Affordable Housing In Kalama
Cowlitz County,Washington

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There are 2 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 48 affordable apartments for rent in Kalama, Washington. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 16 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 0 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Kalama. There are 32 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Affordable Apartments in Kalama

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202 Cloverdale Rd
Kalama, Washington
226 Cloverdale Road is a 16 unit low income housing apartment community in Kalama.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
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116 S 1st St
Kalama, Washington
Columbia View Harbor is a 32 unit low income housing apartment community in Kalama.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Kalama.
Section 515 Rural Rental Housing
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Understanding Affordable Housing in Kalama, Washington

Kalama, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties2
Total Low Income Apartments48
Total Rent Assisted Apartments16
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters29.53%
Average Renter Household Size2.96
Total Population2,498
Housing Units1,009
Average Household Size2.48
Median Household Income$51,979 ±$6,806
Median Rent$1,017 ±$256
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened38.26% ± 15.67pp

Population and Household Demographics

Kalama is a City in Cowlitz County, Washington with a population of 2,498. There are 1,009 households in the city with an average household size of 2.48 persons. 29.53% of households in Kalama are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Kalama

The median gross income for households in Kalama is $51,979 a year, or $4,332 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,017 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Kalama, a household making less than $3,390 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent.38.26% of households who rent are overburdened in Kalama.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 15.67 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Kalama

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 Kalama, the AMI is calculated from all households within Cowlitz County.

In Kalama, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $52,100

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 Kalama

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.

Kalama HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Kalama by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

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.

Kalama Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person

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 Kalama is $33,540 a year, or $2,795 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,795 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $839 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 AMIStudio2 Bed3 Bed4 Bed1 Bed5 Bed