Affordable Housing In Chehalis
Lewis County, Washington

5 Low Income Apartment Communities In Chehalis

Providence Place

350 SE Washington Ave
Chehalis, WA
Income Based
1 BR
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Chehalis Avenue Apartments

366 SW 3rd Street
Chehalis, WA
Subsidized

Chehalis Valley Apartments

1025 Southwest 20th Street
Chehalis, WA
HCV Welcome

Chehalis Manor

300 S Market Blvd
Chehalis, WA
Subsidized

Vintage at Chehalis

1590 N National Ave
Chehalis, WA
HCV Welcome
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There are 5 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 309 affordable apartments for rent in Chehalis. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 133 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Chehalis, HUD housing programs support 93 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 176 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Guide To Affordable Housing in Chehalis, Washington

Chehalis, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 5
Total Low Income Apartments 309
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 133
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 57.65%
Average Renter Household Size 2.24
Total Population 7,314
Housing Units 2,786
Average Household Size 2.41
Median Household Income $34,379 ±$2,830
Median Rent $758 ±$45
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 65.44% ± 8.42pp

Population and Household Demographics

Chehalis is a City in Lewis County, Washington with a population of 7,314. There are 2,786 households in the city with an average household size of 2.41 persons. 57.65% of households in Chehalis are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Chehalis

The median gross income for households in Chehalis is $34,379 a year, or $2,865 a month. The median rent for the city is $758 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Chehalis, a household making less than $2,527 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 65.44% of households who rent are overburdened in Chehalis.1

Area Median Income In Chehalis

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 Chehalis, the AMI is calculated from all households within Lewis County.

In Chehalis, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $55,800

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 Chehalis

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 Chehalis HUD Rental Assistance in Chehalis

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $13,550 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $42,450
50% of Median $22,550 $25,750 $28,950 $32,150 $34,750 $37,300 $39,900 $42,450
80% of Median $36,050 $41,200 $46,350 $51,450 $55,600 $59,700 $63,800 $67,950
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Chehalis

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

From 1999 to 2008, 2 low income apartment communities containing 173 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Chehalis 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 Chehalis

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $22,550 $25,750 $28,950 $32,150 $34,750 $37,300 $39,900 $42,450
60% of Median $27,060 $30,900 $34,740 $38,580 $41,700 $44,760 $47,880 $50,940

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 Chehalis is $34,740 a year, or $2,895 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,895 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $869 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% $564 $604 $724 $836 $933 $1,029
60% $677 $725 $869 $1,004 $1,119 $1,235
Fair Market Rents in Chehalis

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
$583 $693 $908 $1,245 $1,417