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22 Low Income Apartment Communities In Brownsville

Tropical Gardens at Boca Chica

250 Ash St
Brownsville, Texas
1-3 BR

Citrus Gardens

2100 Grapefruit Street
Brownsville, Texas
1-3 BR

Bowie Garden Apartments

4650 Bowie Road
Brownsville, Texas
1-3 BR

Cunningham Manor Apts.

2835 Rockwell Dr.
Brownsville, Texas
1-4 BR

Candlewick Townhomes

1155 Paredes Line Rd
Brownsville, Texas
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3 BR

Rockwell Manor

2735 Rockwell Cir
Brownsville, Texas

Lindale Village Apartments

24 Lindale Dr
Brownsville, Texas

Los Ebanos Apartments

2133 Barnard Rd
Brownsville, Texas

Rosemont of Eldorado

185 Robindale Rd
Brownsville, Texas

Sundance Meadows

865 Tonys Rd
Brownsville, Texas

Housing Authorities that serve Brownsville

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Homeownership Voucher; Family Self-Sufficiency; Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)
Cameron County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moderate Rehabilitation

Guide To Affordable Housing in Brownsville, Texas

There are 22 low income housing apartment communities offering 3,066 affordable apartments for rent in Brownsville, Texas.

Income Based Apartments in Brownsville, Texas

Brownsville features 1,758 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 Brownsville, Texas

There are 1,204 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Brownsville.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Brownsville, Texas

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Brownsville landlords $400 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Brownsville.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Brownsville, Texas for a two-bedroom apartment is between $678 and $828.

2021 Brownsville, 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
Brownsville, Texas Fair Market Rent $586 $590 $753 $989 $1,138
Brownsville, Texas Payment Standard Range $527 to $645 $531 to $649 $678 to $828 $890 to $1,088 $1,024 to $1,252

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Brownsville, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 22
Total Low Income Apartments 3,066
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,758
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 37.07%
Average Renter Household Size 3.33
Average Household Size 3.49
Median Household Income $32,894 ±$1,298
Median Rent $628 ±$15
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 50.38% ± 2.62pp
Total Population 181,487

Population and Household Demographics

Brownsville is a city in Cameron County, Texas with a population of 181,487. There are 51,563 households in the city with an average household size of 3.49 persons. 37.07% of households in Brownsville are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Brownsville

The median gross income for households in Brownsville is $32,894 a year, or $2,741 a month. The median rent for the city is $628 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Brownsville, a household making less than $2,093 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 50.38% of households who rent are overburdened in Brownsville.

Area Median Income In Brownsville

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 Brownsville, the AMI is calculated from all households within Cameron County.

In Brownsville, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $45,900

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 Brownsville

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 Brownsville

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Brownsville AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$12,880 $17,420 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,350 $37,800 $40,200
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Brownsville AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$21,350 $24,400 $27,450 $30,450 $32,900 $35,350 $37,800 $40,200
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Brownsville AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$34,100 $39,000 $43,850 $48,700 $52,600 $56,500 $60,400 $64,300