Affordable Housing In Brownsville
Cameron County, Texas


Waiting List Openings In Brownsville

Waiting ListStatus
Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville Project-Based Voucher Open Now
Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville Other Open Now

22 Low Income Apartment Communities In Brownsville

Tropical Gardens at Boca Chica

250 Ash St
Brownsville, TX
$530-675
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Citrus Gardens

2100 Grapefruit Street
Brownsville, TX
$579-790
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Bowie Garden Apartments

4650 Bowie Road
Brownsville, TX
$519-699
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Cunningham Manor Apts.

2835 Rockwell Dr.
Brownsville, TX
$499-746
1-4 BR

Candlewick Townhomes

1155 Paredes Line Rd
Brownsville, TX
Call For Rent
3 BR
Subsidized

Rockwell Manor

2735 Rockwell Cir
Brownsville, TX
Subsidized

Lindale Village Apartments

24 Lindale Dr
Brownsville, TX
Subsidized

Los Ebanos Apartments

2133 Barnard Rd
Brownsville, TX
Subsidized

Rosemont of Eldorado

185 Robindale Rd
Brownsville, TX
HCV Welcome

Sundance Meadows

865 Tonys Rd
Brownsville, TX
HCV Welcome

There are 22 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 3,066 affordable apartments for rent in Brownsville. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 1,758 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Brownsville, HUD housing programs support 389 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 1,204 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Brownsville

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Brownsville, Texas

Brownsville, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 22
Total Low Income Apartments 3,066
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 1,758
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 37.07%
Average Renter Household Size 3.33
Total Population 181,487
Housing Units 51,563
Average Household Size 3.49
Median Household Income $32,894 ±$1,298
Median Rent $628 ±$15
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 50.38% ± 2.62pp

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.1

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 $44,000

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 Brownsville HUD Rental Assistance in Brownsville

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $12,490 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,050 $36,400 $38,750
50% of Median $20,550 $23,500 $26,450 $29,350 $31,700 $34,050 $36,400 $38,750
80% of Median $32,900 $37,600 $42,300 $46,950 $50,750 $54,500 $58,250 $62,000
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Brownsville

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

From 1997 to 2006, 7 low income apartment communities containing 1,562 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Brownsville 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 Brownsville

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $20,550 $23,500 $26,450 $29,350 $31,700 $34,050 $36,400 $38,750
60% of Median $24,660 $28,200 $31,740 $35,220 $38,040 $40,860 $43,680 $46,500

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 Brownsville is $31,740 a year, or $2,645 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,645 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $794 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% $514 $551 $661 $763 $851 $939
60% $617 $661 $794 $916 $1,022 $1,127
Fair Market Rents in Brownsville

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
$559 $563 $718 $964 $1,104