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About Affordable Housing In Decatur

There are 35 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 5,275 subsidized apartments for rent in Decatur, Georgia. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 1,423 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 923 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Decatur. There are 3,746 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. In Decatur, the fair market rents range from $818 to $1,599. To learn more about rents for low income apartments in Decatur read the Fair Market Rents section of the Understanding Affordable Housing in Decatur guide.

To qualify for low income housing in Decatur a family of four would generally have to earn less than $33,750. For more detailed income qualification information for affordable apartments in Decatur read the Income section of the Understanding Affordable Housing in Decatur guide.

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

  • The Housing Authority of the City of Decatur Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is Closed.
  • The Housing Authority of DeKalb County Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is Open Indefinitely.
  • The Housing Authority of the City of Decatur Public Housing Waiting List is Closed.
  • The Housing Authority of DeKalb County Public Housing Waiting List is Closed.

The Housing Authority of the City of Decatur offers 3 Public Housing complexes containing 314 HUD apartments. The rent at these subsidized apartments are always income based. To find a public housing unit, look for the tag in the apartment list below.

The Housing Authority of DeKalb County offers 3 Public Housing complexes containing 468 HUD apartments. The rent at these subsidized apartments are always income based. To find a public housing unit, look for the tag in the apartment list below.

Affordable Apartments in Decatur

1800 Clairmont Lk
Clairmont Oaks is a 596 unit low income housing apartment community in Decatur.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Project-Based Section 8
1438 Church St
Decatur Christian Towers is a 216 unit low income housing apartment community in Decatur.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Project-Based Section 8
421 W Trinity Pl
Gateway Manor is a 111 unit low income housing apartment community in Decatur.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Project-Based Section 8
2025 Ludovie Ln
Ahepa One Apartments is a 68 unit low income housing apartment community in Decatur.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly
321 W Hill St
Shepherd Center is a 14 unit low income housing apartment community in Decatur.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities

Housing Authorities that serve Decatur

Understanding Affordable Housing in Decatur, Georgia

Decatur, GA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 35
Total Low Income Apartments 5,275
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 1,423
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 36.66%
Average Renter Household Size 1.70
Total Population 19,335
Housing Units 8,599
Average Household Size 2.16
Median Household Income $77,202 ±$7,039
Median Rent $852 ±$56
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 48.2% ± 8.26pp

Population and Household Demographics

Decatur is a City in DeKalb County, Georgia with a population of 19,335. There are 8,599 households in the city with an average household size of 2.16 persons. 36.66% of households in Decatur are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Decatur

The median gross income for households in Decatur is $77,202 a year, or $6,434 a month. The median rent for the city is $852 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Decatur, a household making less than $2,840 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 48.2% of households who rent are overburdened in Decatur.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2014 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 8.26 percentage points.

Fair Market Rents in Decatur

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
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$818 $858 $990 $1,299 $1,599
Area Median Income In Decatur

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 Decatur, the AMI is calculated from all households within DeKalb County.

In Decatur, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $67,500.

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.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Decatur

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

From 1990 to 2012, 24 low income apartment communities containing 3,636 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Decatur by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

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

Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

For affordable apartment communities in Decatur that received funding in part through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, monthly rent cannot exceed the Tax Credit maximum rent for the community.

If your income does not exceed 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you may qualify to rent a unit that is subject to the rent limits established by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.

% of AMI 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons 8 Persons
50% $23,650 $27,000 $30,400 $33,750 $36,450 $39,150 $41,850 $44,550
60% $28,380 $32,400 $36,480 $40,500 $43,740 $46,980 $50,220 $53,460
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Rent Limits

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.

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 Decatur is $36,480 a year, or $3,040 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,040 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $912 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% $591 $633 $760 $878 $979 $1,080
60% $710 $760 $912 $1,053 $1,175 $1,296
Rental Assistance in Decatur

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.

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.

HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

To qualify for most rental assistance programs a renter must earn no more than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). In some cases, rental assistance is reserved for renters earning 30% or less of the AMI. In Decatur, to qualify for Section 8 assistance, a renter household containing four persons must earn $33,750 or less. For some targeted rental assistance programs, a renter household of four can’t earn more than $24,300.

It’s important to remember that in many rental assistance programs there are minimum rent regulations requiring assistance recipients to make a minimum payment of between $25 and $50 per month no matter how low their income.

% of AMI 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons 8 Persons
30% $14,200 $16,200 $20,160 $24,300 $28,440 $32,580 $36,730 $40,890
50% $23,650 $27,000 $30,400 $33,750 $36,450 $39,150 $41,850 $44,550
80% $37,800 $43,200 $48,600 $54,000 $58,350 $62,650 $67,000 $71,300