Income and Rent Limits

Please note that there are two sets of income limits. The first set of limits applies to units regulated by state or local programs. The second set of limits applies to units regulated by federal programs.

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State and Local Programs

Income Limits

The income limits below apply to the following programs: Sonoma County Density Bonus, Sonoma County Second Dwelling Unit, County Fund For Housing, California Redevelopment Law

These income limits apply only to Sonoma County Community Development Commission-assisted units. They are NOT to be used as a guide for programs regulated by any agency other than the Sonoma County Community Development Commission. It is up to each property owner to determine which regulations preside if a unit is regulated by more than one program. 

Effective June 28, 2019

Persons in HouseholdExtremely Low IncomeVery Low Income
50% AMI**
60% AMILow Income
80% AMI
Median Income
100% AMI
Moderate Income
120% AMI
122,700 37,800 45,36060,50065,300 78,350 
2 25,950 43,20051,84069,15074,65089,550
329,20048,600 58,32077,80083,950100,750
432,40054,00064,80086,40093,300 111,950
535,00058,35070,02093,350100,750120,900
637,60062,65075,180100,250 108,250129,850
740,20067,000 80,400 107,150 115,700 138,800 
843,43071,300 85,560 114,050123,150 147,750 

 *The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has made its final decision to implement a new State Income Limit Hold Harmless (HH) Policy beginning 2013.

**AMI = Area Median Income

Rent Limits

These rent limits are calculated using the formula in California Health & Safety Code 50052.5 & 5005.3 

Unit Size (assumed # occupants)Extremely Low Income Rent Limit (30% AMI)Very Low Income Rent Limit (50% AMI)Low Income Rent Limit (60% AMI)
Studio (1)5689451,134
1 Bedroom (2)6491,080 1,296 
2 Bedroom (3)7301,215 1,458 
3 Bedroom (4)810 1,350  1,620 
4 Bedroom (5)875 1,459  1,751 

Utility Allowance

Subtract from the maximum rent the approved utility allowance for any utilities that the tenant pays in addition to the rent. Confirm the appropriate utility allowance with the Sonoma County Community Development Commission. See utility allowances here.

Assumption

The rents are computed based on the income limits for an assumed household size equal to the number of bedrooms in the unit plus one person. For example, the rents for a three-bedroom unit are based upon the income limits for a four-person household.

Federal Programs

Income Limits

These Income Limits apply only to Sonoma County Community Development Commission units assisted by the following funds: Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). They are not to be used as a guide for programs regulated by any agency other than the Sonoma County Community Development Commission. It is up to each property owner to determine which regulations preside if a unit is regulated by more than one program.

Persons In Household 30% Area Median Income Very Low Income 50% AMI HOME Low 60% Area Median Income Low Income 80% AMI Home High
122,700 37,800 45,360 60,500 
2 25,95043,200 51,84069,150 
3 29,200 48,600 58,320 77,800 
4 32,400 54,000 64,800 86,400 
5 35,00058,350 70,020 93,350 
6 37,600 62,650 75,180 100,250 
7 40,200 67,000 80,400 107,150 
8 42,800 71,300 85,560 114,050 

Rent Limits

Maximum Rent Limits for All HOME CDBG and NSP Units

As set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Rent Level Studio 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom 4 Bedroom
LOW (Very Low-Income - 50% AMI) 945 1,012 1,215 1,404 1,566 
HIGH (Low Income - 65% AMI) 1,209 1,297 1,558 1,792 1,979 

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    Benjamin Wickham

    Affordable Housing Director

    Sonoma County Community Development Commission

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