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Affordable Housing In Knox County
Tennessee

90 Low Income Apartment Communities In Knox County

Pine Ridge Apartments

4700 Schubert Rd
Knoxville, Tennessee
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized
Market Rate

Summit Towers

201 Locust St
Knoxville, Tennessee
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible

Morningside Gardens

1800 Linden Ave
Knoxville, Tennessee
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized
62+

Big Oak Apartments

3807 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, Tennessee
Income Based
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Holston Oaks Apartments

1930 Natchez Avenue
Knoxville, Tennessee
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Western Heights

1621 Jourolman Ave.
Knoxville, Tennessee
Call For Rent
1-5 BR
Family & Senior

Lonsdale Homes

2020 Minnesota Ave
Knoxville, Tennessee
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Family & Senior

Austin Homes

1115 E New St
Knoxville, Tennessee
Call For Rent
1-5 BR
Family & Senior

Dr Lee Williams Senior Complex

317 McConnell St
Knoxville, Tennessee
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR

Cagle Terrace

515 Renford Rd
Knoxville, Tennessee
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
Accessible
62+

Housing Authorities that serve Knox County

Housing Authority Programs
Tennessee Housing Development Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Family Self-Sufficiency; Mainstream Voucher; Homeownership

Guide To Affordable Housing in Knox County, Tennessee

There are 90 low income housing apartment communities offering 9,239 affordable apartments for rent in Knox County, Tennessee.

Income Based Apartments in Knox County, Tennessee

Knox County features 6,567 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 Knox County, Tennessee

There are 2,453 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Knox County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Knox County, Tennessee

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Knox County, Tennessee for a two-bedroom apartment is between $806 and $986.

2021 Knox County, 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
Knox County, Tennessee Fair Market Rent $624 $729 $896 $1,182 $1,421
Knox County, Tennessee Payment Standard Range $562 to $686 $656 to $802 $806 to $986 $1,064 to $1,300 $1,279 to $1,563

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Knox County, TN Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 90
Total Low Income Apartments 9,239
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 6,567
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 36.05%
Average Renter Household Size 2.19
Average Household Size 2.39
Median Household Income $48,701 ±$1,097
Median Rent $793 ±$9
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 44.54% ± 1.6pp
Total Population 444,348

Population and Household Demographics

Knox County is a county in Tennessee with a population of 444,348. There are 180,729 households in the county with an average household size of 2.39 persons. 36.05% of households in Knox County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Knox County

The median gross income for households in Knox County is $48,701 a year, or $4,058 a month. The median rent for the county is $793 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Knox County, a household making less than $2,643 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 44.54% of households who rent are overburdened in Knox County.

Area Median Income In Knox 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 Knox County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $73,000

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 Knox 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 Knox County

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Knox County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$15,350 $17,550 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Knox County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$25,550 $29,200 $32,850 $36,500 $39,450 $42,350 $45,300 $48,200
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Knox County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$40,900 $46,750 $52,600 $58,400 $63,100 $67,750 $72,450 $77,100

Cities In Knox County

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City Served By
Farragut The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Farragut is the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.
Knoxville The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Knoxville are the Knoxville Community Development Corporation and Tennessee Housing Development Agency.
Mascot The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mascot is the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.