Low Income Apartments In Nashville
Davidson County, Tennessee

Low Income Apartments In Nashville

Villas at Metro

469 Ponder Pl
Nashville, TN
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Riverwood Tower Apartments

621 North Dupont Avenue
Nashville, TN
Income Based
1 BR

Biltmore Place Apartments

830 Glastonbury Road
Nashville, TN
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Knollcrest Apartments

3301 Creekwood Dr
Nashville, TN
1-4 BR

Ryman Lofts Apartments

33 Peabody St
Nashville, TN
Studio-3 BR
HCV Welcome

The Paddock at Grandview

230 W. Trinity Lane
Nashville, TN
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Mallard Landing

4501 Packard Drive
Nashville, TN
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Bellwood Park Aparments

100 Pennington Ave
Nashville, TN
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Summerwind Apartments

344 Bell Rd
Nashville, TN
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Richland Hills Apartments

5800 Maudina Ave
Nashville, TN
1-3 BR

There are 186 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 14,525 affordable apartments for rent in Nashville, Tennessee. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 9,790 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 3,806 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Nashville. There are 4,735 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Housing Authorities that serve Nashville

Housing Authority Programs
Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-sufficiency; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)
Tennessee Housing Development Agency Central Office Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Other Housing Authorities located in Nashville

Housing Authority Programs
Tennessee Housing Development Agency Middle Tennessee Office Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, TN Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 186
Total Low Income Apartments 14,525
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 9,790
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 46.28%
Average Renter Household Size 2.33
Total Population 634,512
Housing Units 254,729
Average Household Size 2.40
Median Household Income $47,621 ±$823
Median Rent $872 ±$7
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 47.42% ± 1.29pp

Population and Household Demographics

Nashville is a City in Davidson County, Tennessee with a population of 634,512. There are 254,729 households in the city with an average household size of 2.40 persons. 46.28% of households in Nashville are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Nashville

The median gross income for households in Nashville is $47,621 a year, or $3,968 a month. The median rent for the city is $872 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Nashville, a household making less than $2,907 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 47.42% of households who rent are overburdened in Nashville.1

Area Median Income In Nashville

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 Nashville, the AMI is calculated from all households within Davidson County.

In Nashville, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $80,000

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 Nashville

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 Nashville HUD Rental Assistance in Nashville

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,800 $19,200 $21,600 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $28,000 $32,000 $36,000 $40,000 $43,200 $46,400 $49,600 $52,800
80% of Median $44,800 $51,200 $57,600 $64,000 $69,150 $74,250 $79,400 $84,500
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Nashville

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1987 to 2012, 148 low income apartment communities containing 5,638 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Nashville by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Nashville

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
60% of Median $33,600 $38,400 $43,200 $48,000 $51,840 $55,680 $59,520 $63,360

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Nashville is $43,200 a year, or $3,600 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,600 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,080 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $700 $750 $900 $1,040 $1,160 $1,280
60% $840 $900 $1,080 $1,248 $1,392 $1,536
Fair Market Rents in Nashville

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$830 $911 $1,103 $1,455 $1,738