Affordable Housing In Atlanta
Fulton County, Georgia

Atlanta city limits extend into  Fulton County and  DeKalb County.

256 Low Income Apartment Communities In Atlanta

Avalon Ridge

183 Mt Zion Rd SE
Atlanta, GA
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Heritage Station Senior

260 Peachtree St NW, 765 McDaniel St SW
Atlanta, GA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
62+

Avalon Park

2798 Peek Rd NW
Atlanta, GA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Auburn Glenn Apartments

49 Boulevard SE
Atlanta, GA
$1,245-1,702
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Heritage Station

765 McDaniel St SW
Atlanta, GA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

GE Tower

490 Glenn Street SW
Atlanta, GA
$660-920
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Trestletree Village Apartments

956 Confederate Court SE
Atlanta, GA
Income Based
2 BR
Subsidized

Village at Castleberry Hill I

600 Greensferry Ave SW
Atlanta, GA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Renaissance at Park Place South Apartments

240 Amal Dr
Atlanta, GA
$688-788
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Reynoldstown Commons

1124 Wylie St SE
Atlanta, GA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Housing Authorities that serve Atlanta

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

Other Housing Authorities located in Atlanta

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of Fulton County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Homeownership Voucher; Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV)
City of Atlanta Dept. of Housing And Community Development Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Atlanta, Georgia

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 256 low income housing apartment communities offering 36,348 affordable apartments for rent in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta features 16,942 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 19,406 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Atlanta.

Atlanta, GA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 256
Total Low Income Apartments 36,348
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 16,942
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 56.42%
Average Renter Household Size 2.18
Average Household Size 2.25
Median Household Income $47,527 ±$1,081
Median Rent $975 ±$10
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 48.42% ± 1.33pp
Total Population 448,901

Population and Household Demographics

Atlanta is a City in Fulton County, Georgia with a population of 448,901. There are 185,820 households in the city with an average household size of 2.25 persons. 56.42% of households in Atlanta are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Atlanta

The median gross income for households in Atlanta is $47,527 a year, or $3,961 a month. The median rent for the city is $975 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Atlanta, a household making less than $3,250 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 48.42% of households who rent are overburdened in Atlanta.1

Area Median Income In Atlanta

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 Atlanta, the AMI is calculated from all households within Fulton County.

In Atlanta, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $79,700

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 Atlanta

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 Atlanta HUD Rental Assistance in Atlanta

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,750 $19,150 $21,550 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $27,900 $31,900 $35,900 $39,850 $43,050 $46,250 $49,450 $52,650
80% of Median $44,650 $51,000 $57,400 $63,750 $68,850 $73,950 $79,050 $84,150
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Atlanta

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

From 1989 to 2012, 167 low income apartment communities containing 24,206 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Atlanta 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 Atlanta

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $27,900 $31,900 $35,900 $39,850 $43,050 $46,250 $49,450 $52,650
60% of Median $33,480 $38,280 $43,080 $47,820 $51,660 $55,500 $59,340 $63,180

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 Atlanta is $43,080 a year, or $3,590 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,590 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,077 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% $698 $748 $898 $1,036 $1,156 $1,276
60% $837 $897 $1,077 $1,244 $1,388 $1,532
Fair Market Rents in Atlanta

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.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$996 $1,025 $1,167 $1,489 $1,824