Affordable Housing In Knox County

92 Low Income Apartment Communities In Knox County

Cfs Pleasantree Apartments

1909 Dawn St
Knoxville, Tennessee

Oak Crest Apartments

904 Knotty Oak Way
Knoxville, Tennessee

Sutherland View Apartments

3220 Atchley Ridge Way
Knoxville, Tennessee

148 Hinton Ave

148 Hinton Ave
Knoxville, Tennessee

University Avenue Affordable Housing Pro

1315 University Ave
Knoxville, Tennessee

Riverbirch Valley Apartments

7236 Oak Ridge Hwy
Knoxville, Tennessee

River View Park Apartments

3219 River Maple Way
Knoxville, Tennessee

Sutherland Square Apartments

3014 Sutherland Ave
Knoxville, Tennessee

Positively Living 1501 E 5th Avenue

1501 E 5th Ave
Knoxville, Tennessee

Sutherland Park Apartments

120 Sutherland Ave
Knoxville, Tennessee

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in 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.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Knox County, Tennessee

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 92 low income housing apartment communities offering 9,411 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 2,800 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 $1,040 and $1,272.

2023 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 $887 $952 $1,156 $1,507 $1,773
Knox County, Tennessee Payment Standard Range $798 to $976 $857 to $1,047 $1,040 to $1,272 $1,356 to $1,658 $1,596 to $1,950

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Knox County, TN Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 92
Total Low Income Apartments 9,411
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 $84,400

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.
$17,150 $19,600 $23,030 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
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.
$28,600 $32,650 $36,750 $40,800 $44,100 $47,350 $50,600 $53,900
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.
$45,750 $52,250 $58,800 $65,300 $70,550 $75,750 $81,000 $86,200

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.