio

3 Low Income Apartment Communities In Ottawa

Blanchard Park Apartments

1221 N Defiance St
Ottawa, OH
Subsidized

Tawa Manor Apartments

205 Selhorst Dr
Ottawa, OH
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Wellington Place

1350 N Locust St
Ottawa, OH
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There are 3 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 194 affordable apartments for rent in Ottawa. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 40 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Ottawa, HUD housing programs support 40 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 154 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Ottawa

Housing Authority Programs
Hancock Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Family Self-sufficiency

Guide To Affordable Housing in Ottawa, Ohio

Ottawa, OH Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 194
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 40
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 35.53%
Average Renter Household Size 2.30
Total Population 4,424
Housing Units 1,911
Average Household Size 2.30
Median Household Income $49,549 ±$13,223
Median Rent $652 ±$202
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 39.18% ± 14.73pp

Population and Household Demographics

Ottawa is a City in Putnam County, Ohio with a population of 4,424. There are 1,911 households in the city with an average household size of 2.30 persons. 35.53% of households in Ottawa are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Ottawa

The median gross income for households in Ottawa is $49,549 a year, or $4,129 a month. The median rent for the city is $652 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Ottawa, a household making less than $2,173 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 39.18% of households who rent are overburdened in Ottawa.1

Area Median Income In Ottawa

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 Ottawa, the AMI is calculated from all households within Putnam County.

In Ottawa, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $76,000

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 Ottawa

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 Ottawa HUD Rental Assistance in Ottawa

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,000 $18,250 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $26,600 $30,400 $34,200 $38,000 $41,050 $44,100 $47,150 $50,200
80% of Median $42,600 $48,650 $54,750 $60,800 $65,700 $70,550 $75,400 $80,300
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Ottawa

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

From 1998 to 2002, 2 low income apartment communities containing 74 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Ottawa 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 Ottawa

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $26,600 $30,400 $34,200 $38,000 $41,050 $44,100 $47,150 $50,200
60% of Median $31,920 $36,480 $41,040 $45,600 $49,260 $52,920 $56,580 $60,240

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 Ottawa is $41,040 a year, or $3,420 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,420 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,026 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% $665 $713 $855 $988 $1,103 $1,217
60% $798 $855 $1,026 $1,186 $1,323 $1,460
Fair Market Rents in Ottawa

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
$498 $550 $682 $854 $922