Affordable Housing In Brenham
Washington County Texas

8 Low Income Apartment Communities In Brenham

Belle Towers

696 N. Market Street
Brenham, TX
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Brenham Housing Complex

600 Pleasantview Ave
Brenham, TX

Jefferson Square Apartments

801 W Jefferson St
Brenham, TX

Bluffview Villas

2800 Highway 36 S
Brenham, TX
HCV Welcome

Brenham Oaks

2575 Stringer St
Brenham, TX
HCV Welcome

Northside Terrace

1801 Northview Circle Dr
Brenham, TX

Sunnyside Terrace

700A E Blue Bell Rd
Brenham, TX

Cityview Crestview

801 Glenn Dr
Brenham, TX
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There are 8 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 743 affordable apartments for rent in Brenham. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 515 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Brenham, HUD housing programs support 125 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 228 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Brenham

Housing Authority Programs
Brenham Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Brazos Valley Council of Governments Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Brenham, Texas

Brenham, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 8
Total Low Income Apartments 743
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 515
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 37.73%
Average Renter Household Size 2.50
Total Population 16,257
Housing Units 5,272
Average Household Size 2.67
Median Household Income $42,975 ±$5,218
Median Rent $813 ±$35
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 40.98% ± 8.3pp

Population and Household Demographics

Brenham is a City in Washington County, Texas with a population of 16,257. There are 5,272 households in the city with an average household size of 2.67 persons. 37.73% of households in Brenham are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Brenham

The median gross income for households in Brenham is $42,975 a year, or $3,581 a month. The median rent for the city is $813 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Brenham, a household making less than $2,710 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 40.98% of households who rent are overburdened in Brenham.1

Area Median Income In Brenham

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 Brenham, the AMI is calculated from all households within Washington County.

In Brenham, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $67,400

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 Brenham

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 Brenham HUD Rental Assistance in Brenham

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,150 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $23,600 $27,000 $30,350 $33,700 $36,400 $39,100 $41,800 $44,500
80% of Median $37,750 $43,150 $48,550 $53,900 $58,250 $62,550 $66,850 $71,150
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Brenham

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

From 1996 to 2006, 3 low income apartment communities containing 195 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Brenham 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 Brenham

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
60% of Median $28,320 $32,400 $36,420 $40,440 $43,680 $46,920 $50,160 $53,400

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 Brenham is $36,420 a year, or $3,035 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,035 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $911 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% $590 $633 $759 $876 $978 $1,079
60% $708 $759 $911 $1,052 $1,173 $1,295
Fair Market Rents in Brenham

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
$703 $744 $852 $1,067 $1,497