Affordable Housing In Sheffield
Colbert County, Alabama

4 Low Income Apartment Communities In Sheffield

Riverview Apartments

River Rd
Sheffield, Alabama


2102 W 17th St
Sheffield, Alabama

Archer Village

2403 E 13th Ave
Sheffield, Alabama

Long Lowe

804 E 15 1/2 St
Sheffield, Alabama
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Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Sheffield, 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.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Sheffield, Alabama

Housing Authority Programs
Sheffield Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moving to Work

Guide To Affordable Housing in Sheffield, Alabama

There are 4 low income housing apartment communities offering 419 affordable apartments for rent in Sheffield, Alabama.

Income Based Apartments in Sheffield, Alabama

Sheffield features 412 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 Sheffield, Alabama

There are 7 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Sheffield.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Sheffield, Alabama

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Sheffield, Alabama for a two-bedroom apartment is between $676 and $826.

2022 Sheffield, 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
Sheffield, Alabama Fair Market Rent $525 $575 $751 $935 $1,173
Sheffield, Alabama Payment Standard Range $473 to $578 $518 to $633 $676 to $826 $842 to $1,029 $1,056 to $1,290

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Sheffield, AL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 4
Total Low Income Apartments 419
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 412
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 42.72%
Average Renter Household Size 2.16
Average Household Size 2.29
Median Household Income $34,205 ±$2,981
Median Rent $595 ±$44
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 48.88% ± 7.32pp
Total Population 9,074

Population and Household Demographics

Sheffield is a city in Colbert County, Alabama with a population of 9,074. There are 3,961 households in the city with an average household size of 2.29 persons. 42.72% of households in Sheffield are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Sheffield

The median gross income for households in Sheffield is $34,205 a year, or $2,850 a month. The median rent for the city is $595 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Sheffield, a household making less than $1,983 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 48.88% of households who rent are overburdened in Sheffield.

Area Median Income In Sheffield

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 Sheffield, the AMI is calculated from all households within Colbert County.

In Sheffield, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $68,200

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 Sheffield

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 Sheffield

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Sheffield AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$14,350 $18,310 $23,030 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $45,050
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Sheffield AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$23,900 $27,300 $30,700 $34,100 $36,850 $39,600 $42,300 $45,050
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Sheffield AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$38,200 $43,650 $49,100 $54,550 $58,950 $63,300 $67,650 $72,050