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Affordable Housing In Cranston
Providence County, Rhode Island

14 Low Income Apartment Communities In Cranston

Harris House

28 Harris Ave
Cranston, Rhode Island

Wentworth Apartments

91 Wentworth Ave
Cranston, Rhode Island
Disabled Supportive Housing

Meshanticut Vista

225 New London Ave
Cranston, Rhode Island

Fellowship House

1257 Cranston St
Cranston, Rhode Island
Elderly Supportive Housing

Scituate Vista

115 Scituate Vista Dr
Cranston, Rhode Island

Devan Manor

1214 Cranston St
Cranston, Rhode Island

315 Park Avenue Apartments

315 Park Ave
Cranston, Rhode Island

Riverbend Apartments

575 Dyer Ave
Cranston, Rhode Island

Hall Manor

70 Warwick Ave
Cranston, Rhode Island

Randall Manor

100 Arthur St
Cranston, Rhode Island

Housing Authorities that serve Cranston

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Cranston, Rhode Island

There are 14 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,535 affordable apartments for rent in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Income Based Apartments in Cranston, Rhode Island

Cranston features 1,516 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 Cranston, Rhode Island

There are 19 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Cranston.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Cranston, Rhode Island

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Cranston landlords $900 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Cranston.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Cranston, Rhode Island for a two-bedroom apartment is between $968 and $1,183.

2020 Cranston, Rhode Island 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
Fair Market Rent $794 $898 $1,075 $1,340 $1,591
Payment Standard Range $715 to $873 $808 to $988 $968 to $1,183 $1,206 to $1,474 $1,432 to $1,750

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Cranston, RI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 14
Total Low Income Apartments 1,535
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,516
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 34.53%
Average Renter Household Size 2.20
Average Household Size 2.52
Median Household Income $59,701 ±$2,436
Median Rent $984 ±$25
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 48.42% ± 4.75pp
Total Population 80,761

Population and Household Demographics

Cranston is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island with a population of 80,761. There are 30,208 households in the city with an average household size of 2.52 persons. 34.53% of households in Cranston are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Cranston

The median gross income for households in Cranston is $59,701 a year, or $4,975 a month. The median rent for the city is $984 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Cranston, a household making less than $3,280 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 48.42% of households who rent are overburdened in Cranston.

Area Median Income In Cranston

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 Cranston, the AMI is calculated from all households within Providence County.

In Cranston, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $87,000

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 Cranston

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 Cranston

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $18,300 $20,900 $23,500 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $30,450 $34,800 $39,150 $43,500 $47,000 $50,500 $53,950 $57,450
80% of Median $48,750 $55,700 $62,650 $69,600 $75,200 $80,750 $86,350 $91,900