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Affordable Housing In Austin
Travis County, Texas

Austin city limits extend into  and  Hays County.

148 Low Income Apartment Communities In Austin

Mason Manor

1137 Gunter St
Austin, Texas
Subsidized

Walnut Creek Apartments 115 - N1002

6409 Springdale Rd
Austin, Texas
Subsidized

Charles Place Apartments

1339 Lamar Square Dr
Austin, Texas
Subsidized
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing

Franklin Park

4509 E Saint Elmo Rd
Austin, Texas

Primrose of Shadow Creek

1026 Clayton Lane
Austin, Texas

Rosemont at Hidden Creek

9345 Highway 290 East
Austin, Texas

The Timbers

1034 Clayton Ln
Austin, Texas

Rebekah Baines Johnson

21 Waller St
Austin, Texas
Subsidized

Cobblestone

2101 Davis Ln
Austin, Texas
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Mosaic Housing Corporation XI

3015 Jubilee Trl
Austin, Texas
Subsidized
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing

Housing Authorities that serve Austin

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Austin, Texas

There are 148 low income housing apartment communities offering 19,064 affordable apartments for rent in Austin, Texas.

Income Based Apartments in Austin, Texas

Austin features 4,193 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 14,501 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 $1,291 and $1,577.

2021 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 $1,059 $1,212 $1,434 $1,848 $2,207
Austin, Texas Payment Standard Range $953 to $1,165 $1,091 to $1,333 $1,291 to $1,577 $1,663 to $2,033 $1,986 to $2,428

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Austin, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 148
Total Low Income Apartments 19,064
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 4,193
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 $97,600

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.
$20,550 $23,450 $26,400 $29,300 $31,650 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
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.
$34,200 $39,050 $43,950 $48,800 $52,750 $56,650 $60,550 $64,450
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Austin AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$54,700 $62,500 $70,300 $78,100 $84,350 $90,600 $96,850 $103,100