Affordable Housing In Chester
Chester County, South Carolina

8 Low Income Apartment Communities In Chester

Chester Manor Townhouses

100 Torbit St
Chester, South Carolina
Income Based
2-3 BR

New Chester Townhouses I & II

628 Lancaster St Hwy 301
Chester, South Carolina
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Center Street Apartments

301 Center Street
Chester, South Carolina
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Ramsey Grove Apartments, Alp

553 Flint St
Chester, South Carolina

The Cottages of Chester Village, Inc

Off of Mccanless Rd
Chester, South Carolina
Elderly Supportive Housing

Saluda Apartments

100 Colt St
Chester, South Carolina

The Mcaliley

116 Main St
Chester, South Carolina

Arthur Underwood Manor

2678 Dawson Dr
Chester, South Carolina
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Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Chester, South Carolina

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Chester, South Carolina

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Chester, South Carolina

There are 8 low income housing apartment communities offering 387 affordable apartments for rent in Chester, South Carolina.

Income Based Apartments in Chester, South Carolina

Chester features 231 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 Chester, South Carolina

There are 156 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Chester.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Chester, South Carolina

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Chester, South Carolina for a two-bedroom apartment is between $641 and $783.

2022 Chester, South Carolina 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
Chester, South Carolina Fair Market Rent $569 $572 $712 $966 $1,105
Chester, South Carolina Payment Standard Range $512 to $626 $515 to $629 $641 to $783 $869 to $1,063 $995 to $1,216

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Chester, SC Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 8
Total Low Income Apartments 387
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 231
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 49.11%
Average Renter Household Size 2.40
Average Household Size 2.49
Median Household Income $21,003 ±$4,925
Median Rent $548 ±$50
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 50.98% ± 12.6pp
Total Population 5,527

Population and Household Demographics

Chester is a city in Chester County, South Carolina with a population of 5,527. There are 2,181 households in the city with an average household size of 2.49 persons. 49.11% of households in Chester are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Chester

The median gross income for households in Chester is $21,003 a year, or $1,750 a month. The median rent for the city is $548 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Chester, a household making less than $1,827 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 50.98% of households who rent are overburdened in Chester.

Area Median Income In Chester

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 Chester, the AMI is calculated from all households within Chester County.

In Chester, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $57,100

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 Chester

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 Chester

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Chester AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$12,880 $17,420 $21,960 $26,500 $30,700 $32,950 $35,250 $37,500
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Chester AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$19,900 $22,750 $25,600 $28,400 $30,700 $32,950 $35,250 $37,500
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Chester AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$31,850 $36,400 $40,950 $45,450 $49,100 $52,750 $56,400 $60,000