Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Orange County, FL

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The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Orange County, Florida
$23.17 (+193%) more than Florida minimum wage and $27.92 (+385%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve Orange County, 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.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Orange County, Florida.

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

How many renters live in Orange County, Florida?

The County of Orange County has 1,452,726 people living in 545,757 households.

There are 564,470 renters living in 236,644 renter households in this County. Renters make up 38.86 percent of the population living in Orange County.

What is the rental market like in Orange County, Florida?

There are an estimated 587,980 housing units in the Orange County area. Of these, 258,280 units are rental homes, making up 44 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Orange County, Florida, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Orange County?

The rental vacancy rate in Orange County is 7 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 Orange County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Orange County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
13,537 54,083 94,312 52,690 19,296
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Orange County

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

Among renter households in this market, 57 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 Orange County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $1,558 to $2,849. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $1,558
One BR $1,638
Two BR $1,857
Three BR $2,362
Four BR $2,849
2024 Fair Market Rents in Orange County, Florida

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Orange 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 7,272 54 percent
One BR 33,083 61 percent
Two BR 38,040 40 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Orange County, Florida

How many affordable rental units are in Orange County?

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

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 23,154
Public Housing 1,408
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 1,641
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 434
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 48
USDA Section 515 Rural Rental Housing 302
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Orange County, Florida

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

Income Based Apartments in Orange County, Florida

Orange County features 4,714 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 Orange County, Florida

There are 23,873 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Orange County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Orange County, Florida

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Orange County landlords $800 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Orange County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Orange County, Florida for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,671 and $2,043.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.