Affordable Housing In Charleston County
South Carolina

51 Low Income Apartment Communities In Charleston County

Oakside Apartments

1725 Brownswood Rd
Johns Island, South Carolina
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Rivers Place

7511 Rivers Avenue
Awendaw, South Carolina
$805-1,110
1-3 BR

Magnolia Downs Apartments

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

NCR Liberty Hill, LLC

4830-G Courtyard Square
North Charleston, South Carolina
Call For Rent
1-4 BR

Grandview

1850 Magwood Dr
Charleston, South Carolina
Accessible
62+

North Central Apartments

1054 King St
Charleston, South Carolina
Accessible
62+

Sea Island Apartments

3672 Maybank Hwy
Johns Island, South Carolina

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

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

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Charleston County, South Carolina

There are 51 low income housing apartment communities offering 4,335 affordable apartments for rent in Charleston County, South Carolina.

Income Based Apartments in Charleston County, South Carolina

Charleston County features 2,739 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 County, South Carolina

There are 1,596 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Charleston County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Charleston County, South Carolina

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Charleston County landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Charleston County.

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

2022 Charleston County, 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 County, South Carolina Fair Market Rent $1,183 $1,204 $1,372 $1,721 $2,206
Charleston County, 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 County, SC Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 51
Total Low Income Apartments 4,335
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 2,739
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 39.37%
Average Renter Household Size 2.36
Average Household Size 2.44
Median Household Income $53,437 ±$1,055
Median Rent $992 ±$13
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 50.43% ± 2.01pp
Total Population 372,904

Population and Household Demographics

Charleston County is a county in South Carolina with a population of 372,904. There are 148,018 households in the county with an average household size of 2.44 persons. 39.37% of households in Charleston County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Charleston County

The median gross income for households in Charleston County is $53,437 a year, or $4,453 a month. The median rent for the county is $992 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Charleston County, a household making less than $3,307 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 50.43% of households who rent are overburdened in Charleston County.

Area Median Income In Charleston 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 Charleston County, 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 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 HUD Rental Assistance in Charleston County

1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Charleston County 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 County 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 County 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

Cities In Charleston County

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City Served By
Awendaw The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Awendaw is the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Charleston The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Charleston are the Housing Authority of the City of Charleston and Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Folly Beach The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Folly Beach is the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Hollywood The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hollywood is the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Isle of Palms The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Isle of Palms is the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Johns Island The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Johns Island is the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Kiawah Island The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Kiawah Island is the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Lincolnville The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lincolnville is the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
McClellanville The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves McClellanville is the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Meggett The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Meggett is the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Mount Pleasant The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mount Pleasant is the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Ravenel The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Ravenel is the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Rockville The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rockville is the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Seabrook Island The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Seabrook Island is the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Sullivan's Island The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sullivan's Island is the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.