Low Income Apartments In Yakima
Yakima County, Washington

Low Income Apartments In Yakima

Maple Leaf Townhouses

1205 North Second St.
Yakima, WA
Income Based
2-3 BR

Providence House - Yakima

312 N 4th Street
Yakima, WA
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

Beech Street Apartments

1402 E Beech Street
Yakima, WA
HCV Welcome

Central Villa Apartments

1004 S 3rd Ave
Yakima, WA
HCV Welcome

Chestnut Court & Spruce Street Apartments

1112 E. Spruce Street
Yakima, WA
HCV Welcome

Cornerstone Apartments

1210 S. 72nd Avenue
Yakima, WA
HCV Welcome

East Ridge Apartments

825 E D Street #101
Yakima, WA
HCV Welcome

Sagewood Apartments

1618 E Beech Street
Yakima, WA
HCV Welcome

The Grand Hotel Apartments

308 E Yakima Ave
Yakima, WA
HCV Welcome

Viola Apartments

1121 East Viola
Yakima, WA
HCV Welcome

There are 29 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 1,816 affordable apartments for rent in Yakima. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 668 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Yakima, HUD housing programs support 189 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 1,148 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Yakima

Housing Authority Programs
Yakima Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-sufficiency; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Mainstream Voucher; Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Yakima, Washington

Yakima, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 29
Total Low Income Apartments 1,816
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 668
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 46.06%
Average Renter Household Size 2.79
Total Population 93,261
Housing Units 33,081
Average Household Size 2.74
Median Household Income $40,726 ±$1,324
Median Rent $771 ±$15
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 50.92% ± 3.38pp

Population and Household Demographics

Yakima is a City in Yakima County, Washington with a population of 93,261. There are 33,081 households in the city with an average household size of 2.74 persons. 46.06% of households in Yakima are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Yakima

The median gross income for households in Yakima is $40,726 a year, or $3,394 a month. The median rent for the city is $771 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Yakima, a household making less than $2,570 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 50.92% of households who rent are overburdened in Yakima.1

Area Median Income In Yakima

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

In Yakima, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $60,600

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 Yakima

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 Yakima HUD Rental Assistance in Yakima

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 Yakima

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

From 1988 to 2007, 14 low income apartment communities containing 1,172 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Yakima 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 Yakima

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
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 Yakima 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 Yakima

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
$556 $637 $837 $1,144 $1,285