Affordable Housing In Dorchester County
South Carolina

8 Low Income Apartment Communities In Dorchester County

Woodland Park Apartments

101 Sharon Ln
St George, SC
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Winfield Apartments

138 Judge St
Harleyville, SC
HCV Welcome

Cedarwood Apartments

300 Reed St
St George, SC
Subsidized

Dorchester Village

651 SW Railroad Ave
St George, SC
Subsidized

St George Properties

205 Sharon Ln
St George, SC
HCV Welcome

Winfield Apartments Ph II

129 Bowman St
Harleyville, SC
Subsidized

Woodland Park Apartments

113 Sharon Ln
St George, SC

Sharon Lane Apartments

123 Sharon Ln
St George, SC
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Housing Authorities that serve Dorchester County

Housing Authority Programs
South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Homeownership Voucher

Guide To Affordable Housing in Dorchester County, South Carolina

There are 8 low income housing apartment communities offering 260 affordable apartments for rent in Dorchester County, South Carolina. Dorchester County features 116 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 144 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Dorchester County.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Dorchester County, SC Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 8
Total Low Income Apartments 260
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 116
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 30.55%
Average Renter Household Size 2.69
Average Household Size 2.77
Median Household Income $54,901 ±$1,488
Median Rent $947 ±$26
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.87% ± 3.58pp
Total Population 145,715

Population and Household Demographics

Dorchester County is a County in South Carolina with a population of 145,715. There are 51,856 households in the county with an average household size of 2.77 persons. 30.55% of households in Dorchester County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Dorchester County

The median gross income for households in Dorchester County is $54,901 a year, or $4,575 a month. The median rent for the county is $947 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Dorchester County, a household making less than $3,157 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46.87% of households who rent are overburdened in Dorchester County.1

Area Median Income In Dorchester 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 Dorchester County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $77,900

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 Dorchester 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 Dorchester County HUD Rental Assistance in Dorchester County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,350 $18,700 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $27,300 $31,200 $35,100 $38,950 $42,100 $45,200 $48,300 $51,450
80% of Median $43,650 $49,850 $56,100 $62,300 $67,300 $72,300 $77,300 $82,250
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Dorchester County

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1987 to 1987, 1 low income apartment communities containing 16 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Dorchester County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Dorchester County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $27,300 $31,200 $35,100 $38,950 $42,100 $45,200 $48,300 $51,450
60% of Median $32,760 $37,440 $42,120 $46,740 $50,520 $54,240 $57,960 $61,740

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Dorchester County is $42,120 a year, or $3,510 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,510 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,053 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $683 $731 $878 $1,013 $1,130 $1,247
60% $819 $878 $1,053 $1,216 $1,356 $1,496
Fair Market Rents in Dorchester County

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$907 $1,035 $1,179 $1,535 $2,012

Cities In Dorchester County

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City Listings Served By
Harleyville 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Harleyville is the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority.
St George 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves St George is the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority.
St. George 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves St. George is the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority.
Reevesville 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Reevesville is the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority.
Ridgeville 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Ridgeville is the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority.
North Charleston 24 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve North Charleston are the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, North Charleston Housing Authority and South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 3.