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Affordable Housing In Athens
Clarke County, Georgia

23 Low Income Apartment Communities In Athens

North Grove Apartments

198 Old Hull Rd
Athens, Georgia
1-3 BR

Athena Gardens

175 Dennis Dr
Athens, Georgia
1-2 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

Oak Hill Apartments

105 Oak Hill Dr
Athens, Georgia
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Rolling Ridge Apt.

100 Rolling Ridge Dr
Athens, Georgia

Bethel Midtown Village

155 Hickman Dr
Athens, Georgia

Clarke Gardens

110 Carriage Ct
Athens, Georgia

Pinewood Apartments

288 Bailey Street
Athens, Georgia

Athens Gardens

135 Coleridge Ct
Athens, Georgia

Lanier Gardens

801 Riverhill Dr
Athens, Georgia

Knollwood Manor Apartments

205 Old Hull Rd
Athens, Georgia

Housing Authorities that serve Athens

Housing Authority Programs
Georgia Department of Community Affairs Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Athens Housing Authority Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Athens, Georgia

There are 23 low income housing apartment communities offering 2,542 affordable apartments for rent in Athens, Georgia.

Income Based Apartments in Athens, Georgia

Athens features 1,903 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 Athens, Georgia

There are 639 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Athens.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Athens, Georgia

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Athens, Georgia for a two-bedroom apartment is between $763 and $933.

2020 Athens, Georgia 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
Fair Market Rent $690 $723 $848 $1,150 $1,362
Payment Standard Range $621 to $759 $651 to $795 $763 to $933 $1,035 to $1,265 $1,226 to $1,498

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Athens, GA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 23
Total Low Income Apartments 2,542
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,903
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 59.99%
Average Renter Household Size 2.56
Average Household Size 2.55
Median Household Income $32,010 ±$1,184
Median Rent $789 ±$16
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 53.72% ± 2.46pp
Total Population 119,684

Population and Household Demographics

Athens is a city in Clarke County, Georgia with a population of 119,684. There are 42,861 households in the city with an average household size of 2.55 persons. 59.99% of households in Athens are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Athens

The median gross income for households in Athens is $32,010 a year, or $2,668 a month. The median rent for the city is $789 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Athens, a household making less than $2,630 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 53.72% of households who rent are overburdened in Athens.

Area Median Income In Athens

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 Athens, the AMI is calculated from all households within Clarke County.

In Athens, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $65,600

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 Athens

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 Athens

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $13,800 $17,240 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $43,300
50% of Median $23,000 $26,250 $29,550 $32,800 $35,450 $38,050 $40,700 $43,300
80% of Median $36,750 $42,000 $47,250 $52,500 $56,700 $60,900 $65,100 $69,300