Affordable Housing In Cowlitz County

17 Low Income Apartment Communities In Cowlitz County

Country Run Apartments

120 Solomon Rd
Kelso, WA
Call For Rent
2-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Parkland Terrace

3133 Maryland St
Longview, WA

Crescent Terrace

910 9th Ave
Longview, WA
Elderly Supportive Housing

Westgate Terrace Apartments

2024 Tibbetts Dr
Longview, WA
Elderly Supportive Housing

Fremont Village

1416 3rd Ave
Longview, WA

226 Cloverdale Road

202 Cloverdale Rd
Kalama, WA

Columbia View Harbor

116 S 1st St
Kalama, WA

20th Avenue

1615 20th Ave
Longview, WA
HCV Welcome

Dororthy Street

1908 Dorothy St
Longview, WA
HCV Welcome

Cowlitz Villa

1400 S 9th Ave
Kelso, WA

Other Housing Authorities located in Cowlitz County

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority City of Longview Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Kalama Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Kelso Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-sufficiency

Guide To Affordable Housing in Cowlitz County, Washington

According to federal housing data and research, there are 17 low income housing apartment communities offering 934 affordable apartments for rent in Cowlitz County, Washington. Cowlitz County features 385 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 549 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Cowlitz County.

Cowlitz County, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 17
Total Low Income Apartments 934
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 385
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 34.38%
Average Renter Household Size 2.57
Average Household Size 2.54
Median Household Income $47,452 ±$1,861
Median Rent $765 ±$19
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 53.48% ± 3.51pp
Total Population 102,338

Population and Household Demographics

Cowlitz County is a County in Washington with a population of 102,338. There are 39,763 households in the county with an average household size of 2.54 persons. 34.38% of households in Cowlitz County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Cowlitz County

The median gross income for households in Cowlitz County is $47,452 a year, or $3,954 a month. The median rent for the county is $765 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Cowlitz County, a household making less than $2,550 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 53.48% of households who rent are overburdened in Cowlitz County.1

Area Median Income In Cowlitz 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 Cowlitz County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $68,300

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 Cowlitz 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 Cowlitz County HUD Rental Assistance in Cowlitz County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,350 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $23,950 $27,350 $30,750 $34,150 $36,900 $39,650 $42,350 $45,100
80% of Median $38,300 $43,750 $49,200 $54,650 $59,050 $63,400 $67,800 $72,150
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Cowlitz County

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

From 1988 to 2006, 10 low income apartment communities containing 551 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Cowlitz 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 Cowlitz County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $23,950 $27,350 $30,750 $34,150 $36,900 $39,650 $42,350 $45,100
60% of Median $28,740 $32,820 $36,900 $40,980 $44,280 $47,580 $50,820 $54,120

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 Cowlitz County is $36,900 a year, or $3,075 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,075 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $923 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% $599 $641 $769 $888 $991 $1,093
60% $719 $770 $923 $1,066 $1,190 $1,312
Fair Market Rents in Cowlitz 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
$640 $749 $983 $1,418 $1,699

Cities In Cowlitz County

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City Listings Served By
Longview 10 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Longview is the Housing Authority City of Longview.
Kelso 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Kelso is the Kelso Housing Authority.
Kalama 2
Castle Rock 1
Longview Heights 0
Ryderwood 0
West Side Highway 0