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Magnolia Downs Apartments

115 Magnolia Rd
Charleston, South Carolina
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1-3 BR

Robert Mills Manor

125 Logan St
Charleston, South Carolina
Public Housing

NCR Liberty Hill, LLC

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

Oakside Apartments

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

Rivers Place

7511 Rivers Avenue
Awendaw, South Carolina
1-3 BR
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There are 1,596 low-income apartments in Charleston County that offer reduced rents to eligible households.

Rental assistance programs support 2,739 low-income homes in Charleston County where households pay rent based on how much they earn. For 2023, elgible households participating in federally assisted housing pay an average of $339 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 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.

Housing Authority Programs
Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-Sufficiency
Go to the South Carolina Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Charleston County.

Charleston County, South Carolina Affordable Housing Data

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 $1,380 and $1,686.

2023 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 $1,328 $1,357 $1,533 $1,906 $2,397
Charleston County, 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 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 $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 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

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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.
$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 County 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 County 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