Affordable Housing In Austin
Travis County, Texas

Austin city limits extend into  and  Hays County.

Affordable Housing programs support 4,919 income based apartments in Austin where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 18,856 affordable apartments in Austin that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Austin, Texas

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

Southwest Trails Apartments

8405 Old Bee Caves Rd
Austin, Texas
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Affordable

Bluebonnet Studios

2301 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas
$445-866
Studio BR
Affordable

Cardinal Point Apartments

11015 Four Points Drive
Austin, Texas
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Affordable

Estates at Norwood

916 Norwood Park Blvd
Austin, Texas
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Affordable

Harris Branch Seniors

12433 Dessau Rd
Austin, Texas
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+
Affordable

Summit Oaks

11607 Sierra Nevada
Austin, Texas
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Affordable

William Cannon Apartments

2112 East William Cannon Drive
Austin, Texas
$1,017-1,334
1-3 BR
Affordable

Heights on Parmer Apartment Homes

1500 East Parmer Lane
Austin, Texas
$999-1,325
1-3 BR
Affordable

The Pointe at Ben White

6934 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, Texas
$969-1,339
1-3 BR
Affordable

SOCO 121

121 Woodward Street
Austin, Texas
$844-1,006
1-2 BR
Affordable
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Affordable Housing Near Austin

View affordable apartments and waiting lists in cities near Austin

City Apartments
Affordable Housing In Lago Vista, TX Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Lago Vista.
Affordable Housing In Leander, TX Affordable Housing programs support 5 apartment communities in Leander.
Affordable Housing In Manor, TX Affordable Housing programs support 2 apartment communities in Manor.
Affordable Housing In Pflugerville, TX Affordable Housing programs support 5 apartment communities in Pflugerville.
Affordable Housing In Round Rock, TX Affordable Housing programs support 10 apartment communities in Round Rock.
Affordable Housing In West Lake Hills, TX Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in West Lake Hills.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Austin, Texas

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.

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of Austin Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-Sufficiency; Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA); Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)
Housing Authority of Travis County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moving to Work
Go to the Texas Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Austin.

Austin, Texas Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Austin, Texas

Austin features 4,919 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 Austin, Texas

There are 18,856 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Austin.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Austin, Texas

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Austin landlords $900 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Austin.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Austin, Texas for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,463 and $1,789.

2023 Austin, Texas 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
Austin, Texas Fair Market Rent $1,253 $1,386 $1,626 $2,088 $2,416
Austin, Texas Payment Standard Range $1,128 to $1,378 $1,247 to $1,525 $1,463 to $1,789 $1,879 to $2,297 $2,174 to $2,658

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Austin, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 184
Total Low Income Apartments 24,166
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 4,919
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 55.19%
Average Renter Household Size 2.31
Average Household Size 2.47
Median Household Income $57,689 ±$794
Median Rent $1,047 ±$8
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 47.78% ± 0.98pp
Total Population 887,061

Population and Household Demographics

Austin is a city in Travis County, Texas with a population of 887,061. There are 351,195 households in the city with an average household size of 2.47 persons. 55.19% of households in Austin are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Austin

The median gross income for households in Austin is $57,689 a year, or $4,807 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,047 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Austin, a household making less than $3,490 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 47.78% of households who rent are overburdened in Austin.

Area Median Income In Austin

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 Austin, the AMI is calculated from all households within Travis County.

In Austin, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $110,300

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 Austin

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 Austin

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Austin AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$23,200 $26,500 $29,800 $33,100 $35,750 $38,400 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Austin AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$38,650 $44,150 $49,650 $55,150 $59,600 $64,000 $68,400 $72,800
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Austin AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$61,800 $70,600 $79,450 $88,250 $95,350 $102,400 $109,450 $116,500