Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Athens, AL

Discover affordable housing in Athens where there are 19+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.


700 FIFTH AVE, Athens, Alabama 35611

Peyton Ridge Village

23615 U.S. 72, Athens, Alabama 35613

Athens Village Apartments

1713 W Elm St, Athens, Alabama 35611

Water Oak Apartments

1418 E Elm St, Athens, Alabama 35611

Athens Manor

220 Hine St S, Athens, Alabama 35611

Athens Park Apartments

1701 W Elm St, Athens, Alabama 35611

Woodridge Apartments

1200 Woodridge Dr, Athens, Alabama 35611

Elmwood Apartments

1410 E Elm St, Athens, Alabama 35611

Camelot Apartments

600 Camelot Dr., Athens, Alabama 35611

Bonnie Doone Apartments

100 E Sanderfer Rd, Athens, Alabama 35611

Cottonwood Apartments

209 Southwind Dr, Athens, Alabama 35611

Oakview Apartments

1111 Juniper Private Circle, Athens, Alabama 35611

Southwind Apartments

208 Southwind Dr, Athens, Alabama 35611


515 HINE ST S, Athens, Alabama 35611


218 HINE ST S, Athens, Alabama 35611


17984 Arrowhead Cir, Athens, Alabama 35611

Windscape Apartments

2220 Windscape Dr, Athens, Alabama 35611

Athens Square

1601 W Elm St, Athens, Alabama 35611

Roberts Apartments and Sanderfer Road Apartments

100 Scotland Dr, Athens, Alabama 35611

The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Athens, Alabama
$16.39 (+226%) more than Alabama minimum wage and $16.39 (+226%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve Athens, Alabama?

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Operates the Public Housing programs for Athens, Alabama.

Go to the Alabama Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Athens.

How many renters live in Athens, Alabama?

The City of Athens has 26,179 people living in 10,441 households.

There are 8,696 renters living in 3,842 renter households in this City. Renters make up 33.22 percent of the population living in Athens.

What is the rental market like in Athens, Alabama?

There are an estimated 11,586 housing units in the Athens area. Of these, 4,104 units are rental homes, making up 35 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Athens, Alabama, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Athens?

The rental vacancy rate in Athens is 6 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

How many rental units are in Athens for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Athens
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
239 589 1,536 1,225 187
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Athens

A large number of apartments in Athens have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in Athens are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 36 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 13 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in Athens

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $900 to $1,937. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $900
One BR $1,067
Two BR $1,248
Three BR $1,619
Four BR $1,937
2024 Fair Market Rents in Athens, Alabama

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Athens?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 212 89 percent
One BR 541 92 percent
Two BR 1,400 91 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Athens, Alabama

How many affordable rental units are in Athens?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Athens, Alabama including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 541
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 437
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 55
USDA Section 515 Rural Rental Housing 152
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Athens, Alabama

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Athens, Alabama

Athens features 744 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Athens, Alabama

There are 394 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Athens.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Athens, Alabama

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Athens landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Athens.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Athens, Alabama for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,123 and $1,373.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.