Athens, Tennessee Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing programs support 782 income based apartments in Athens where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 176 affordable apartments in Athens that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Athens, Tennessee

There are two Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists open in Athens.

  • is currently open for new Section 8 applications.
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Go to the Tennessee Section 8 Waiting Lists page for more openings near Athens.

McMinn Villa Apartments

212 Westside Drive
Athens, Tennessee
Call For Rent
Studio-4 BR
Rent Assisted

Ridgetop Apartments

2009 Layman Rd
Athens, Tennessee
$665-775
2-4 BR
Affordable

Athens Mews

1728 Garden Dr
Athens, Tennessee
Rent Assisted

Lee Manor

1800 Lee Dr
Athens, Tennessee
Rent Assisted

Rose Hill Apartments

721 Hamby St
Athens, Tennessee
Rent Assisted

Athens Gardens Apartments

1720 Garden Dr
Athens, Tennessee
Rent Assisted

Park Village Apartments

918 Rocky Mount Rd
Athens, Tennessee
Affordable

Maplewood Apartments I

2014 Old Niota Rd
Athens, Tennessee
Rent Assisted

Forrest Hills

619 Francis St
Athens, Tennessee
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Affordable Housing Near Athens

View affordable apartments and waiting lists in cities near Athens

City Apartments
Sweetwater, TN Affordable Housing programs support 7 apartment communities in Sweetwater.
Englewood, TN Affordable Housing programs support 2 apartment communities in Englewood.
Etowah, TN Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Etowah.
Niota, TN Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Niota.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Athens, Tennessee

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
Athens Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Dayton Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Go to the Tennessee Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Athens.

Athens, Tennessee Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Athens, Tennessee

Athens features 782 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 Athens, Tennessee

There are 176 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Athens.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Athens, Tennessee

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Athens, Tennessee for a two-bedroom apartment is between $755 and $923.

2023 Athens, Tennessee 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
Athens, Tennessee Fair Market Rent $668 $716 $839 $1,123 $1,127
Athens, Tennessee Payment Standard Range $601 to $735 $644 to $788 $755 to $923 $1,011 to $1,235 $1,014 to $1,240

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Athens, TN Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 9
Total Low Income Apartments 958
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 782
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 45.86%
Average Renter Household Size 2.17
Average Household Size 2.39
Median Household Income $30,167 ±$5,361
Median Rent $590 ±$45
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 50.08% ± 7.77pp
Total Population 13,634

Population and Household Demographics

Athens is a city in McMinn County, Tennessee with a population of 13,634. There are 5,477 households in the city with an average household size of 2.39 persons. 45.86% of households in Athens are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Athens

The median gross income for households in Athens is $30,167 a year, or $2,514 a month. The median rent for the city is $590 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Athens, a household making less than $1,967 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 50.08% of households who rent are overburdened in Athens.

Area Median Income In Athens

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 Athens, the AMI is calculated from all households within McMinn County.

In Athens, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $61,100

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 Athens

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 Athens

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Athens AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$13,590 $18,310 $23,030 $27,750 $32,470 $36,600 $39,150 $41,650
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Athens AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$22,100 $25,250 $28,400 $31,550 $34,100 $36,600 $39,150 $41,650
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Athens AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$35,350 $40,400 $45,450 $50,450 $54,500 $58,550 $62,600 $66,600