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There are 1,452 low-income apartments in Charleston that offer reduced rents to eligible households.

Rental assistance programs support 2,600 low-income homes in Charleston where households pay rent based on how much they earn. For 2023, elgible households participating in federally assisted housing pay an average of $355 towards rent each month.

Affordable rent data for some communities last confirmed on April 4th, 2022. Subdsidized rents typically change once a year based on federal guidance.

Public Housing Agencies Serving 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.

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
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Charleston, South Carolina Affordable Housing Data

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 $1,380 and $1,686.

2023 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 $1,328 $1,357 $1,533 $1,906 $2,397
Charleston, South Carolina Payment Standard Range $1,195 to $1,461 $1,221 to $1,493 $1,380 to $1,686 $1,715 to $2,097 $2,157 to $2,637

Sourced from federal housing data and 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 $101,300

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.
$20,450 $23,350 $26,250 $30,000 $35,140 $40,280 $45,420 $50,560
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.
$34,050 $38,900 $43,750 $48,600 $52,500 $56,400 $60,300 $64,200
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Charleston AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$54,450 $62,200 $70,000 $77,750 $84,000 $90,200 $96,450 $102,650