Affordable Housing In Gainesville
Alachua County Florida

33 Low Income Apartment Communities In Gainesville

The 400 Apartments

400 NW 1st Avenue
Gainesville, FL
$894-920
1 BR
62+
Accessible
Subsidized

Sunset Apartments

1500 NW 12th St
Gainesville, FL
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Subsidized

Horizon House

1515 NW 10th St
Gainesville, FL
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Subsidized

Woodland Park Apartments

1900 SE 4th St
Gainesville, FL
Call For Rent
Studio-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Pine Grove

1901 NE 2nd St
Gainesville, FL
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

New Horizons Properties II - Sunset and Satellite

3440 SW 28th Ter
Gainesville, FL
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

New Horizons Properties I - Joyce Apartments

3010 SW 35th Pl
Gainesville, FL
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Housing for the Handicapped Alachua Co I - 6th St

3781 NW 6th St
Gainesville, FL
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Housing for the Handicapped Alachua Co II - 9th St

934 SW 9th St
Gainesville, FL
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Majestic Oaks Apartments

5800 SW 20th Avenue
Gainesville, FL
Subsidized

There are 33 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 3,455 affordable apartments for rent in Gainesville. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 1,854 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Gainesville, HUD housing programs support 773 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 1,601 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Gainesville

Housing Authority Programs
Alachua County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-sufficiency; Mainstream Voucher
Gainesville Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Gainesville, Florida

Gainesville, FL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 33
Total Low Income Apartments 3,455
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 1,854
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 62.3%
Average Renter Household Size 2.30
Total Population 127,559
Housing Units 47,968
Average Household Size 2.35
Median Household Income $31,818 ±$1,387
Median Rent $841 ±$12
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 55.32% ± 2.97pp

Population and Household Demographics

Gainesville is a City in Alachua County, Florida with a population of 127,559. There are 47,968 households in the city with an average household size of 2.35 persons. 62.3% of households in Gainesville are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Gainesville

The median gross income for households in Gainesville is $31,818 a year, or $2,652 a month. The median rent for the city is $841 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Gainesville, a household making less than $2,803 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 55.32% of households who rent are overburdened in Gainesville.1

Area Median Income In Gainesville

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 Gainesville, the AMI is calculated from all households within Alachua County.

In Gainesville, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $71,100

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 Gainesville

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 Gainesville HUD Rental Assistance in Gainesville

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,950 $17,100 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $24,900 $28,450 $32,000 $35,550 $38,400 $41,250 $44,100 $46,950
80% of Median $39,850 $45,550 $51,250 $56,900 $61,500 $66,050 $70,600 $75,150
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Gainesville

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

From 1991 to 2011, 12 low income apartment communities containing 1,279 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Gainesville 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 Gainesville

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
60% of Median $29,880 $34,140 $38,400 $42,660 $46,080 $49,500 $52,920 $56,340

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 Gainesville is $38,400 a year, or $3,200 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,200 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $960 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% $623 $667 $800 $924 $1,031 $1,138
60% $747 $800 $960 $1,109 $1,238 $1,366
Fair Market Rents in Gainesville

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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$694 $773 $948 $1,238 $1,377