Affordable Housing In Spokane
Spokane County, Washington

98 Low Income Apartment Communities In Spokane

Bel Franklin Apartments

225 N Division St
Spokane, WA
Studio-1 BR
HCV Welcome

Casas Salvadas

704 S Sherman Street
Spokane, WA
Studio-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Wilton Apartments

156-1/2 S Browne St
Spokane, WA
Income Based
Studio BR
HCV Welcome

Triplex Project

1714-31 E Desmet and 1708-30 E. Boone
Spokane, WA
1-2 BR

Hidden Pines Apartments

9817 E 6th Avenue
Spokane, WA
2-4 BR

Hoffman Apartments

3024 E Hoffman Avenue
Spokane, WA
Income Based
1-2 BR

Kensington Court Apartments

152 S. Pine St.
Spokane, WA
Studio-2 BR

Rockwell Apartments

14521 E. Rockwell Avenue
Spokane, WA
Income Based
2 BR

55th Avenue Apartments

3323 E 55th Avenue
Spokane, WA
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Pioneer Park Place

424 W 7th Avenue
Spokane, WA
1 BR
HCV Welcome

Housing Authorities that serve Spokane

Housing Authority Programs
Spokane Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Homeownership Voucher

Guide To Affordable Housing in Spokane, Washington

According to federal housing data and research, there are 98 low income housing apartment communities offering 6,215 affordable apartments for rent in Spokane, Washington. Spokane features 2,258 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 3,957 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Spokane.

Spokane, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 98
Total Low Income Apartments 6,215
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 2,258
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 44.52%
Average Renter Household Size 2.19
Average Household Size 2.32
Median Household Income $42,386 ±$1,139
Median Rent $747 ±$11
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.86% ± 2.3pp
Total Population 210,695

Population and Household Demographics

Spokane is a City in Spokane County, Washington with a population of 210,695. There are 87,623 households in the city with an average household size of 2.32 persons. 44.52% of households in Spokane are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Spokane

The median gross income for households in Spokane is $42,386 a year, or $3,532 a month. The median rent for the city is $747 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Spokane, a household making less than $2,490 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.86% of households who rent are overburdened in Spokane.1

Area Median Income In Spokane

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 Spokane, the AMI is calculated from all households within Spokane County.

In Spokane, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $72,700

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 Spokane

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 Spokane HUD Rental Assistance in Spokane

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $15,050 $17,200 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $25,100 $28,700 $32,300 $35,850 $38,750 $41,600 $44,500 $47,350
80% of Median $40,150 $45,900 $51,650 $57,350 $61,950 $66,550 $71,150 $75,750
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Spokane

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

From 1989 to 2009, 21 low income apartment communities containing 3,161 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Spokane 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 Spokane

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $25,100 $28,700 $32,300 $35,850 $38,750 $41,600 $44,500 $47,350
60% of Median $30,120 $34,440 $38,760 $43,020 $46,500 $49,920 $53,400 $56,820

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 Spokane is $38,760 a year, or $3,230 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,230 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $969 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% $628 $673 $808 $933 $1,040 $1,148
60% $753 $807 $969 $1,119 $1,248 $1,378
Fair Market Rents in Spokane

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.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$597 $696 $910 $1,305 $1,551