Affordable Housing In Salem
Harrison County, West Virginia


Waiting List Openings In Salem

Waiting ListStatus
Clarksburg-Harrison Regional Housing Authority Public Housing Open Now

2 Low Income Apartment Communities In Salem

Randolph Terrace Apartments

1 New York Ave
Salem, WV
Subsidized

Hickory Hill Apartments

103 New York Ave
Salem, WV
Subsidized
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Housing Authorities that serve Salem

Housing Authority Programs
Clarksburg-Harrison Regional Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Salem, West Virginia

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 2 low income housing apartment communities offering 103 affordable apartments for rent in Salem, West Virginia. Salem features 103 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 0 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Salem.

Salem, WV Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 2
Total Low Income Apartments 103
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 103
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 35.16%
Average Renter Household Size 2.43
Average Household Size 2.61
Median Household Income $35,438 ±$4,296
Median Rent $545 ±$104
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 48.78% ± 14.19pp
Total Population 1,671

Population and Household Demographics

Salem is a City in Harrison County, West Virginia with a population of 1,671. There are 583 households in the city with an average household size of 2.61 persons. 35.16% of households in Salem are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Salem

The median gross income for households in Salem is $35,438 a year, or $2,953 a month. The median rent for the city is $545 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Salem, a household making less than $1,817 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 48.78% of households who rent are overburdened in Salem.1

Area Median Income In Salem

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 Salem, the AMI is calculated from all households within Harrison County.

In Salem, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $69,100

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 Salem

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 Salem HUD Rental Assistance in Salem

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,500 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $24,150 $27,600 $31,050 $34,450 $37,250 $40,000 $42,750 $45,500
80% of Median $38,600 $44,100 $49,600 $55,100 $59,550 $63,950 $68,350 $72,750

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 Salem

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $24,150 $27,600 $31,050 $34,450 $37,250 $40,000 $42,750 $45,500
60% of Median $28,980 $33,120 $37,260 $41,340 $44,700 $48,000 $51,300 $54,600

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 Salem is $37,260 a year, or $3,105 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,105 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $932 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% $604 $647 $776 $896 $1,000 $1,103
60% $725 $776 $932 $1,076 $1,200 $1,324
Fair Market Rents in Salem

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
$619 $623 $777 $972 $1,152