Affordable Housing In El Paso
El Paso County, Texas

167 Low Income Apartment Communities In El Paso

Project Bravo Affordable Apartments

Multiple locations in South Central El Paso
El Paso, Texas

Baird Apartments

4747 Atlas Ave
El Paso, Texas

Homestead Palms

3697 Buntline Dr
El Paso, Texas

Cooperstown Apartments

5001 Sean Haggerty Dr.
El Paso, Texas

Project Vida Affordable Housing

111 N Valencia Pl
El Paso, Texas

Good Samaritan Towers

7750 Lilac Way
El Paso, Texas

Morehead Apartments

6th Street and Park
El Paso, Texas

Sunset Palms Apartments

6149 S Desert Blvd
El Paso, Texas

Suncrest Apartments

611 Rubin Dr
El Paso, Texas

Chai Manor

406 Wallenberg Dr
El Paso, Texas
Elderly Supportive Housing

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in 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.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving El Paso, Texas

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in El Paso, Texas

There are 167 low income housing apartment communities offering 15,456 affordable apartments for rent in El Paso, Texas.

Income Based Apartments in El Paso, Texas

El Paso features 8,896 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 6,186 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 $756 and $924.

2022 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 $558 $701 $840 $1,174 $1,438
El Paso, Texas Payment Standard Range $502 to $614 $631 to $771 $756 to $924 $1,057 to $1,291 $1,294 to $1,582

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

El Paso, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 167
Total Low Income Apartments 15,456
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 8,896
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 $51,600

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 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.
$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 El Paso 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 El Paso 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