Knoxville, Tennessee Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing programs support 6,567 income based apartments in Knoxville where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 2,800 affordable apartments in Knoxville that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Knoxville, Tennessee

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

Pine Ridge Apartments

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

Summit Towers

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

Morningside Gardens

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

Big Oak Apartments

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

Golden Age Retirement Village

1109 Beaman Lake Road
Knoxville, Tennessee
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Holston Oaks Apartments

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

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
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Public Housing Agencies Serving Knoxville, 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.

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

Housing Authority Programs
Knoxville Community Development Corporation Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-Sufficiency
Tennessee Housing Development Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Family Self-Sufficiency; Mainstream Voucher; Homeownership
Go to the Tennessee Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Knoxville.

Knoxville, Tennessee Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Knoxville, Tennessee

Knoxville 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 Knoxville, Tennessee

There are 2,800 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Knoxville.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Knoxville, Tennessee

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Knoxville, Tennessee for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,040 and $1,272.

2023 Knoxville, 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
Knoxville, Tennessee Fair Market Rent $887 $952 $1,156 $1,507 $1,773
Knoxville, 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 AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Knoxville, 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 53.41%
Average Renter Household Size 2.08
Average Household Size 2.14
Median Household Income $34,226 ±$826
Median Rent $752 ±$11
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 48.59% ± 2.04pp
Total Population 183,066

Population and Household Demographics

Knoxville is a city in Knox County, Tennessee with a population of 183,066. There are 81,073 households in the city with an average household size of 2.14 persons. 53.41% of households in Knoxville are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Knoxville

The median gross income for households in Knoxville is $34,226 a year, or $2,852 a month. The median rent for the city is $752 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Knoxville, a household making less than $2,507 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 48.59% of households who rent are overburdened in Knoxville.

Area Median Income In Knoxville

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 Knoxville, the AMI is calculated from all households within Knox County.

In Knoxville, 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 Knoxville

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 Knoxville

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Knoxville 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 Knoxville 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 Knoxville 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