Cheap Apartments In Kelso
Cowlitz County,Washington

Country Run Apartments

120 Solomon Road
Kelso, WA
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Cowlitz Villa

1400 S 9th Ave
Kelso, WA

Cowlitz Terrace

812 S 8th Ave
Kelso, WA
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Villa San Martin

2611 Abbotsford Loop
Kelso, WA
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There are 4 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 244 affordable apartments for rent in Kelso, Washington. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 100 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 0 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Kelso. There are 144 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Housing Authorities that serve Kelso

The Kelso Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Kelso, Washington.

Understanding Affordable Housing in Kelso, Washington

Kelso, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties4
Total Low Income Apartments244
Total Rent Assisted Apartments100
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters55.12%
Average Renter Household Size2.77
Total Population11,837
Housing Units4,374
Average Household Size2.70
Median Household Income$33,843 ±$2,826
Median Rent$783 ±$22
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened58.4% ± 10.89pp

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.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 10.89 percentage points.

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 $63,600

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 Kelso HUD Rental Assistance in Kelso

Income1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
30% of Median$13,650$16,460$20,780$25,100$29,420$33,740$38,060$42,380
50% of Median$22,750$26,000$29,250$32,500$35,100$37,700$40,300$42,900
80% of Median$36,400$41,600$46,800$52,000$56,200$60,350$64,500$68,650

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.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Kelso

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

From 1992 to 2006, 3 low income apartment communities containing 139 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Kelso by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Kelso 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.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Kelso

Income1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
50% of Median$22,750$26,000$29,250$32,500$35,100$37,700$40,300$42,900
60% of Median$27,300$31,200$35,100$39,000$42,120$45,240$48,360$51,480

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 Kelso is $35,100 a year, or $2,925 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,925 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $878 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 AMIStudio1 Bed2 Bed3 Bed4 Bed5 Bed
50%$569$609$731$845$943$1,040
60%$683$731$878$1,014$1,131$1,248
Fair Market Rents in Kelso

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.

2018 Fair Market Rents
StudioOne BRTwo BRThree BRFour BR
$564$682$855$1,244$1,506