Affordable Housing In Charleston
Charleston County, South Carolina

Waiting List Openings In Charleston

Charleston, SC Section 8 HCV Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston (HACC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications will be accepted for one day only on September 28, 2022 from 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm ET.

How to Apply for the Charleston, SC Section 8 HCV Waiting List.

46 Low Income Apartment Communities In Charleston

Magnolia Downs Apartments

115 Magnolia Rd
Charleston, South Carolina
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Grandview

1850 Magwood Dr
Charleston, South Carolina
Accessible
62+

North Central Apartments

1054 King St
Charleston, South Carolina
Accessible
62+

Seven Farms

305 Seven Farms Drive
Charleston, South Carolina
62+

Shady Grove

1725 Savage Rd
Charleston, South Carolina

The Shires

1020 Little John Dr
Charleston, South Carolina

Ashley Arms Apartments

1120 Crull Dr
Charleston, South Carolina
Subsidized

Bridgeview Village Apartments

108 N Romney St
Charleston, South Carolina
Subsidized

St. James Place

800 Affirmation Blvd
Charleston, South Carolina
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Sherman House

1635 Raoul Wallenberg Blvd
Charleston, South Carolina
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Charleston, South Carolina

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.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Charleston, South Carolina

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of Charleston Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-Sufficiency

Guide To Affordable Housing in Charleston, South Carolina

There are 46 low income housing apartment communities offering 4,052 affordable apartments for rent in Charleston, South Carolina.

Income Based Apartments in Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston features 2,600 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Charleston, South Carolina

There are 1,452 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Charleston.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Charleston, South Carolina

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Charleston landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Charleston.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Charleston, South Carolina for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,235 and $1,509.

2022 Charleston, South Carolina Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

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
Charleston, South Carolina Fair Market Rent $1,183 $1,204 $1,372 $1,721 $2,206
Charleston, South Carolina Payment Standard Range $1,065 to $1,301 $1,084 to $1,324 $1,235 to $1,509 $1,549 to $1,893 $1,985 to $2,427

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Charleston, SC Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 46
Total Low Income Apartments 4,052
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 2,600
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 46.5%
Average Renter Household Size 2.19
Average Household Size 2.32
Median Household Income $55,546 ±$1,757
Median Rent $1,022 ±$30
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.32% ± 2.96pp
Total Population 127,694

Population and Household Demographics

Charleston is a city in Charleston County, South Carolina with a population of 127,694. There are 52,450 households in the city with an average household size of 2.32 persons. 46.5% of households in Charleston are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Charleston

The median gross income for households in Charleston is $55,546 a year, or $4,629 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,022 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Charleston, a household making less than $3,407 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.32% of households who rent are overburdened in Charleston.

Area Median Income In Charleston

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 Charleston, the AMI is calculated from all households within Charleston County.

In Charleston, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $96,400

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 Charleston

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 HUD Rental Assistance in Charleston

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Charleston AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$19,300 $22,050 $24,800 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Charleston AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$32,150 $36,750 $41,350 $45,900 $49,600 $53,250 $56,950 $60,600
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Charleston AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$51,450 $58,800 $66,150 $73,450 $79,350 $85,250 $91,100 $97,000