Affordable Housing In Houston County

3 Low Income Apartment Communities In Houston County

Columbia Ha

211 S Davis St
Columbia, AL

Willow Lane

515 Sealy Wells Rd
Cottonwood, AL

Magnolia Homes

121 Magnolia Dr
Ashford, AL
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Other Housing Authorities located in Houston County

Housing Authority Programs
Dothan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-sufficiency; Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)
Housing Authority of the City of Columbia Public Housing
Cottonwood Housing Authority Public Housing
Ashford Housing Authority Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Houston County, Alabama

According to federal housing data and research, there are 3 low income housing apartment communities offering 146 affordable apartments for rent in Houston County, Alabama. Houston County features 146 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 0 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Houston County.

Houston County, AL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 146
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 146
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 35.3%
Average Renter Household Size 2.66
Average Household Size 2.62
Median Household Income $41,571 ±$863
Median Rent $691 ±$10
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 43.63% ± 1.75pp
Total Population 103,534

Population and Household Demographics

Houston County is a County in Alabama with a population of 103,534. There are 39,197 households in the county with an average household size of 2.62 persons. 35.3% of households in Houston County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Houston County

The median gross income for households in Houston County is $41,571 a year, or $3,464 a month. The median rent for the county is $691 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Houston County, a household making less than $2,303 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 43.63% of households who rent are overburdened in Houston County.1

Area Median Income In Houston County

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.

In Houston County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $57,500

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 Houston County

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 Houston County HUD Rental Assistance in Houston County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $12,490 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $33,300 $35,600 $37,900
50% of Median $20,100 $23,000 $25,850 $28,700 $31,000 $33,300 $35,600 $37,900
80% of Median $32,150 $36,750 $41,350 $45,900 $49,600 $53,250 $56,950 $60,600

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Houston County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $20,100 $23,000 $25,850 $28,700 $31,000 $33,300 $35,600 $37,900
60% of Median $24,120 $27,600 $31,020 $34,440 $37,200 $39,960 $42,720 $45,480

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Houston County is $31,020 a year, or $2,585 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,585 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $776 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $503 $539 $646 $746 $833 $919
60% $603 $647 $776 $896 $999 $1,103
Fair Market Rents in Houston County

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$503 $506 $666 $875 $995

Cities In Houston County

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City Listings Served By
Columbia 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Columbia is the Housing Authority of the City of Columbia.
Ashford 1
Avon 0
Cottonwood 1
Cowarts 0
Gordon 0
Kinsey 0
Madrid 0
Rehobeth 0
Webb 0