Affordable Housing In Benton County

57 Low Income Apartment Communities In Benton County

Pacific Place Apartments

208 Central Avenue
South Bend, WA
1-2 BR

Pheasant Run Apartments

1130 Shady Lane Place
Othello, WA
1-3 BR

Willapa Landing Apartments

506 Willapa Avenue
South Bend, WA
1-3 BR

Heatherstone Apartments

1114 W 10th Ave
Kennewick, WA
Income Based
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Prosser Manor Apartments

1403 Meade Ave
Prosser, WA
1 BR
HCV Welcome

Westwind Manor Apartments

301 Sid Snyder Dr W # 219
Long Beach, WA
1 BR

Raymond Manor

434 6th Street
Raymond, WA
Call For Rent
1 BR
HCV Welcome

Copper Mountain Apartments

2555 Bella Coola Ln
Richland, WA
1 BR
HCV Welcome

Washington Square Apartments

1065 S 4th Ave
Othello, WA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Raymond House Senior Apartments

331 1st Street
Raymond, WA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Other Housing Authorities located in Benton County

Housing Authority Programs
Kennewick Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
HA City of Richland Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Benton County, Washington

There are 57 low income housing apartment communities offering 3,819 affordable apartments for rent in Benton County, Washington. Benton County 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 2,572 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Benton County.

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Benton County, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 57
Total Low Income Apartments 3,819
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,247
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 32.51%
Average Renter Household Size 2.59
Average Household Size 2.72
Median Household Income $60,251 ±$1,370
Median Rent $834 ±$14
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 45.69% ± 3.22pp
Total Population 184,930

Population and Household Demographics

Benton County is a County in Washington with a population of 184,930. There are 67,430 households in the county with an average household size of 2.72 persons. 32.51% of households in Benton County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Benton County

The median gross income for households in Benton County is $60,251 a year, or $5,021 a month. The median rent for the county is $834 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Benton County, a household making less than $2,780 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 45.69% of households who rent are overburdened in Benton County.1

Area Median Income In Benton 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 Benton County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $78,000

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 Benton 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 Benton County HUD Rental Assistance in Benton County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,400 $18,750 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $27,300 $31,200 $35,100 $39,000 $42,150 $45,250 $48,400 $51,500
80% of Median $43,700 $49,950 $56,200 $62,400 $67,400 $72,400 $77,400 $82,400
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Benton 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 2008, 21 low income apartment communities containing 2,150 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Benton 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 Benton County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $27,300 $31,200 $35,100 $39,000 $42,150 $45,250 $48,400 $51,500
60% of Median $32,760 $37,440 $42,120 $46,800 $50,580 $54,300 $58,080 $61,800

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 Benton County is $42,120 a year, or $3,510 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,510 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,053 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% $683 $731 $878 $1,014 $1,131 $1,249
60% $819 $878 $1,053 $1,217 $1,358 $1,499
Fair Market Rents in Benton 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.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$720 $883 $1,089 $1,477 $1,857

Cities In Benton County

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City Listings Served By
Kennewick 19 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Kennewick is the Kennewick Housing Authority.
Benton City 1
Richland 13 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Richland is the HA City of Richland.
Othello 9
South Bend 2
Prosser 2
Long Beach 4
Ritzville 0
Raymond 5
Ilwaco 1
Finley 0
West Richland 0