Household Income

Household income is an important factor in qualifying for rental assistance. Subsidized apartments offer units with different rent levels for different household income categories. Each unit also has a different income limits depending on the size of the apartment. 

The household income categories are:

Acutely low income: 0-15% of AMI
Extremely low income: 15-30% of AMI
Very low income: 30% to 50% of AMI
Lower income: 50% to 80% of AMI; the term may also be used to mean 0% to 80% of AMI
Moderate income: 80% to 120% of AMI

Source: California Dept. of Housing and Community Development.

Area Median Income (AMI) is the midpoint of a region’s income distribution- half of the families in a region earn more than the median and half earn less than the median.

The 2022 Mendocino County AMI is $80,300. This table shows the the annual income limits for each household category:

2022 Mendocino County Income Limits
Persons in household: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Acutely low income 8,450 9,650 10,850 12,050 13,000 14,000 14,950 15,900
Extremely low income 16,900 19,300 23,030 27,750 32,470 37,190 41,910 46,630
Very low income 28,150 32,150 36,150 40,150 43,400 46,600 49,800 53,000
Low income 45,000 51,400 57,850 64,250 69,400 74,550 79,700 84,850
Median income 56,200 64,250 72,250 80,300 86,700 93,150 99,550 106,000
Moderate income 67,450 77,100 86,700 96,350 104,050 111,750 119,450 127,200

Source: California Dept. of Housing and Community Development. (pdf)

Example: Mary’s family of two has a household income of $30,000 per year, which is about 37% of the Mendocino Area Median Income (AMI) of $80,300.

Mary’s family may qualify for a project-based voucher for “very low income” households.

Remember that income is one factor when qualifying for subsidized housing. Our housing guides can help you figure out if you qualify, so make an appointment today!

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