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Affordable Housing In Galveston
Galveston County, Texas

21 Low Income Apartment Communities In Galveston

Villas on the Strand

1524 Strand Street
Galveston, Texas
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Sandpiper Cove Apartments

3916 Winnie Street
Galveston, Texas
$707-1,342
1-5 BR

Gulf Breeze

1211 21st St
Galveston, Texas

Champion Homes at Marina Landing

7302 Avenue P 1/2
Galveston, Texas

Sandpiper Cove

3916 Winnie St
Galveston, Texas
Subsidized

1910 Avenue N

1910 Avenue N
Galveston, Texas

3418 Sealy

3418 Sealy St
Galveston, Texas

Justine Apartments

503 21st St
Galveston, Texas

L and M Apartments

5510 Avenue L
Galveston, Texas

Magnolia Homes

1013 43rd St
Galveston, Texas

Housing Authorities that serve Galveston

Housing Authority Programs
Galveston Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Galveston, Texas

There are 21 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,638 affordable apartments for rent in Galveston, Texas.

Income Based Apartments in Galveston, Texas

Galveston features 643 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 Galveston, Texas

There are 995 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Galveston.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Galveston, Texas

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Galveston landlords $900 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Galveston.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Galveston, Texas for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,041 and $1,273.

2021 Galveston, 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
Galveston, Texas Fair Market Rent $893 $968 $1,157 $1,551 $1,977
Galveston, Texas Payment Standard Range $804 to $982 $871 to $1,065 $1,041 to $1,273 $1,396 to $1,706 $1,779 to $2,175

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Galveston, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 21
Total Low Income Apartments 1,638
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 643
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 56.33%
Average Renter Household Size 2.10
Average Household Size 2.23
Median Household Income $39,098 ±$2,861
Median Rent $846 ±$14
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.82% ± 3.03pp
Total Population 48,971

Population and Household Demographics

Galveston is a city in Galveston County, Texas with a population of 48,971. There are 20,320 households in the city with an average household size of 2.23 persons. 56.33% of households in Galveston are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Galveston

The median gross income for households in Galveston is $39,098 a year, or $3,258 a month. The median rent for the city is $846 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Galveston, a household making less than $2,820 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.82% of households who rent are overburdened in Galveston.

Area Median Income In Galveston

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 Galveston, the AMI is calculated from all households within Galveston County.

In Galveston, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $79,200

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 Galveston

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 Galveston

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Galveston AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$16,650 $19,000 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Galveston AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$27,750 $31,700 $35,650 $39,600 $42,800 $45,950 $49,150 $52,300
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Galveston AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$44,350 $50,700 $57,050 $63,350 $68,450 $73,500 $78,600 $83,650