Affordable Housing In Birmingham
Waiting List Openings In Birmingham
112 Low Income Apartment Communities In Birmingham
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 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 AffordableHousingOnline.com 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|
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
|1 Person||2 Person||3 Person||4 Person||5 Person||6 Person||7 Person||8 Person|
|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.
|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.
|80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Birmingham AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.