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Arlington WA Homes for Rental

Arlington is a city in Snohomish County, Washington. The population of Arlington, according to the 2010 Census, is 17, 926. The total number of households in the city is 6, 563. The average household size for Arlington is 2.62. The total number of renter households in the city is 2, 454 which means that 37.4% of households are renter households.

Arlington’s Federally assisted affordable rental housing stock includes properties financed through the following programs:

Program Properties Units
Section 8 40
Section 202 109
Total 135
Note: The total does not necessarily equal the sum of each program as some properties may participate in multiple funding programs.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Arlington is 33.80. The largest Federally assisted affordable rental community in the city is Twin Ponds Apartments at 134 units and the smallest is Wesley Point Apartments at 24 unit(s). 4 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 209 units. Of the 135 units, units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.

Federally Assisted Units By Property

† This Property is Federally Assisted though Unit Counts are not available from HUD.

Rental Assistance for Tenants in Arlington

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.

In Arlington, there are 0 affordable housing properties providing rental assistance to very low income households.

To qualify for most rental assistance programs a renter must earn no more than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). In some cases, rental assistance is reserved for renters earning 30% or less of the AMI. In Arlington, to qualify for Section 8 assistance, a renter household containing four persons must earn $45, 150 or less. For some targeted rental assistance programs, a renter household of four can’t earn more than $27, 100.

It’s important to remember that in many rental assistance programs there are minimum rent regulations requiring assistance recipients to make a minimum payment of between $25 and $50 per month no matter how low their income.

HUD Assistance Income Limits

$31, 650 $36, 150 $40, 650 $45, 150 $48, 800 $52, 400 $56, 000 $59, 600
$19, 000 $21, 700 $24, 400 $27, 100 $29, 300 $32, 580 $36, 730 $40, 890

Income Limits

All affordable housing programs provided by or through the government have maximum income limits to qualify for assistance. These income limits are typically derived from the Area Median Income (AMI), the theoretical family income of the average household in a given geography.

The AMI is updated each year for each geographical area taking into consideration numerous economic indicators. The geographical areas used for establishing the AMI are either Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s) or counties.

Arlington is in the Snohomish County, WA MSA. The 2016 Area Median Income for a family of four in Arlington is $90, 300.

The income limits used for Section 8, public housing, Low Income Housing Tax Credits. the HOME program and other Federal programs all are derived from the HUD defined AMI.

Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

$37, 980 $43, 380 $48, 780 $54, 180 $58, 560 $62, 880 $67, 200 $71, 520

Fair Market Rents (FMR)

HUD establishes a Fair Market Rent each year for each Metropolitan Statistical Area in the country. This rent standard is used to establish Payment Standards for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance. HUD establishes FMR’s for 530 MSA’s and 2, 045 counties nationwide each fiscal year.

The FMR is largely a statistical derivative of the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) 5 year estimates for 2 bedroom median rent.

Calculating the maximum allowable rents under various subsidy programs is complex and each program has slightly different rules. In the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Project Based Assistance programs, maximum rents a landlord may charge include any tenant paid utility costs.

This utility allowance includes all necessary utilities like water/sewer, trash, heat, electricity or gas. Cable television, telephone, Internet and other non-essential utilities are excluded from this allowance.

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