Affordable Housing In Birmingham
Jefferson County, Alabama

Waiting List Openings In Birmingham

Bessemer and Brighton, AL Public Housing Waiting List

The Jefferson County Housing Authority (JCHA) Bessemer Public Housing waiting list applications for 2 and 3-Bedroom apartments at Terrace Manor I, Terrace Manor II and Oak Ridge will be accepted from August 8, 2022, until September 19, 2022 at 4:00 pm CT.

How to Apply for the Bessemer and Brighton, AL Public Housing Waiting List.

112 Low Income Apartment Communities In Birmingham

Princeton Towers

909 Princeton Ave SW
Birmingham, Alabama
Income Based
1 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

Farrington Apartments

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

Highland Manor

2040 Highland Ave S
Birmingham, Alabama
Income Based
1-2 BR

Summit Ridge Apartments

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


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

Valley Brook Apartments

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

Monroe Avenue Apartments

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

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

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Birmingham, 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.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Birmingham, Alabama

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 112 low income housing apartment communities offering 10,812 affordable apartments for rent in Birmingham, Alabama.

Income Based Apartments in Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham features 8,246 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 2,566 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 $849 and $1,037.

2022 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
Birmingham, Alabama Fair Market Rent $765 $820 $943 $1,220 $1,316
Birmingham, Alabama Payment Standard Range $689 to $842 $738 to $902 $849 to $1,037 $1,098 to $1,342 $1,184 to $1,448

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Birmingham, AL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 112
Total Low Income Apartments 10,812
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 8,246
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 $84,800

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

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Birmingham AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$17,850 $20,400 $23,030 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Birmingham AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$29,700 $33,950 $38,200 $42,400 $45,800 $49,200 $52,600 $56,000
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Birmingham AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$47,500 $54,300 $61,100 $67,850 $73,300 $78,750 $84,150 $89,600