Affordable Housing In Austin
Travis County, Texas

124 Low Income Apartment Communities In Austin

Rosemont at Williamson Creek

4509 E Saint Elmo Rd
Austin, TX
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Gateway Apartments

505 Swanee Dr
Austin, TX
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M - Rhd - Garden Terrace - 2001

1015 W William Cannon Dr
Austin, TX
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1101 Brookswood

1101 Brookswood Ave
Austin, TX
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1106 Brookswood

1106 Brookswood Ave
Austin, TX
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1108 Brookswood

1108 Brookswood Ave
Austin, TX
HCV Welcome

1109 Brookswood

1109 Brookswood Ave
Austin, TX
HCV Welcome

1115 Brookswood

1115 Brookswood Ave
Austin, TX
HCV Welcome

1148 Brookswood

1148 Brookswood Ave
Austin, TX
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Mountain Ranch Apartments

2425 E Riverside Dr
Austin, TX
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There are 124 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 14,197 affordable apartments for rent in Austin. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 4,366 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Austin, HUD housing programs support 1,901 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 9,405 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Austin

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of Austin Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Other Housing Authorities located in Austin

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of Travis County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Austin, Texas

Austin, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 124
Total Low Income Apartments 14,197
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 4,366
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 55.19%
Average Renter Household Size 2.31
Total Population 887,061
Housing Units 351,195
Average Household Size 2.47
Median Household Income $57,689 ±$794
Median Rent $1,047 ±$8
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 47.78% ± 0.98pp

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.1

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 $95,900

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 Austin HUD Rental Assistance in Austin

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $19,900 $22,750 $25,600 $28,400 $30,700 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $33,150 $37,850 $42,600 $47,300 $51,100 $54,900 $58,700 $62,450
80% of Median $52,850 $60,400 $67,950 $75,500 $81,550 $87,600 $93,650 $99,700
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Austin

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

From 1987 to 2007, 74 low income apartment communities containing 7,481 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Austin 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 Austin

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $33,150 $37,850 $42,600 $47,300 $51,100 $54,900 $58,700 $62,450
60% of Median $39,780 $45,420 $51,120 $56,760 $61,320 $65,880 $70,440 $74,940

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 Austin is $51,120 a year, or $4,260 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,260 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,278 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% $829 $888 $1,065 $1,230 $1,373 $1,514
60% $995 $1,065 $1,278 $1,476 $1,647 $1,817
Fair Market Rents in Austin

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
$931 $1,086 $1,315 $1,734 $2,099