Affordable Housing In Kent County
Rhode Island

42 Low Income Apartment Communities In Kent County

Woodland Apartments

20 Woodland Dr ive
Coventry, RI
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Parkview Terrace

72 GOUGH AVE
West Warwick, RI

Shalom Apartments

1 Shalom Dr
Warwick, RI
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Shalom II

2 Shalom Dr
Warwick, RI
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Deangelis Manor II

845 Wakefield St
West Warwick, RI
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Foxfire

46 Eddy St
West Warwick, RI
Subsidized

Greenwich Village

300 Lambert Lind Hwy
Warwick, RI
Subsidized

Greenwood Terrace

2426 Post Rd
Warwick, RI
Subsidized

Hardig Brook Village

331 Centerville Rd
Warwick, RI
Subsidized

Thomas Wilbur Homestead

3188 Post Rd
Warwick, RI
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
Subsidized

There are 42 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 3,181 affordable apartments for rent in Kent County. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 2,760 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Kent County, HUD housing programs support 1,595 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 421 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Other Housing Authorities located in Kent County

Housing Authority Programs
Warwick Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
West Warwick Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Coventry Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
East Greenwich Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Kent County Mental Health Center Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Kent County, Rhode Island

Kent County, RI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 42
Total Low Income Apartments 3,181
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 2,760
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 29.73%
Average Renter Household Size 1.93
Total Population 164,958
Housing Units 68,616
Average Household Size 2.38
Median Household Income $64,383 ±$1,384
Median Rent $975 ±$16
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 47.19% ± 3.42pp

Population and Household Demographics

Kent County is a County in Rhode Island with a population of 164,958. There are 68,616 households in the county with an average household size of 2.38 persons. 29.73% of households in Kent County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Kent County

The median gross income for households in Kent County is $64,383 a year, or $5,365 a month. The median rent for the county is $975 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Kent County, a household making less than $3,250 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 47.19% of households who rent are overburdened in Kent County.1

Area Median Income In Kent County

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.

In Kent County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $81,900

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 Kent County

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 Kent County HUD Rental Assistance in Kent County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $17,200 $19,650 $22,100 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $28,700 $32,800 $36,900 $40,950 $44,250 $47,550 $50,800 $54,100
80% of Median $45,850 $52,400 $58,950 $65,500 $70,750 $76,000 $81,250 $86,500
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Kent County

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

From 1989 to 2012, 10 low income apartment communities containing 554 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Kent County 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 Kent County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $28,700 $32,800 $36,900 $40,950 $44,250 $47,550 $50,800 $54,100
60% of Median $34,440 $39,360 $44,280 $49,140 $53,100 $57,060 $60,960 $64,920

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 Kent County is $44,280 a year, or $3,690 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,690 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,107 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% $718 $769 $923 $1,065 $1,189 $1,311
60% $861 $923 $1,107 $1,278 $1,427 $1,574
Fair Market Rents in Kent County

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
$786 $889 $1,060 $1,328 $1,565

Cities In Kent County

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City Listings Served By
West Warwick 13 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Warwick is the West Warwick Housing Authority.
Warwick 19 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Warwick are the Warwick Housing Authority and Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List.
East Greenwich 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve East Greenwich are the East Greenwich Housing Authority and Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List.
Coventry 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Coventry are the Coventry Housing Authority and Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List.
West Greenwich 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve West Greenwich are the Rhode Island Housing and Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List.
Greene 0