Affordable Housing In Nashville
Davidson County, Tennessee

208 Low Income Apartment Communities In Nashville

Villas at Metro

469 Ponder Pl
Nashville, Tennessee
2-3 BR

Trevecca Towers I and East

60 Lester Ave
Nashville, Tennessee
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

Hermitage Flats

5626 Old Hickory Blvd
Nashville, Tennessee
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Riverwood Tower Apartments

621 North Dupont Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee
Income Based
1 BR

Chippington Towers

94 Berkley Dr
Nashville, Tennessee
Call For Rent
1 BR

Forest Bend Townhomes

501 Forest Park Road
Nashville, Tennessee
3 BR

Trinity Hills Village Apartments

400 E Nocturne Dr
Nashville, Tennessee
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Spring Branch Apartments

1830 Spring Branch Dr
Nashville, Tennessee
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Nashwood Park Apartments

1040 N DuPont Ave
Nashville, Tennessee
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Biltmore Place Apartments

830 Glastonbury Road
Nashville, Tennessee
1-3 BR

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

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Nashville, Tennessee

There are 208 low income housing apartment communities offering 18,197 affordable apartments for rent in Nashville, Tennessee.

Income Based Apartments in Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville features 11,857 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 Nashville, Tennessee

There are 6,325 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Nashville.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Nashville, Tennessee

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Nashville landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Nashville.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Nashville, Tennessee for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,128 and $1,378.

2022 Nashville, 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
Nashville, Tennessee Fair Market Rent $1,079 $1,100 $1,253 $1,587 $1,975
Nashville, Tennessee Payment Standard Range $971 to $1,187 $990 to $1,210 $1,128 to $1,378 $1,428 to $1,746 $1,778 to $2,173

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Nashville, TN Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 208
Total Low Income Apartments 18,197
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 11,857
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 46.28%
Average Renter Household Size 2.33
Average Household Size 2.40
Median Household Income $47,621 ±$823
Median Rent $872 ±$7
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 47.42% ± 1.29pp
Total Population 634,512

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.

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 $96,700

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 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 HUD Rental Assistance in Nashville

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Nashville AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$19,850 $22,650 $25,500 $28,300 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Nashville AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$33,050 $37,750 $42,450 $47,150 $50,950 $54,700 $58,500 $62,250
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Nashville AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$52,850 $60,400 $67,950 $75,450 $81,500 $87,550 $93,600 $99,600