Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Harris County, TX

Discover affordable housing in Harris County where there are 410+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

City Parc II at West Oaks Apartments

3530 Green Crest Drive, Houston, Texas 77082

Forest Creek Apartments

5915 Uvalde Rd, Houston, Texas 77049

Town Parc at Sherwood

1521 Sherwood Forest St, Houston, Texas 77043

333 Holly

333 Holly Creek Court, The Woodlands, Texas 77381

Catalon Apartments

6013 Queenston Blvd, Houston, Texas 77084

Copperwood I

4407 S Panther Creek Dr, Spring, Texas 77381

Goldberg B Nai B Rith Towers

10909 Fondren Rd, Houston, Texas 77096

Copper Ridge Apartments

2216 E Harris Ave, Pasadena, Texas 77506

Glenwood Trails II

4309 Glenwood Ave, Deer Park, Texas 77536

Yale Village

5673 Yale Street, Houston, Texas 77076

Villa Americana

5901 Selinsky Rd, Houston, Texas 77048

Oasis on Ella

13655 Ella Blvd, Houston, Texas 77014

Garden City Apartments

9601 W Montgomery Rd, Houston, Texas 77088

Independence Heights Apartments

302 Crosstimbers Street, Houston, Texas 77022

Retreat at Westlock

24055 TX-249, Tomball, Texas 77375

Sagetree Terrace Apartments

15505 Bammel N Houston Rd, Houston, Texas 77014

Altura Heights

4911 W Airport Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77085

Greens at Brentford

16731 Beechnut St, Houston, Texas 77083

Green Oaks

1475 Gears Road, Houston, Texas 77067

Crosby Plaza Apartments

6616 FM 2100, Crosby, Texas 77532

The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Harris County, Texas
$18.45 (+254%) more than Texas minimum wage and $18.45 (+254%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve Harris County, 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.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Harris County, Texas.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Harris County, Texas.

Go to the Texas Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Harris County.

How many renters live in Harris County, Texas?

The County of Harris County has 4,780,913 people living in 1,779,980 households.

There are 1,945,491 renters living in 821,787 renter households in this County. Renters make up 40.69 percent of the population living in Harris County.

What is the rental market like in Harris County, Texas?

There are an estimated 1,917,718 housing units in the Harris County area. Of these, 896,757 units are rental homes, making up 47 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Harris County, Texas, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Harris County?

The rental vacancy rate in Harris County is 7 percent. This is a higher than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are high it means that there are a lot of available units and rents tend to be lower.

How many rental units are in Harris County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Harris County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
80,221 269,368 280,341 147,343 38,643
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Harris County

A large number of apartments in Harris County have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in Harris County are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 51 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 24 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in Harris County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $1,073 to $2,303. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $1,073
One BR $1,135
Two BR $1,357
Three BR $1,792
Four BR $2,303
2024 Fair Market Rents in Harris County, Texas

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Harris County?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 34,973 44 percent
One BR 139,666 52 percent
Two BR 145,778 52 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Harris County, Texas

How many affordable rental units are in Harris County?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Harris County, Texas including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 48,037
Public Housing 2,415
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 9,137
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 1,837
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 245
USDA Section 515 Rural Rental Housing 373
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Harris County, Texas

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Harris County, Texas

Harris County features 15,931 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 Harris County, Texas

There are 47,135 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Harris County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Harris County, Texas

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Harris County landlords $800 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Harris County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Harris County, Texas for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,221 and $1,493.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.