There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Asheville. Go to the North Carolina Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near Asheville.
There are 1,416 low-income apartments in Asheville that offer reduced rents to eligible households. Low-income rents in Asheville, North Carolina can range from $376 to $644 depending on the number of bedrooms.
Rental assistance programs support 3,285 low-income homes in Asheville where households pay rent based on how much they earn. For 2023, elgible households participating in federally assisted housing pay an average of $237 towards rent each month.
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:
|Housing Authority of the City of Asheville||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing|
Asheville features 3,285 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.
There are 1,416 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Asheville.
On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Asheville landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $200 towards rent in Asheville.
The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Asheville, North Carolina for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,319 and $1,613.
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|
|Asheville, North Carolina Fair Market Rent||$1,270||$1,298||$1,466||$1,949||$2,497|
|Asheville, North Carolina Payment Standard Range||$1,143 to $1,397||$1,168 to $1,428||$1,319 to $1,613||$1,754 to $2,144||$2,247 to $2,747|
Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.
|Total Affordable Apartment Properties||57|
|Total Low Income Apartments||4,783|
|Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance||3,285|
|Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters||49.3%|
|Average Renter Household Size||2.05|
|Average Household Size||2.20|
|Median Household Income||$43,334 ±$1,717|
|Median Rent||$866 ±$20|
|Percentage Of Renters Overburdened||45.97% ± 3.4pp|
Asheville is a city in Buncombe County, North Carolina with a population of 86,789. There are 37,672 households in the city with an average household size of 2.20 persons. 49.3% of households in Asheville are renters.
The median gross income for households in Asheville is $43,334 a year, or $3,611 a month. The median rent for the city is $866 a month.
Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Asheville, a household making less than $2,887 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 45.97% of households who rent are overburdened in Asheville.
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 Asheville, the AMI is calculated from all households within Buncombe County.
In Asheville, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $80,000
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 Asheville AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
|50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Asheville AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
|80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Asheville AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.