Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Etowah County, AL

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The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Etowah County, Alabama
$10.55 (+146%) more than Alabama minimum wage and $10.55 (+146%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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How many renters live in Etowah County, Alabama?

The County of Etowah County has 103,088 people living in 39,956 households.

There are 22,941 renters living in 10,684 renter households in this County. Renters make up 22.25 percent of the population living in Etowah County.

What is the rental market like in Etowah County, Alabama?

There are an estimated 47,412 housing units in the Etowah County area. Of these, 11,060 units are rental homes, making up 23 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Etowah County, Alabama, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Etowah County?

The rental vacancy rate in Etowah County 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 Etowah County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Etowah County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
373 1,428 3,918 3,972 418
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Etowah County

A large number of apartments in Etowah County 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 Etowah County are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 39 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 26 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 Etowah County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $637 to $1,252. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $637
One BR $817
Two BR $940
Three BR $1,170
Four BR $1,252
2024 Fair Market Rents in Etowah County, Alabama

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

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 303 81 percent
One BR 1,025 72 percent
Two BR 2,540 65 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Etowah County, Alabama

How many affordable rental units are in Etowah County?

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

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 744
Public Housing 1,151
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 549
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 102
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 6
USDA Section 515 Rural Rental Housing 80
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Etowah County, Alabama

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

Income Based Apartments in Etowah County, Alabama

Etowah County features 2,033 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 Etowah County, Alabama

There are 480 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Etowah County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Etowah County, Alabama

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Etowah County landlords $400 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Etowah County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Etowah County, Alabama for a two-bedroom apartment is between $846 and $1,034.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.