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Affordable Housing In Birmingham
Jefferson County, Alabama

110 Low Income Apartment Communities In Birmingham

Princeton Towers

909 Princeton Ave SW
Birmingham, Alabama
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Farrington Apartments

2935 Creek Ln NE
Birmingham, Alabama
Call For Rent
2-4 BR
Subsidized

Highland Manor

2040 Highland Ave S
Birmingham, Alabama
Income Based
1-2 BR
Subsidized
Accessible
62+

Summit Ridge Apartments

149 Haversham Dr
Birmingham, Alabama
Income Based
1-3 BR
Subsidized

TuxedoTerrace

2025 Avenue Q
Birmingham, Alabama
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Valley Brook Apartments

2969 Gallant Dr
Birmingham, Alabama
Income Based
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Monroe Avenue Apartments

1400 Monroe Ave. SW
Birmingham, Alabama
Call For Rent
2 BR
Subsidized

Elyton Village

243 4th Ct W
Birmingham, Alabama
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Tom Brown Village

4175 5th Ct N
Birmingham, Alabama
Call For Rent
1-5 BR

Collegeville Center

3114 32nd Ave N
Birmingham, Alabama
Call For Rent
1-5 BR

Housing Authorities that serve Birmingham

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the Birmingham District Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA); Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)
Jefferson County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Birmingham, Alabama

There are 110 low income housing apartment communities offering 10,738 affordable apartments for rent in Birmingham, Alabama.

Income Based Apartments in Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham features 8,228 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 Birmingham, Alabama

There are 2,510 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Birmingham.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Birmingham, Alabama

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Birmingham landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Birmingham.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Birmingham, Alabama for a two-bedroom apartment is between $902 and $1,102.

2021 Birmingham, Alabama Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Fair Market Rent $817 $871 $1,002 $1,303 $1,409
Payment Standard Range $735 to $899 $784 to $958 $902 to $1,102 $1,173 to $1,433 $1,268 to $1,550

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Birmingham, AL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 110
Total Low Income Apartments 10,738
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 8,228
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 53.18%
Average Renter Household Size 2.23
Average Household Size 2.26
Median Household Income $31,061 ±$695
Median Rent $728 ±$8
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.98% ± 1.83pp
Total Population 212,211

Population and Household Demographics

Birmingham is a city in Jefferson County, Alabama with a population of 212,211. There are 89,972 households in the city with an average household size of 2.26 persons. 53.18% of households in Birmingham are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Birmingham

The median gross income for households in Birmingham is $31,061 a year, or $2,588 a month. The median rent for the city is $728 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Birmingham, a household making less than $2,427 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.98% of households who rent are overburdened in Birmingham.

Area Median Income In Birmingham

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Birmingham, the AMI is calculated from all households within Jefferson County.

In Birmingham, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $73,100

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Birmingham

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Birmingham

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $15,400 $17,600 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $25,600 $29,250 $32,900 $36,550 $39,500 $42,400 $45,350 $48,250
80% of Median $40,950 $46,800 $52,650 $58,500 $63,200 $67,900 $72,550 $77,250