Affordable Housing In Forrest County
Mississippi

38 Low Income Apartment Communities In Forrest County

Caritas Manor Apartments

145 W Tenth Ave
Petal, MS
Income Based
1 BR
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Park Pines Apartments

447 Helveston Road
Hattiesburg, MS
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Wofford Park

20 St. Claire Parkway
Hattiesburg, MS
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Pine Haven Estates

557 Helveston Rd
Hattiesburg, MS
HCV Welcome

Federation Towers, Hattiesburg

812 Arnold St
Hattiesburg, MS
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Eagle Wing Estates II

85 Jackson Wood Ct
Hattiesburg, MS
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Wesley Manor I

311 Westover Dr
Hattiesburg, MS
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Greenbriar Apartments

2410 McInnis Loop
Hattiesburg, MS
Subsidized

Bonhomie Apartments

1810 Country Club Rd
Hattiesburg, MS
Subsidized

North Hills Place Apartments

200 Cahal St
Hattiesburg, MS
Subsidized

Housing Authorities that serve Forrest County

Housing Authority Programs
Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)

Other Housing Authorities located in Forrest County

Housing Authority Programs
The Housing Authority of the City of Hattiesburg Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Forrest County, Mississippi

There are 38 low income housing apartment communities offering 2,056 affordable apartments for rent in Forrest County, Mississippi. Forrest County features 1,239 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 817 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Forrest County.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Forrest County, MS Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 38
Total Low Income Apartments 2,056
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,239
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 45.2%
Average Renter Household Size 2.54
Average Household Size 2.58
Median Household Income $36,416 ±$2,129
Median Rent $728 ±$25
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 53.3% ± 4.05pp
Total Population 76,267

Population and Household Demographics

Forrest County is a County in Mississippi with a population of 76,267. There are 27,983 households in the county with an average household size of 2.58 persons. 45.2% of households in Forrest County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Forrest County

The median gross income for households in Forrest County is $36,416 a year, or $3,035 a month. The median rent for the county is $728 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Forrest County, a household making less than $2,427 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 53.3% of households who rent are overburdened in Forrest County.1

Area Median Income In Forrest 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 Forrest County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $62,800

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 Forrest County

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 Forrest County HUD Rental Assistance in Forrest County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $13,200 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $38,950 $41,450
50% of Median $22,000 $25,150 $28,300 $31,400 $33,950 $36,450 $38,950 $41,450
80% of Median $35,200 $40,200 $45,250 $50,250 $54,300 $58,300 $62,350 $66,350
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Forrest County

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

From 1992 to 2012, 20 low income apartment communities containing 1,139 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Forrest County 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 Forrest County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $22,000 $25,150 $28,300 $31,400 $33,950 $36,450 $38,950 $41,450
60% of Median $26,400 $30,180 $33,960 $37,680 $40,740 $43,740 $46,740 $49,740

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 Forrest County is $33,960 a year, or $2,830 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,830 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $849 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% $550 $589 $708 $817 $911 $1,005
60% $660 $707 $849 $980 $1,094 $1,206
Fair Market Rents in Forrest County

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
$538 $680 $825 $1,069 $1,195

Cities In Forrest County

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City Listings Served By
Hattiesburg 37 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Hattiesburg are the The Housing Authority of the City of Hattiesburg and Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII.
Petal 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Petal is the Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII.
Glendale 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Glendale is the Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII.
Rawls Springs 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rawls Springs is the Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII.