Affordable Housing In Cowlitz County
Washington

20 Low Income Apartment Communities In Cowlitz County

20th Avenue

1615 20th Ave
Longview, Washington

Dororthy Street

1908 Dorothy St
Longview, Washington

Cowlitz Villa

1400 S 9th Ave
Kelso, Washington

Cowlitz Terrace

812 S 8th Ave
Kelso, Washington

Hidden Creek Apartments

5607 Finch Dr
Longview, Washington

Monticello Park

605 Broadway St
Longview, Washington

New Westside Terrace

1200 17th Ave
Longview, Washington

Riverview

161 Leaming Ave NW
Castle Rock, Washington
Subsidized

Hemlock Court

1700 Hemlock St
Longview, Washington

Villa San Martin

2611 Abbotsford Loop
Kelso, Washington

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Cowlitz County, Washington

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 Cowlitz County, Washington

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Opportunities of South West Washington Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Cowlitz County, Washington

There are 20 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,033 affordable apartments for rent in Cowlitz County, Washington.

Income Based Apartments in Cowlitz County, Washington

Cowlitz County features 484 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 Cowlitz County, Washington

There are 549 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Cowlitz County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Cowlitz County, Washington

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Cowlitz County landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Cowlitz County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Cowlitz County, Washington for a two-bedroom apartment is between $950 and $1,161.

2022 Cowlitz County, Washington 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
Cowlitz County, Washington Fair Market Rent $707 $808 $1,055 $1,499 $1,806
Cowlitz County, Washington Payment Standard Range $636 to $778 $727 to $889 $950 to $1,161 $1,349 to $1,649 $1,625 to $1,987

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Cowlitz County, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 20
Total Low Income Apartments 1,033
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 484
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.

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 $75,100

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 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 HUD Rental Assistance in Cowlitz County

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Cowlitz County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$16,750 $19,150 $23,030 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Cowlitz County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$27,900 $31,850 $35,850 $39,800 $43,000 $46,200 $49,400 $52,550
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Cowlitz County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$44,600 $51,000 $57,350 $63,700 $68,800 $73,900 $79,000 $84,100

Cities In Cowlitz County

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City Served By
Castle Rock The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Castle Rock is the Housing Opportunities of South West Washington.
Kalama
Kelso The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Kelso is the Kelso Housing Authority.
Longview The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Longview is the Housing Opportunities of South West Washington.
Longview Heights The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Longview Heights is the Housing Opportunities of South West Washington.
Ryderwood The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Ryderwood is the Housing Opportunities of South West Washington.
West Side Highway The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Side Highway is the Housing Opportunities of South West Washington.