Affordable Housing In Atlanta
Fulton County,Georgia

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There are 270 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 37,556 affordable apartments for rent in Atlanta, Georgia. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 16,653 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 7,156 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Atlanta. There are 25,730 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Atlanta are the Atlanta Housing Authority and Housing Authority of DeKalb County.

Affordable Apartments in Atlanta

Image of GE Tower
490 Glenn Street SW
Atlanta, Georgia
GE Tower is a 201 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Atlanta. Rents at GE Tower are $660-920.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Atlanta.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
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Image of Trestletree Village Apartments
956 Confederate Court SE
Atlanta, Georgia
Trestletree Village Apartments is a 188 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 2 bedroom apartments for rent in Atlanta. Rents at Trestletree Village Apartments are Income Based.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8
Project Based Rental Assistance
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Image of Baptist Towers
1881 Myrtle Drive SW
Atlanta, Georgia
Baptist Towers is a 300 unit low income housing apartment community that provides St.-1 bedroom apartments for rent in Atlanta.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Project Based Rental Assistance
Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
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Image of City Lights
420 Boulevard NE
Atlanta, Georgia
City Lights is a 80 unit low income housing apartment community in Atlanta.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Atlanta.
1059 Oglethorpe Ave SW
Atlanta, Georgia
Abernathy Towers is a 100 unit low income housing apartment community in Atlanta.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly
Project Based Rental Assistance
Senior (62+)
Accessible Units
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Housing Authorities that serve Atlanta

The Atlanta Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Atlanta, Georgia.

Other Housing Authorities located in Atlanta

The Housing Authority of Fulton County is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Atlanta, Georgia.

The City of Atlanta, Dept. of Housing And Community Development is a Section 8 public housing agency in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (Central Office) is a Section 8 public housing agency in Atlanta, Georgia.

Understanding Affordable Housing in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, GA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties270
Total Low Income Apartments37,556
Total Rent Assisted Apartments16,653
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters56.42%
Average Renter Household Size2.18
Total Population448,901
Housing Units185,820
Average Household Size2.25
Median Household Income$47,527 ±$1,081
Median Rent$975 ±$10
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened48.42% ± 1.33pp

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

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 1.33 percentage points.

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 $69,700

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.

Atlanta HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
30%$14,650$16,750$20,420$24,600$28,780$32,960$37,140$41,320
50%$24,400$27,900$31,400$34,850$37,650$40,450$43,250$46,050
80%$39,050$44,600$50,200$55,750$60,250$64,700$69,150$73,600

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

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, 179 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.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Atlanta by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

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.

Atlanta Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
50%$24,400$27,900$31,400$34,850$37,650$40,450$43,250$46,050
HERA 50%$25,900$29,600$33,300$36,950$39,950$42,900$45,850$48,800
60%$29,280$33,480$37,680$41,820$45,180$48,540$51,900$55,260
HERA 60%$31,080$35,520$39,960$44,340$47,940$51,480$55,020$58,560

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 $37,680 a year, or $3,140 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,140 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $942 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 AMIStudio2 Bed3 Bed4 Bed1 Bed5 Bed
50%$610$654$785$906$1,011$1,116
60%$732$785$942$1,088$1,214$1,340
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.

2017 Fair Market Rents
StudioOne BRTwo BRThree BRFour BR
$818$858$990$1,299$1,599