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 Single-Family Development Fee Deferral, 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 July 2, 2020

Persons in HouseholdExtremely Low IncomeVery Low Income
50% AMI**
60% AMILow Income
80% AMI
Median Income
100% AMI
Moderate Income
120% AMI
123,900 39,800 47,76063,65071,900 86,300
2 27,30045,45054,54072,75082,15098,600
330,70051,15061,38081,85092,450110,950
434,10056,80068,16090,900102,700 123,250
536,85061,35073,62098,200110,900133,100
639,60062,65079,080105,450119,150142,950
742,30070,45084,540 112,750 127,350 152,850
845,05075,000 90,000 120,000135,550 162,700 

 *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)5989951,194
1 Bedroom (2)6831,136 1,364
2 Bedroom (3)7681,279 1,535
3 Bedroom (4)853 1,420 1,704 
4 Bedroom (5)921 1,534 1,841

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
123,90039,800 47,760 63,650 
2 27,30045,45054,54072,750
3 30,700 51,150 61,380 81,850 
4 34,100 56,80068,160 90,900
5 36,85061,350 73,62098,200
6 39,600 65,90079,080105,450
7 42,30070,45084,540112,750
8 45,05075,00090,000`120,000

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) 995 1,0651,2781,476 1,647
HIGH (Low Income - 65% AMI) 1,2731,3651,6411,887 2,085

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    Benjamin Wickham

    Affordable Housing Director

    Sonoma County Community Development Commission

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