El Paso, Texas Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing programs support 9,050 income based apartments in El Paso where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 6,617 affordable apartments in El Paso that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in El Paso, Texas

There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in El Paso. Go to the Texas Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near El Paso.

Homestead Palms II

3604 Krag Street
El Paso, Texas
$594
1 BR
Affordable

Canutillo Palms

365 La Puesta Dr
El Paso, Texas
$545
1 BR
Affordable

Medano Heights

7801 Medano Dr
El Paso, Texas
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Rent Assisted

Hervey Heights

4949 Alps Dr
El Paso, Texas
Call For Rent
1 BR
Rent Assisted

Thomas Westfall Apartments

10700 Vista del Sol
El Paso, Texas
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Rent Assisted
Affordable

Henderson Heights

9401 Stonewall Rd
El Paso, Texas
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Rent Assisted
62+

Artspace El Paso Lofts

601 N. Oregon Street
El Paso, Texas
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Affordable

Corona Del Valle

5453 Ridge St
El Paso, Texas
Call For Rent
2 BR
Affordable
Rent Assisted

Dyer Palms

10551 Dyer St
El Paso, Texas
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Affordable

Good Samaritan Towers

7750 Lilac Way
El Paso, Texas
Call For Rent
1 BR
Rent Assisted
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Affordable Housing Near El Paso

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Public Housing Agencies Serving El Paso, 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.

Waiting lists for project-based assistance, like the Public Housing program, are open:

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of El Paso Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Homeownership Voucher; Family Self-Sufficiency; Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Mainstream Voucher; Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)
El Paso County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
El Paso County Housing Authority Public Housing
Go to the Texas Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near El Paso.

El Paso, Texas Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in El Paso, Texas

El Paso features 9,050 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 El Paso, Texas

There are 6,617 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in El Paso.

Housing Choice Vouchers in El Paso, Texas

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay El Paso landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in El Paso.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in El Paso, Texas for a two-bedroom apartment is between $879 and $1,075.

2023 El Paso, 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
El Paso, Texas Fair Market Rent $672 $824 $977 $1,361 $1,664
El Paso, Texas Payment Standard Range $605 to $739 $742 to $906 $879 to $1,075 $1,225 to $1,497 $1,498 to $1,830

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

El Paso, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 176
Total Low Income Apartments 16,260
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 9,050
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 40.69%
Average Renter Household Size 2.81
Average Household Size 3.03
Median Household Income $42,772 ±$803
Median Rent $752 ±$9
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 45.38% ± 1.45pp
Total Population 676,325

Population and Household Demographics

El Paso is a city in El Paso County, Texas with a population of 676,325. There are 220,682 households in the city with an average household size of 3.03 persons. 40.69% of households in El Paso are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in El Paso

The median gross income for households in El Paso is $42,772 a year, or $3,564 a month. The median rent for the city is $752 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In El Paso, a household making less than $2,507 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 45.38% of households who rent are overburdened in El Paso.

Area Median Income In El Paso

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 El Paso, the AMI is calculated from all households within El Paso County.

In El Paso, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $59,500

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 El Paso

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 El Paso

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the El Paso AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$14,350 $18,310 $23,030 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $44,950
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the El Paso AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$23,850 $27,250 $30,650 $34,050 $36,800 $39,500 $42,250 $44,950
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the El Paso AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$38,150 $43,600 $49,050 $54,450 $58,850 $63,200 $67,550 $71,900