Affordable Housing programs support 717 income based apartments in Thomas County where households pay rent based on how much they earn.
There are 407 affordable apartments in Thomas County that offer reduced rents to low-income households.
There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Thomas County. Go to the Georgia Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near Thomas County.
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.
Waiting lists for project-based assistance, like the Public Housing program, are open:
|Georgia Department of Community Affairs||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Homeownership Voucher; Family Self-Sufficiency; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV)|
Thomas County features 717 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.
There are 407 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Thomas County.
On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Thomas County landlords $800 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Thomas County.
The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Thomas County, Georgia for a two-bedroom apartment is between $849 and $1,037.
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|
|Thomas County, Georgia Fair Market Rent||$765||$769||$943||$1,215||$1,373|
|Thomas County, Georgia Payment Standard Range||$689 to $842||$692 to $846||$849 to $1,037||$1,094 to $1,337||$1,236 to $1,510|
Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.
|Total Affordable Apartment Properties||11|
|Total Low Income Apartments||1,124|
|Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance||717|
|Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters||40.06%|
|Average Renter Household Size||2.51|
|Average Household Size||2.53|
|Median Household Income||$36,641 ±$1,929|
|Median Rent||$709 ±$41|
|Percentage Of Renters Overburdened||41.56% ± 5.31pp|
Thomas County is a county in Georgia with a population of 44,824. There are 17,385 households in the county with an average household size of 2.53 persons. 40.06% of households in Thomas County are renters.
The median gross income for households in Thomas County is $36,641 a year, or $3,053 a month. The median rent for the county is $709 a month.
Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Thomas County, a household making less than $2,363 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 41.56% of households who rent are overburdened in Thomas County.
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.
In Thomas County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $62,200
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 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.
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|30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Thomas County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
|50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Thomas County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
|80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Thomas County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.