Affordable Housing In Wooster
Wayne County, Ohio

18 Low Income Apartment Communities In Wooster

Palm House Apartments

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

Secrest Village

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

Wrens Way

2250 Melrose Dr
Wooster, OH
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Pigeon Creek I

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

Wooster Housing for the Elderly

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

College Hills Village

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

Wooster Interfaith Project 1

132 N Columbus Ave
Wooster, OH
Subsidized

Lucc Pittsburg

355 Lucca St
Wooster, OH
HCV Welcome

Colar Project

321 N Columbus Ave
Wooster, OH
HCV Welcome

Palmer Street Project

120 Palmer St
Wooster, OH
HCV Welcome

There are 18 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 722 affordable apartments for rent in Wooster. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 570 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Wooster, HUD housing programs support 220 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 152 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

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

Wooster, OH Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 18
Total Low Income Apartments 722
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 570
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 44.16%
Average Renter Household Size 2.05
Total Population 26,551
Housing Units 10,838
Average Household Size 2.18
Median Household Income $40,896 ±$2,931
Median Rent $652 ±$29
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 44.71% ± 5.52pp

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.1

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 $68,600

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 Wooster HUD Rental Assistance in Wooster

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,450 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $24,050 $27,450 $30,900 $34,300 $37,050 $39,800 $42,550 $45,300
80% of Median $38,450 $43,950 $49,450 $54,900 $59,300 $63,700 $68,100 $72,500
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Wooster

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

From 1988 to 1995, 10 low income apartment communities containing 153 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Wooster 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 Wooster

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $24,050 $27,450 $30,900 $34,300 $37,050 $39,800 $42,550 $45,300
60% of Median $28,860 $32,940 $37,080 $41,160 $44,460 $47,760 $51,060 $54,360

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 Wooster is $37,080 a year, or $3,090 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,090 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $927 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% $601 $644 $773 $892 $995 $1,098
60% $722 $773 $927 $1,070 $1,194 $1,318
Fair Market Rents in Wooster

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
$565 $575 $735 $922 $1,028