Pickens, South Carolina Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing programs support 125 income based apartments in Pickens where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 48 affordable apartments in Pickens that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Pickens, South Carolina

There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Pickens. Go to the South Carolina Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near Pickens.

Pickens Gardens

102 Garden Drive
Pickens, South Carolina
Rent Assisted

Ridgeview Apartments II

117 Ridgeview Dr
Pickens, South Carolina
Affordable

Pickens Apartments

105 India Dr
Pickens, South Carolina
Rent Assisted
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Affordable Housing Near Pickens

View affordable apartments and waiting lists in cities near Pickens

City Apartments
Central, SC Affordable Housing programs support 8 apartment communities in Central.
Liberty, SC Affordable Housing programs support 4 apartment communities in Liberty.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Pickens, 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.

Waiting lists for project-based assistance, like the Public Housing program, are open:

Housing Authority Programs
South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1 Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Go to the South Carolina Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Pickens.

Pickens, South Carolina Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Pickens, South Carolina

Pickens features 125 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 Pickens, South Carolina

There are 48 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Pickens.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Pickens, South Carolina

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Pickens landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Pickens.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Pickens, South Carolina for a two-bedroom apartment is between $946 and $1,156.

2023 Pickens, 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
Pickens, South Carolina Fair Market Rent $865 $931 $1,051 $1,344 $1,628
Pickens, South Carolina Payment Standard Range $779 to $952 $838 to $1,024 $946 to $1,156 $1,210 to $1,478 $1,465 to $1,791

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Pickens, SC Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 173
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 125
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 52.76%
Average Renter Household Size 2.50
Average Household Size 2.54
Median Household Income $33,250 ±$9,609
Median Rent $697 ±$139
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.42% ± 16.89pp
Total Population 3,148

Population and Household Demographics

Pickens is a city in Pickens County, South Carolina with a population of 3,148. There are 1,143 households in the city with an average household size of 2.54 persons. 52.76% of households in Pickens are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Pickens

The median gross income for households in Pickens is $33,250 a year, or $2,771 a month. The median rent for the city is $697 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Pickens, a household making less than $2,323 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.42% of households who rent are overburdened in Pickens.

Area Median Income In Pickens

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

In Pickens, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $85,200

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 Pickens

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 Pickens

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Pickens AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$17,900 $20,450 $23,030 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Pickens AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$29,850 $34,100 $38,350 $42,600 $46,050 $49,450 $52,850 $56,250
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Pickens AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$47,750 $54,550 $61,350 $68,150 $73,650 $79,100 $84,550 $90,000