Gainesville, Florida Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing programs support 2,204 income based apartments in Gainesville where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 1,732 affordable apartments in Gainesville that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Gainesville, Florida

There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Gainesville. Go to the Florida Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near Gainesville.

Horizon Sunset

1515 NW 10th St
Gainesville, Florida
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Rent Assisted

Grove at Sweetwater Preserve

225 SE 19th Place
Gainesville, Florida
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Affordable

The 400 Apartments

400 NW 1st Avenue
Gainesville, Florida
$894-920
1 BR
Rent Assisted
Accessible
62+

Horizon Sunset

1515 NW 10th St
Gainesville, Florida
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Rent Assisted

Carver Gardens

1101 SE 15th St
Gainesville, Florida
1 BR
Rent Assisted

Verdant Cove

4260 SE 10th Pl
Gainesville, Florida
1 BR
Affordable

Pine Meadows Apartments

2626 E. University Ave
Gainesville, Florida
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Rent Assisted

Lake Terrace

26th Terrace
Gainesville, Florida
Call For Rent
1-4 BR

Woodland Park Apartments

1900 Southeast 4 Street
Gainesville, Florida
Call For Rent
Studio-4 BR

Eastwood Meadows

925 SE 43rd St
Gainesville, Florida
Call For Rent
3-4 BR
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Affordable Housing Near Gainesville

View affordable apartments and waiting lists in cities near Gainesville

City Apartments
Alachua, FL Affordable Housing programs support 3 apartment communities in Alachua.
Hawthorne, FL Affordable Housing programs support 3 apartment communities in Hawthorne.
Archer, FL Affordable Housing programs support 2 apartment communities in Archer.
Newberry, FL Affordable Housing programs support 2 apartment communities in Newberry.
Waldo, FL Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Waldo.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Gainesville, Florida

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.

Waiting lists for project-based assistance, like the Public Housing program, are open:

Housing Authority Programs
Alachua County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH); Mainstream Voucher
Gainesville Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Go to the Florida Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Gainesville.

Gainesville, Florida Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Gainesville, Florida

Gainesville features 2,204 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 Gainesville, Florida

There are 1,732 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Gainesville.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Gainesville, Florida

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Gainesville landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Gainesville.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Gainesville, Florida for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,021 and $1,247.

2023 Gainesville, Florida 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
Gainesville, Florida Fair Market Rent $854 $943 $1,134 $1,507 $1,523
Gainesville, Florida Payment Standard Range $769 to $939 $849 to $1,037 $1,021 to $1,247 $1,356 to $1,658 $1,371 to $1,675

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Gainesville, FL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 40
Total Low Income Apartments 3,972
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 2,204
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 62.3%
Average Renter Household Size 2.30
Average Household Size 2.35
Median Household Income $31,818 ±$1,387
Median Rent $841 ±$12
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 55.32% ± 2.97pp
Total Population 127,559

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.

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 $85,600

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 HUD Rental Assistance in Gainesville

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Gainesville AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$17,200 $19,650 $23,030 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Gainesville AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$28,700 $32,800 $36,900 $40,950 $44,250 $47,550 $50,800 $54,100
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Gainesville AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$45,850 $52,400 $58,950 $65,500 $70,750 $76,000 $81,250 $86,500