Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Knox County, TN

Discover affordable housing in Knox County where there are 113+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

Hillside Place

2050 Edgeview Way, Knoxville, Tennessee 37918

Caswell Manor

1501 E 5th Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

bed 1

Young High Flats

111 E Young High Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

bed 2-3

Flats at Pond Gap

909 Hollywood Rd., Knoxville, Tennessee 37919

bed 1-3

First Creek at Austin

1250 Elston Turner Dr., Knoxville, Tennessee 37915

bed 1-4

The Residences at Fivepoints

2061 Bethel Ave., Knoxville, Tennessee 37915

bed 1-2

Southland Square

3423 Sevier Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

bed 1-3

Minvilla Manor

447 N Broadway St, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

Flenniken Housing

115 Flenniken Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

Southside Flats

2727 Fort Stanley Way, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

bed 1-3

Holston Ridge Apartments

1210 Mystic River Way, Knoxville, Tennessee 37912

bed 1-4

Breakthrough Homes

Thurman Road, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

Lyons Den Apartments

3417 Valley View Dr, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

Hiawassee Square Apartments ( Phase I )

176 Hiawassee Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

Cerebral Palsy Housing Corp

2014 Highland Dr, Knoxville, Tennessee 37918

elderly Senior

Beta Home, Inc

1809 Luttrell St, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

elderly Senior

Beta Development Company Group Home

3706 Washington Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

elderly Senior

West Vista Ridge Apartments

1201 Vista Ridge Way, Knoxville, Tennessee 37909

Rocky Top

Breda Dr, Knoxville, Tennessee 37918

Sterchi Ridge

Haynes-Sterchi Road, Knoxville, Tennessee 37912

bed 2-3

How To Identify Affordable Housing in Knox County, Tennessee

Look for program and preference badges on affordable apartment listings. These badges can help you identify the types of low income housing each apartment offers and if you may be eligbile for rental assistance or reduced rents.

Badge Description
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
Low income apartments with no or short waiting lists.
payment Subsidized
Low income housing where the rent is subsidized and the renter pays only a portion of total rent.
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
Apartments that accept Section 8 vouchers near you
elderly Senior
Rental housing for seniors who are 55 (or sometimes 62) and older.
payment Income Based
Affordable apartments where the rent paid is based on renter income.
accessibility Accessible
Meets Accessibilty Requirements of the Fair Housing Act, the ADA, or HUD policy.
accessible_forward Disability
Apartments for individuals or families with disabilities.
The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Knox County, Tennessee
$15.88 (+219%) more than Tennessee minimum wage and $15.88 (+219%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve Knox County, 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.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Family Self-Sufficiency, Mainstream Voucher, Homeownership programs for Knox County, Tennessee.

Go to the Tennessee Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Knox County.

How many renters live in Knox County, Tennessee?

The County of Knox County has 494,574 people living in 201,193 households.

There are 144,765 renters living in 69,590 renter households in this County. Renters make up 29.27 percent of the population living in Knox County.

What is the rental market like in Knox County, Tennessee?

There are an estimated 217,248 housing units in the Knox County area. Of these, 73,791 units are rental homes, making up 34 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Knox County, Tennessee, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Knox County?

The rental vacancy rate in Knox County is 5 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

How many rental units are in Knox County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Knox County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
2,507 17,915 30,095 15,307 3,520
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Knox County

A large number of apartments in Knox County have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in Knox County are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 46 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 22 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in Knox County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $985 to $1,833. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $985
One BR $1,000
Two BR $1,221
Three BR $1,578
Four BR $1,833
2024 Fair Market Rents in Knox County, Tennessee

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Knox County?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 1,990 79 percent
One BR 9,455 53 percent
Two BR 14,822 49 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Knox County, Tennessee

How many affordable rental units are in Knox County?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Knox County, Tennessee including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 5,520
Public Housing 191
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 6,365
Mod Rehab Project-Based Rental Assistance 50
Section 236 Rental Assistance 9
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 162
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 44
USDA Section 515 Rural Rental Housing 175
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Knox County, Tennessee

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Knox County, Tennessee

Knox County features 7,226 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 3,233 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 $1,099 and $1,343.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.