Affordable Housing In Austin
Travis County, Texas

Austin city limits extend into  and  Hays County.

160 Low Income Apartment Communities In Austin

Waterloo Apartments

45 Waller St
Austin, Texas

Gardens of Decker Lake

7000 Decker Ln
Austin, Texas

1220 East 52nd Street

1220 E 52nd St
Austin, Texas

Meadowbrook Courts

1105 W Live Oak St
Austin, Texas

Lakeside Apartments

85 Trinity St
Austin, Texas

Bouldin Oaks

1005 Cumberland Rd
Austin, Texas

Thurmond Heights

801 Thurmond St
Austin, Texas

Meadow Glen Apartments

7418 Cameron Rd
Austin, Texas

Rio Lado Apartments

2989 E 51st St
Austin, Texas

Rollins Martin

1172 Webberville Rd
Austin, Texas

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in 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.

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 Austin, Texas

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Austin, Texas

There are 160 low income housing apartment communities offering 19,979 affordable apartments for rent in Austin, Texas.

Income Based Apartments in Austin, Texas

Austin features 4,346 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 15,079 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 $1,306 and $1,596.

2022 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 $1,092 $1,236 $1,451 $1,867 $2,194
Austin, Texas Payment Standard Range $983 to $1,201 $1,112 to $1,360 $1,306 to $1,596 $1,680 to $2,054 $1,975 to $2,413

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Austin, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 160
Total Low Income Apartments 19,979
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 4,346
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 $98,900

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 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.
$20,800 $23,750 $26,700 $29,650 $32,050 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
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.
$34,650 $39,600 $44,550 $49,450 $53,450 $57,400 $61,350 $65,300
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Austin AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$55,400 $63,300 $71,200 $79,100 $85,450 $91,800 $98,100 $104,450