. Low Income Apartments For Rent in Merrill, Wisconsin - Affordable Housing Online

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The Meadows

2700 E 6th St
Merrill, Wisconsin
Rent Assisted

Lincoln Heights

603 Woodbine Ave
Merrill, Wisconsin

Jenny Towers

711 E 1st St
Merrill, Wisconsin

Park Place and Westgate

215 Grand Ave
Merrill, Wisconsin
Rent Assisted
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Park City Apartments

711 Martin St
Merrill, Wisconsin
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Merrill City Hall

713 E 2nd St
Merrill, Wisconsin
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There are 80 low-income apartments in Merrill that offer reduced rents to eligible households.

Rental assistance programs support 243 low-income homes in Merrill where households pay rent based on how much they earn. For 2023, elgible households participating in federally assisted housing pay an average of $271 towards rent each month.

Affordable rent data for some communities last confirmed on June 23rd, 2020. Subdsidized rents typically change once a year based on federal guidance.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Merrill, Wisconsin

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Housing Authority Programs
Merrill Housing Authority Public Housing
Lincoln County Housing Authority Public Housing
Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
North Central Community Action Program Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Go to the Wisconsin Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Merrill.

Merrill, Wisconsin Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Merrill, Wisconsin

Merrill features 243 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 Merrill, Wisconsin

There are 80 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Merrill.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Merrill, Wisconsin

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Merrill landlords $400 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Merrill.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Merrill, Wisconsin for a two-bedroom apartment is between $743 and $909.

2023 Merrill, Wisconsin 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
Merrill, Wisconsin Fair Market Rent $552 $642 $826 $1,167 $1,213
Merrill, Wisconsin Payment Standard Range $497 to $607 $578 to $706 $743 to $909 $1,050 to $1,284 $1,092 to $1,334

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Merrill, WI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 6
Total Low Income Apartments 323
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 243
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 41.26%
Average Renter Household Size 2.15
Average Household Size 2.25
Median Household Income $41,130 ±$3,640
Median Rent $609 ±$31
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 37.66% ± 7.93pp
Total Population 9,419

Population and Household Demographics

Merrill is a city in Lincoln County, Wisconsin with a population of 9,419. There are 4,055 households in the city with an average household size of 2.25 persons. 41.26% of households in Merrill are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Merrill

The median gross income for households in Merrill is $41,130 a year, or $3,428 a month. The median rent for the city is $609 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Merrill, a household making less than $2,030 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 37.66% of households who rent are overburdened in Merrill.

Area Median Income In Merrill

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 Merrill, the AMI is calculated from all households within Lincoln County.

In Merrill, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $89,200

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 Merrill

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 Merrill

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Merrill AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$18,150 $20,750 $24,860 $30,000 $35,140 $40,280 $45,420 $50,560
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Merrill AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$30,250 $34,550 $38,850 $43,150 $46,650 $50,100 $53,550 $57,000
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Merrill AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$48,350 $55,250 $62,150 $69,050 $74,600 $80,100 $85,650 $91,150