Affordable Housing In Memphis
Shelby County, Tennessee

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202 Low Income Apartment Communities In Memphis

Independent Apartments

875 Linden Ave.
Memphis, Tennessee
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Memphis Towers

1081 Court Ave
Memphis, Tennessee
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized
62+

Uptown Square Apartments

252 North Lauderdale Street
Memphis, Tennessee
Call For Rent
Studio-3 BR

Robinhood Park Apartments

3717 Robin Park Circle
Memphis, Tennessee
Income Based
1-4 BR
Subsidized

Madison Towers

383 Madison Ave
Memphis, Tennessee
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
Subsidized
62+

Wesley Graceland Gardens

1430 Graceland Pines
Memphis, Tennessee
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized

College Park II

838 Walker Ave
Memphis, Tennessee
Income Based
1-4 BR

College Park Senior - Ph

838 Walker Ave
Memphis, Tennessee
Income Based
1-4 BR

Renaissance At Steele

3085 Steele St.
Memphis, Tennessee
$500-690
1-3 BR

Latham and Magnolia Terrace

669 N 3rd St
Memphis, Tennessee
Call For Rent
1 BR

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Memphis, 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 Memphis, Tennessee

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Memphis, Tennessee

There are 202 low income housing apartment communities offering 22,508 affordable apartments for rent in Memphis, Tennessee.

Income Based Apartments in Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis features 9,259 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 Memphis, Tennessee

There are 12,555 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Memphis.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Memphis, Tennessee

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Memphis landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Memphis.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Memphis, Tennessee for a two-bedroom apartment is between $821 and $1,003.

2022 Memphis, 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
Memphis, Tennessee Fair Market Rent $694 $792 $912 $1,219 $1,404
Memphis, Tennessee Payment Standard Range $625 to $763 $713 to $871 $821 to $1,003 $1,097 to $1,341 $1,264 to $1,544

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Memphis, TN Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 202
Total Low Income Apartments 22,508
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 9,259
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 50.79%
Average Renter Household Size 2.57
Average Household Size 2.57
Median Household Income $36,445 ±$613
Median Rent $828 ±$6
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 54.31% ± 1.27pp
Total Population 657,167

Population and Household Demographics

Memphis is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee with a population of 657,167. There are 249,775 households in the city with an average household size of 2.57 persons. 50.79% of households in Memphis are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Memphis

The median gross income for households in Memphis is $36,445 a year, or $3,037 a month. The median rent for the city is $828 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Memphis, a household making less than $2,760 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 54.31% of households who rent are overburdened in Memphis.

Area Median Income In Memphis

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 Memphis, the AMI is calculated from all households within Shelby County.

In Memphis, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $68,700

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 Memphis

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 Memphis

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Memphis AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$14,450 $17,420 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Memphis AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$24,050 $27,500 $30,950 $34,350 $37,100 $39,850 $42,600 $45,350
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Memphis AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$38,500 $44,000 $49,500 $54,950 $59,350 $63,750 $68,150 $72,550