Affordable Housing In Chester
Chesterfield County, Virginia

9 Low Income Apartment Communities In Chester

Arbor Lake

6850 Arbor Lake Dr
Chester, Virginia
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Iron Bridge Road

6700 Iron Creek Circle
Chester, Virginia

Courthouse Senior Apartments

6500 Fore Circle
Chester, Virginia
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Grand Oaks Senior

5301 Grand Oaks Forest Cir
Chester, Virginia

Terjo Lane Group Home

3807 Terjo Ln
Chester, Virginia
Disabled Supportive Housing

Chester Village Senior Living

11701 Chester Village Dr
Chester, Virginia

Robinson Park

370 Neff Avenue Unit J Suite 9
Chester, Virginia

Broadwater I ( Aka Broadwater Townhouses I )

15149 Broadwater Way
Chester, Virginia

Broadwater II

15153 Broadwater Way
Chester, Virginia
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Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Chester, Virginia

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, Virginia

Housing Authority Programs
Virginia Housing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Central Virginia Resource Corporation - Main Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-Sufficiency; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Chester, Virginia

There are 9 low income housing apartment communities offering 772 affordable apartments for rent in Chester, Virginia.

Income Based Apartments in Chester, Virginia

Chester features 3 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, Virginia

There are 700 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Chester.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Chester, Virginia

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Chester landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Chester.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Chester, Virginia for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,070 and $1,308.

2022 Chester, Virginia 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, Virginia Fair Market Rent $1,022 $1,044 $1,189 $1,556 $1,864
Chester, Virginia Payment Standard Range $920 to $1,124 $940 to $1,148 $1,070 to $1,308 $1,400 to $1,712 $1,678 to $2,050

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Chester, VA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 9
Total Low Income Apartments 772
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 3
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 31.98%
Average Renter Household Size 2.66
Average Household Size 2.72
Median Household Income $64,172 ±$2,991
Median Rent $1,069 ±$62
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 40.66% ± 7.69pp
Total Population 21,927

Population and Household Demographics

Chester is a city in Chesterfield County, Virginia with a population of 21,927. There are 8,067 households in the city with an average household size of 2.72 persons. 31.98% of households in Chester are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Chester

The median gross income for households in Chester is $64,172 a year, or $5,348 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,069 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 $3,563 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 40.66% 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 Chesterfield County.

In Chester, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $101,000

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 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.
$21,150 $24,200 $27,200 $30,200 $32,650 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
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.
$35,250 $40,300 $45,350 $50,350 $54,400 $58,450 $62,450 $66,500
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Chester AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$56,400 $64,450 $72,500 $80,550 $87,000 $93,450 $99,900 $106,350