Affordable Housing In Harlingen
Cameron County, Texas

18 Low Income Apartment Communities In Harlingen

Windstar Apartments

2802 N. 7th Street
Harlingen, TX
$698-783
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

North Star Village Apts.

411 Lozano
Harlingen, TX
Income Based
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Harrison Manor Apts.

601 South 17th Street
Harlingen, TX
$667-836
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Robinhood Apts.

615 South F Street
Harlingen, TX
Income Based
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Baxter Lofts

106 S A St
Harlingen, TX
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

The Palms Retirement Center, Inc

525 E Davis St
Harlingen, TX
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

La Hacienda Apartments

3567 W. Business 83
Harlingen, TX
HCV Welcome

Rosemont of Highland Gardens

1902 E Tyler Avenue
Harlingen, TX
HCV Welcome

Casa De Amigos IIi

402 E New Hampshire St
Harlingen, TX
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Alcott and Alcott

Briggs Rd
Harlingen, TX
HCV Welcome

Housing Authorities that serve Harlingen

Housing Authority Programs
Harlingen Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Cameron County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Harlingen, Texas

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 18 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,388 affordable apartments for rent in Harlingen, Texas. Harlingen features 849 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 539 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Harlingen.

Harlingen, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 18
Total Low Income Apartments 1,388
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 849
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 42.66%
Average Renter Household Size 3.29
Average Household Size 3.14
Median Household Income $34,466 ±$2,363
Median Rent $705 ±$14
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 43.26% ± 4.58pp
Total Population 65,801

Population and Household Demographics

Harlingen is a City in Cameron County, Texas with a population of 65,801. There are 20,599 households in the city with an average household size of 3.14 persons. 42.66% of households in Harlingen are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Harlingen

The median gross income for households in Harlingen is $34,466 a year, or $2,872 a month. The median rent for the city is $705 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Harlingen, a household making less than $2,350 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 43.26% of households who rent are overburdened in Harlingen.1

Area Median Income In Harlingen

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

In Harlingen, 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 Harlingen

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 Harlingen HUD Rental Assistance in Harlingen

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 Harlingen

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

From 1987 to 2003, 6 low income apartment communities containing 466 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Harlingen 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 Harlingen

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 Harlingen 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 Harlingen

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.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$592 $596 $760 $1,011 $1,163