How do I know if my income qualifies me for affordable housing?

There are literally dozens of different housing programs that you might qualify for. Generally, if you earn less than 60% of the median income for your area, you can qualify for LIHTC apartments, which makes up the largest chunk of rental apartments available. To qualify for rental subsidies, where you only pay 30% of your income for rent, you'll need to earn less than 50% of the median income. Many of the programs go out of their way to target even lower income people, even as low as 30% of the median income. Homeownership is targeted to low/moderate and moderate working families who earn 60% to 120%. (Click here to see the HUD Income Chart)

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1. What is Affordable Housing?
2. Why is Affordable Housing so Important?
3. What is Area Median Income (AMI)?
4. How do I know if my income qualifies me for affordable housing?
5. Where do I apply for affordable homes in Southampton? Where and how do I apply to rent an apartment?
6. Can I buy a house if I have bad credit?
7. What does subsidized housing mean?
8. What is Section 8?
9. Can I apply for Section 8?
10. What is a Housing Authority?
11. I saw a property that was built with LIHTC. What is LIHTC?
12. Do you provide emergency shelter?
13. Do you provide any helpful resources?