Affordable Housing In Vancouver
Clark County, Washington

Waiting List Openings In Vancouver

Waiting ListStatus
Vancouver Housing Authority Other Senior Open Now

64 Low Income Apartment Communities In Vancouver

Springfield Meadows

4305 NE 66th Ave
Vancouver, WA
Studio-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Steeple Chase Apartments

4617 St. Johns Road
Vancouver, WA
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
HCV Welcome

The Meadows at Cascade Park

13314 SE 19th St
Vancouver, WA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

1st Street Apartments

301 SE 166th Ave
Vancouver, WA
Call For Rent
Studio-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Cascade Woods - Phase I & II

2508 NE 138th Ave
Vancouver, WA
Income Based
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Isabella Court 2 Bedroom

3112 NE 62nd Ave, Apt 2
Vancouver, WA
HCV Welcome

Lincoln Place

1351 W. Lincoln St.
Vancouver, WA
HCV Welcome

El Marko

4109 NE 127th Ave
Vancouver, WA

Columbia House

130 W 24th St
Vancouver, WA

Cherry Park

3200 NE 62nd Ave
Vancouver, WA
Disabled Supportive Housing

Housing Authorities that serve Vancouver

Housing Authority Programs
Vancouver Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Homeownership Voucher; Family Self-sufficiency; Moving to Work; Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Vancouver, Washington

According to federal housing data and research, there are 64 low income housing apartment communities offering 5,191 affordable apartments for rent in Vancouver, Washington. Vancouver features 1,406 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 3,633 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Vancouver.

Vancouver, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 64
Total Low Income Apartments 5,191
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,406
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 51.21%
Average Renter Household Size 2.47
Average Household Size 2.49
Median Household Income $50,626 ±$778
Median Rent $955 ±$12
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.47% ± 2.18pp
Total Population 168,050

Population and Household Demographics

Vancouver is a City in Clark County, Washington with a population of 168,050. There are 66,417 households in the city with an average household size of 2.49 persons. 51.21% of households in Vancouver are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Vancouver

The median gross income for households in Vancouver is $50,626 a year, or $4,219 a month. The median rent for the city is $955 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Vancouver, a household making less than $3,183 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.47% of households who rent are overburdened in Vancouver.1

Area Median Income In Vancouver

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 Vancouver, the AMI is calculated from all households within Clark County.

In Vancouver, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $87,900

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 Vancouver

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 Vancouver HUD Rental Assistance in Vancouver

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $18,450 $21,100 $23,750 $26,350 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $30,800 $35,200 $39,600 $43,950 $47,500 $51,000 $54,500 $58,050
80% of Median $49,250 $56,250 $63,300 $70,300 $75,950 $81,550 $87,200 $92,800
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Vancouver

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

From 1988 to 2008, 27 low income apartment communities containing 3,353 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Vancouver 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 Vancouver

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $30,800 $35,200 $39,600 $43,950 $47,500 $51,000 $54,500 $58,050
60% of Median $36,960 $42,240 $47,520 $52,740 $57,000 $61,200 $65,400 $69,660

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 Vancouver is $47,520 a year, or $3,960 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,960 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,188 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% $770 $825 $990 $1,143 $1,275 $1,407
60% $924 $990 $1,188 $1,372 $1,530 $1,688
Fair Market Rents in Vancouver

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
$1,192 $1,289 $1,495 $2,157 $2,625