Affordable Housing Online is monitoring the federal government's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. 

An extensive list of coronavirus resources for low-income households can be found here.

Affordable Housing In Wooster
Wayne County, Ohio

18 Low Income Apartment Communities In Wooster

Palm House Apartments

1183 Rebecca St
Wooster, Ohio
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Secrest Village

3666 Secrest Rd
Wooster, Ohio
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Wrens Way

2250 Melrose Dr
Wooster, Ohio
Subsidized
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing

Pigeon Creek I

2320 Melrose Dr
Wooster, Ohio
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Wooster Housing for the Elderly

2216 Melrose Dr
Wooster, Ohio
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

College Hills Village

905 Portage Rd
Wooster, Ohio
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Wooster Interfaith Project 1

132 N Columbus Ave
Wooster, Ohio
Subsidized

Lucc Pittsburg

355 Lucca St
Wooster, Ohio

Colar Project

321 N Columbus Ave
Wooster, Ohio

Palmer Street Project

120 Palmer St
Wooster, Ohio

Housing Authorities that serve Wooster

Housing Authority Programs
Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Wooster, Ohio

There are 18 low income housing apartment communities offering 722 affordable apartments for rent in Wooster, Ohio.

Income Based Apartments in Wooster, Ohio

Wooster features 570 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 Wooster, Ohio

There are 152 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Wooster.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Wooster, Ohio

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Wooster landlords $400 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Wooster.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Wooster, Ohio for a two-bedroom apartment is between $716 and $876.

2021 Wooster, 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
Wooster, Ohio Fair Market Rent $600 $604 $796 $1,011 $1,118
Wooster, Ohio Payment Standard Range $540 to $660 $544 to $664 $716 to $876 $910 to $1,112 $1,006 to $1,230

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Wooster, OH Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 18
Total Low Income Apartments 722
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 570
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 44.16%
Average Renter Household Size 2.05
Average Household Size 2.18
Median Household Income $40,896 ±$2,931
Median Rent $652 ±$29
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 44.71% ± 5.52pp
Total Population 26,551

Population and Household Demographics

Wooster is a city in Wayne County, Ohio with a population of 26,551. There are 10,838 households in the city with an average household size of 2.18 persons. 44.16% of households in Wooster are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Wooster

The median gross income for households in Wooster is $40,896 a year, or $3,408 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 Wooster, a household making less than $2,173 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 44.71% of households who rent are overburdened in Wooster.

Area Median Income In Wooster

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 Wooster, the AMI is calculated from all households within Wayne County.

In Wooster, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $71,600

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 Wooster

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 Wooster

1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Wooster AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$15,050 $17,420 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Wooster AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$25,100 $28,650 $32,250 $35,800 $38,700 $41,550 $44,400 $47,300
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Wooster AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$40,150 $45,850 $51,600 $57,300 $61,900 $66,500 $71,100 $75,650