Affordable Housing In Olympia
19 Low Income Apartment Communities In Olympia
Housing Authorities that serve Olympia
|Housing Authority of Thurston County||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV)|
Guide To Affordable Housing in Olympia, Washington
There are 19 low income housing apartment communities offering 2,004 affordable apartments for rent in Olympia, Washington.
Income Based Apartments in Olympia, Washington
Olympia features 495 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 Olympia, Washington
There are 1,509 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Olympia.
Housing Choice Vouchers in Olympia, Washington
On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Olympia landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Olympia.
The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Olympia, Washington for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,054 and $1,288.
2020 Olympia, 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|
|Fair Market Rent||$954||$960||$1,171||$1,689||$2,056|
|Payment Standard Range||$859 to $1,049||$864 to $1,056||$1,054 to $1,288||$1,520 to $1,858||$1,850 to $2,262|
Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.
Olympia, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot
|Total Affordable Apartment Properties||19|
|Total Low Income Apartments||2,004|
|Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance||495|
|Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters||52.18%|
|Average Renter Household Size||2.05|
|Average Household Size||2.28|
|Median Household Income||$53,617 ±$3,814|
|Median Rent||$952 ±$28|
|Percentage Of Renters Overburdened||52.33% ± 4.56pp|
Population and Household Demographics
Olympia is a city in Thurston County, Washington with a population of 48,941. There are 20,870 households in the city with an average household size of 2.28 persons. 52.18% of households in Olympia are renters.
Income and Rent Overburden in Olympia
The median gross income for households in Olympia is $53,617 a year, or $4,468 a month. The median rent for the city is $952 a month.
Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Olympia, a household making less than $3,173 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 52.33% of households who rent are overburdened in Olympia.
Area Median Income In Olympia
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 Olympia, the AMI is calculated from all households within Thurston County.
In Olympia, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $86,700
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 Olympia
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 Olympia
|Income||1 Person||2 Person||3 Person||4 Person||5 Person||6 Person||7 Person||8 Person|
|30% of Median||$18,200||$20,800||$23,400||$26,200||$30,680||$35,160||$39,640||$44,120|
|50% of Median||$30,350||$34,700||$39,050||$43,350||$46,850||$50,300||$53,800||$57,250|
|80% of Median||$48,550||$55,500||$62,450||$69,350||$74,900||$80,450||$86,000||$91,550|