Affordable Housing In Nashville
Davidson County, Tennessee

Waiting List Openings In Nashville

193 Low Income Apartment Communities In Nashville

Villas at Metro

469 Ponder Pl
Nashville, Tennessee
2-3 BR

Richland Hills Apartments

5800 Maudina Ave
Nashville, Tennessee
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Riverwood Tower Apartments

621 North Dupont Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee
Income Based
1 BR

Biltmore Place Apartments

830 Glastonbury Road
Nashville, Tennessee
1-3 BR

Red Oaks

700 Dew St.
Nashville, Tennessee
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Knollcrest Apartments

3301 Creekwood Dr
Nashville, Tennessee
Call For Rent
1-4 BR

Ryman Lofts Apartments

33 Peabody St
Nashville, Tennessee
Studio-3 BR

The Paddock at Grandview

230 West Trinity Lane
Nashville, Tennessee
1-3 BR

Bellwood Park Aparments

100 Pennington Ave
Nashville, Tennessee
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Summerwind Apartments

344 Bell Rd
Nashville, Tennessee
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

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)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Nashville, Tennessee

There are 193 low income housing apartment communities offering 15,901 affordable apartments for rent in Nashville, Tennessee.

Income Based Apartments in Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville features 11,329 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 4,557 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 $1,077 and $1,317.

2021 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 $998 $1,031 $1,197 $1,539 $1,930
Nashville, Tennessee Payment Standard Range $898 to $1,098 $928 to $1,134 $1,077 to $1,317 $1,385 to $1,693 $1,737 to $2,123

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Nashville, TN Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 193
Total Low Income Apartments 15,901
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 11,329
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 $84,300

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.
$17,750 $20,250 $22,800 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
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.
$29,550 $33,750 $37,950 $42,150 $45,550 $48,900 $52,300 $55,650
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Nashville AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$47,250 $54,000 $60,750 $67,450 $72,850 $78,250 $83,650 $89,050