Affordable Housing In Kelso
Cowlitz County, Washington

6 Low Income Apartment Communities In Kelso

Country Run Apartments

120 Solomon Rd
Kelso, Washington
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2-4 BR

Kelso Homes

1415 S 10th St
Kelso, Washington
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1-4 BR

Kalama Homes

1415 S 10th St
Kelso, Washington
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2-3 BR

Cowlitz Villa

1400 S 9th Ave
Kelso, Washington

Cowlitz Terrace

812 S 8th Ave
Kelso, Washington

Villa San Martin

2611 Abbotsford Loop
Kelso, Washington
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Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Kelso, 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 Kelso, Washington

Housing Authority Programs
Kelso Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-Sufficiency

Guide To Affordable Housing in Kelso, Washington

There are 6 low income housing apartment communities offering 310 affordable apartments for rent in Kelso, Washington.

Income Based Apartments in Kelso, Washington

Kelso features 166 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 Kelso, Washington

There are 144 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Kelso.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Kelso, Washington

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Kelso landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Kelso.

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

2022 Kelso, 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
Kelso, Washington Fair Market Rent $707 $808 $1,055 $1,499 $1,806
Kelso, 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 research.

Kelso, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 6
Total Low Income Apartments 310
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 166
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 55.12%
Average Renter Household Size 2.77
Average Household Size 2.70
Median Household Income $33,843 ±$2,826
Median Rent $783 ±$22
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 58.4% ± 10.89pp
Total Population 11,837

Population and Household Demographics

Kelso is a city in Cowlitz County, Washington with a population of 11,837. There are 4,374 households in the city with an average household size of 2.70 persons. 55.12% of households in Kelso are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Kelso

The median gross income for households in Kelso is $33,843 a year, or $2,820 a month. The median rent for the city is $783 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Kelso, a household making less than $2,610 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 58.4% of households who rent are overburdened in Kelso.

Area Median Income In Kelso

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

In Kelso, 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 Kelso

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 Kelso

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Kelso 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 Kelso 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 Kelso 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