Affordable Housing In Salem
Marion County, Oregon

42 Low Income Apartment Communities In Salem

Parkway Village Apartments - Salem

3143 7th Pl NE
Salem, OR
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Brighton Park East Apartments

3862 Sunnyview Rd NE
Salem, OR
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Fairhaven Gardens Apartments

3424 Fairhaven Ave NE
Salem, OR
Call For Rent
Studio-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Cornerstone Apartments

3350 Portland Rd NE
Salem, OR
Call For Rent
Studio-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Southfair Apartments

1901 Fairgrounds Rd NE
Salem, OR
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Fischer Court I

1810 32nd Pl NE
Salem, OR

Sunnyslope Manor

1000 Cunningham Ln S
Salem, OR

Salem Manor Apartments

4085 Market St NE
Salem, OR

Jason Lee Manor

1551 Center St NE
Salem, OR
Elderly Supportive Housing

Capitol Plaza Apartments

1165 Chemeketa Street NE
Salem, OR

Housing Authorities that serve Salem

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

Other Housing Authorities located in Salem

Housing Authority Programs
Marion County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Salem, Oregon

According to federal housing data and research, there are 42 low income housing apartment communities offering 2,377 affordable apartments for rent in Salem, Oregon. Salem features 1,247 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 1,130 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Salem.

Salem, OR Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 42
Total Low Income Apartments 2,377
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,247
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 47.01%
Average Renter Household Size 2.58
Average Household Size 2.63
Median Household Income $47,191 ±$1,252
Median Rent $793 ±$12
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.76% ± 2.75pp
Total Population 160,008

Population and Household Demographics

Salem is a City in Marion County, Oregon with a population of 160,008. There are 57,729 households in the city with an average household size of 2.63 persons. 47.01% of households in Salem are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Salem

The median gross income for households in Salem is $47,191 a year, or $3,933 a month. The median rent for the city is $793 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Salem, a household making less than $2,643 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.76% of households who rent are overburdened in Salem.1

Area Median Income In Salem

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 Salem, the AMI is calculated from all households within Marion County.

In Salem, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $69,400

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 Salem

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 Salem HUD Rental Assistance in Salem

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,600 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $24,300 $27,800 $31,250 $34,700 $37,500 $40,300 $43,050 $45,850
80% of Median $38,850 $44,400 $49,950 $55,500 $59,950 $64,400 $68,850 $73,300
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Salem

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

From 1987 to 2009, 17 low income apartment communities containing 963 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Salem 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 Salem

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $24,300 $27,800 $31,250 $34,700 $37,500 $40,300 $43,050 $45,850
60% of Median $29,160 $33,360 $37,500 $41,640 $45,000 $48,360 $51,660 $55,020

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 Salem is $37,500 a year, or $3,125 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,125 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $938 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% $608 $651 $781 $903 $1,008 $1,111
60% $729 $782 $938 $1,083 $1,209 $1,334
Fair Market Rents in Salem

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
$709 $761 $1,001 $1,444 $1,757