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Affordable Housing In Houston County

3 Low Income Apartment Communities In Houston County

Columbia Ha

211 S Davis St
Columbia, Alabama

Willow Lane

515 Sealy Wells Rd
Cottonwood, Alabama

Magnolia Homes

121 Magnolia Dr
Ashford, Alabama
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Guide To Affordable Housing in Houston County, Alabama

There are 3 low income housing apartment communities offering 146 affordable apartments for rent in Houston County, Alabama.

Income Based Apartments in Houston County, Alabama

Houston County features 146 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 Houston County, Alabama

There are 0 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Houston County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Houston County, Alabama

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Houston County landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Houston County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Houston County, Alabama for a two-bedroom apartment is between $599 and $733.

2020 Houston County, 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 $503 $506 $666 $875 $995
Payment Standard Range $453 to $553 $455 to $557 $599 to $733 $788 to $963 $896 to $1,095

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

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.

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 $61,300

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 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 $12,900 $17,240 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $38,050 $40,500
50% of Median $21,500 $24,550 $27,600 $30,650 $33,150 $35,600 $38,050 $40,500
80% of Median $34,350 $39,250 $44,150 $49,050 $53,000 $56,900 $60,850 $64,750

Cities In Houston County

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City Served By
Columbia The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Columbia is the Housing Authority of the City of Columbia.