Affordable Housing In Lewis County

24 Low Income Apartment Communities In Lewis County

Virginia Station Apartments

111 Virginia Dr
Centralia, WA
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Chehalis Avenue Apartments

366 SW 3rd Street
Chehalis, WA

Centralia Manor

303 W Pine St
Centralia, WA

Cascade Court

1605 Johnson Rd
Centralia, WA
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Chehalis Valley Apartments

1025 Southwest 20th Street
Chehalis, WA
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Chehalis Manor

300 S Market Blvd
Chehalis, WA

Lewis and Clark Apartments

117 W Magnolia St
Centralia, WA

Vintage at Chehalis

1590 N National Ave
Chehalis, WA
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103 Tigerville Loop
Winlock, LA

Villa San Juan Batista

2613 Cooks Hill Rd
Centralia, WA
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There are 24 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 1,379 affordable apartments for rent in Lewis County. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 655 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Lewis County, HUD housing programs support 240 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 724 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Guide To Affordable Housing in Lewis County, Washington

Lewis County, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 24
Total Low Income Apartments 1,379
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 655
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 32.62%
Average Renter Household Size 2.50
Total Population 75,515
Housing Units 29,515
Average Household Size 2.52
Median Household Income $44,100 ±$1,437
Median Rent $801 ±$23
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.88% ± 3.3pp

Population and Household Demographics

Lewis County is a County in Washington with a population of 75,515. There are 29,515 households in the county with an average household size of 2.52 persons. 32.62% of households in Lewis County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Lewis County

The median gross income for households in Lewis County is $44,100 a year, or $3,675 a month. The median rent for the county is $801 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Lewis County, a household making less than $2,670 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.88% of households who rent are overburdened in Lewis County.1

Area Median Income In Lewis 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 Lewis County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $55,800

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 Lewis 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 Lewis County HUD Rental Assistance in Lewis County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $13,550 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $42,450
50% of Median $22,550 $25,750 $28,950 $32,150 $34,750 $37,300 $39,900 $42,450
80% of Median $36,050 $41,200 $46,350 $51,450 $55,600 $59,700 $63,800 $67,950
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Lewis County

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

From 1990 to 2008, 12 low income apartment communities containing 815 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Lewis County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

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 Lewis County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $22,550 $25,750 $28,950 $32,150 $34,750 $37,300 $39,900 $42,450
60% of Median $27,060 $30,900 $34,740 $38,580 $41,700 $44,760 $47,880 $50,940

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 Lewis County is $34,740 a year, or $2,895 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,895 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $869 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 AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $564 $604 $724 $836 $933 $1,029
60% $677 $725 $869 $1,004 $1,119 $1,235
Fair Market Rents in Lewis County

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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$583 $693 $908 $1,245 $1,417

Cities In Lewis County

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City Listings Served By
Centralia 16
Chehalis 5
Napavine 1
Winlock 2
Fords Prairie 0
Mineral 0
Morton 0
Mossyrock 0
Onalaska 0
Packwood 0
Pe Ell 0
Toledo 0
Vader 0