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

Discover affordable housing in Jefferson County where there are 162+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

Abbington at Summit Pointe

951 Old Grants Mill Rd, Irondale, Alabama 35210

Villas at Titusville

248 1st Ave SW, Birmingham, Alabama 35211

Highland Manor

2040 Highland Ave S, Birmingham, Alabama 35205

Valley Brook Apartments

2969 Gallant Dr, Birmingham, Alabama 35215

Summit Ridge Apartments

149 Haversham Dr, Birmingham, Alabama 35215

Monroe Avenue Apartments

1400 Monroe Ave. SW, Birmingham, Alabama 35211

Birmingham Towers Apartments

2712 31st Avenue North, Birmingham, Alabama 35207

East Lake House Apartments

7901 1st Ave S, Birmingham, Alabama 35206

Arbors at Ellington

24 Park Rd, Pleasant Grove, Alabama 35127

Cherry Ridge Independent Living Apartments

1100 Jeff Germany Pkwy, Birmingham, Alabama 35214

Amberwood Apartments

1817 Amberwood Dr., Center Point, Alabama 35215

Flats at Colebridge

851 Bell Avenue, Tarrant, Alabama 35217

Artesian Springs Apartments

2075 Artesian Springs Rd, Brighton, Alabama 35020


3394 CLARENDON AVE SOUTH, Bessemer, Alabama 35020

1001 Cherry Ave

1001 Cherry Ave, Birmingham, Alabama 35214

Episcopal Place Apartments

1112 26th St S, Birmingham, Alabama 35205

Farrington Apartments

2935 Creek Ln NE, Birmingham, Alabama 35215

Princeton Towers

909 Princeton Ave SW, Birmingham, Alabama 35211

Avondale Gardens

4252 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, Alabama 35222

Kings Forest Apartments

7251 Parkway Dr, Leeds, Alabama 35094

The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Jefferson County, Alabama
$16.33 (+225%) more than Alabama minimum wage and $16.33 (+225%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve Jefferson County, 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.

Operates the 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) programs for Jefferson County, Alabama.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing programs for Jefferson County, Alabama.

Go to the Alabama Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Jefferson County.

How many renters live in Jefferson County, Alabama?

The County of Jefferson County has 665,409 people living in 271,877 households.

There are 217,049 renters living in 100,789 renter households in this County. Renters make up 32.62 percent of the population living in Jefferson County.

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

There are an estimated 310,678 housing units in the Jefferson County area. Of these, 110,115 units are rental homes, making up 35 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Jefferson County, Alabama, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Jefferson County?

The rental vacancy rate in Jefferson County is 8 percent. This is a higher than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are high it means that there are a lot of available units and rents tend to be lower.

How many rental units are in Jefferson County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Jefferson County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
3,088 20,482 43,006 29,250 4,179
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Jefferson County

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

Among renter households in this market, 51 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 29 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 Jefferson County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $983 to $1,752. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $983
One BR $1,109
Two BR $1,245
Three BR $1,570
Four BR $1,752
2024 Fair Market Rents in Jefferson County, Alabama

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Jefferson 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 1,612 52 percent
One BR 11,594 57 percent
Two BR 28,079 65 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Jefferson County, Alabama

How many affordable rental units are in Jefferson County?

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

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 5,016
Public Housing 6,058
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 3,861
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 383
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 97
USDA Section 515 Rural Rental Housing 327
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Jefferson County, Alabama

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

Income Based Apartments in Jefferson County, Alabama

Jefferson County features 11,767 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 Jefferson County, Alabama

There are 3,365 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Jefferson County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Jefferson County, Alabama

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Jefferson County landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Jefferson County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Jefferson County, Alabama for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,121 and $1,370.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.