Kelso, Washington Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing programs support 166 income based apartments in Kelso where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 144 affordable apartments in Kelso that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Kelso, Washington

There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Kelso. Go to the Washington Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near Kelso.

Country Run Apartments

120 Solomon Rd
Kelso, Washington
Call For Rent
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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Affordable Housing Near Kelso

View affordable apartments and waiting lists in cities near Kelso

City Apartments
Longview, WA Affordable Housing programs support 10 apartment communities in Longview.
Kalama, WA Affordable Housing programs support 2 apartment communities in Kalama.
Castle Rock, WA Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Castle Rock.

Public Housing Agencies Serving 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.

Housing Authority Programs
Kelso Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-Sufficiency
Go to the Washington Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Kelso.

Kelso, Washington Affordable Housing Data

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 $1,010 and $1,234.

2023 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 $750 $891 $1,122 $1,595 $1,911
Kelso, Washington Payment Standard Range $675 to $825 $802 to $980 $1,010 to $1,234 $1,436 to $1,755 $1,720 to $2,102

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