Affordable Housing In Huntsville
Madison County, Alabama

51 Low Income Apartment Communities In Huntsville

Patterson Place Apartments

2640 Blue Spring Rd NW
Huntsville, AL
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Russel Erskine Apartments

115 Clinton Ave W
Huntsville, AL
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Chadwick Place Apartments

240 Martin Road SW
Huntsville, AL
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Butler Terrace

206 Seminole Dr SW
Huntsville, AL
Income Based
1-5 BR

Presbyterian Apartments

2211 Country Club Ave NW
Huntsville, AL

Valley Garden Apartments II

2516 12th St SW
Huntsville, AL

Westlake Apartments

1901 Sparkman Dr NW
Huntsville, AL

Cherokee Bend Apartments

4177 Newson Rd SW
Huntsville, AL

Lenox Park

2201 Old Blue Springs Rd
Huntsville, AL
HCV Welcome

The Lighthouse

1940 Max Luther Dr NW
Huntsville, AL
Disabled Supportive Housing

Housing Authorities that serve Huntsville

Housing Authority Programs
Huntsville Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Huntsville, Alabama

According to federal housing data and research, there are 51 low income housing apartment communities offering 4,050 affordable apartments for rent in Huntsville, Alabama. Huntsville features 2,645 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 1,405 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Huntsville.

Huntsville, AL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 51
Total Low Income Apartments 4,050
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 2,645
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 41.62%
Average Renter Household Size 2.17
Average Household Size 2.27
Median Household Income $48,775 ±$1,471
Median Rent $733 ±$14
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.42% ± 2.46pp
Total Population 185,594

Population and Household Demographics

Huntsville is a City in Madison County, Alabama with a population of 185,594. There are 78,554 households in the city with an average household size of 2.27 persons. 41.62% of households in Huntsville are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Huntsville

The median gross income for households in Huntsville is $48,775 a year, or $4,065 a month. The median rent for the city is $733 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Huntsville, a household making less than $2,443 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46.42% of households who rent are overburdened in Huntsville.1

Area Median Income In Huntsville

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 Huntsville, the AMI is calculated from all households within Madison County.

In Huntsville, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $84,900

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 Huntsville

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 Huntsville HUD Rental Assistance in Huntsville

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $17,850 $20,400 $22,950 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $29,750 $34,000 $38,250 $42,450 $45,850 $49,250 $52,650 $56,050
80% of Median $47,550 $54,350 $61,150 $67,900 $73,350 $78,800 $84,200 $89,650
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Huntsville

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1988 to 2010, 19 low income apartment communities containing 1,470 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Huntsville by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

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 Huntsville

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $29,750 $34,000 $38,250 $42,450 $45,850 $49,250 $52,650 $56,050
60% of Median $35,700 $40,800 $45,900 $50,940 $55,020 $59,100 $63,180 $67,260

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 Huntsville is $45,900 a year, or $3,825 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,825 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,148 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% $744 $797 $956 $1,104 $1,231 $1,359
60% $893 $956 $1,148 $1,325 $1,478 $1,631
Fair Market Rents in Huntsville

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
$567 $660 $782 $1,040 $1,373