Affordable Housing In Houston
Harris County, Texas

277 Low Income Apartment Communities In Houston

Garden City Apartments

9601 W Montgomery Rd
Houston, TX
Income Based
1-5 BR
Subsidized

Lafayette Plaza Apartments

7320 Clarewood Dr
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Accepts Vouchers
55+

Park at North Vista

311 N Vista Dr
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Village at Palm Center

5110 Griggs Rd
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Cornerstone Gardens

14522 Cornerstone Village Dr
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Northline Apartment Homes

7211 Northline Dr
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Independence Heights Apartments

302 Crosstimbers
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Little Nell Apartments

8565 W Sam Houston Pkwy S
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Collingham Park Apartments

10800 Kipp Way
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Sagetree Terrace Apartments

15505 Bammel N Houston Rd
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
1 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Housing Authorities that serve Houston

Housing Authority Programs
Houston Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Harris County-Other Dhap Only Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Other Housing Authorities located in Houston

Housing Authority Programs
Harris County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Houston, Texas

There are 277 low income housing apartment communities offering 45,751 affordable apartments for rent in Houston, Texas. Houston features 12,713 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 32,699 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Houston.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Houston, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 277
Total Low Income Apartments 45,751
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 12,713
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 56.31%
Average Renter Household Size 2.53
Average Household Size 2.68
Median Household Income $46,187 ±$415
Median Rent $873 ±$5
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 47.25% ± 0.7pp
Total Population 2,217,706

Population and Household Demographics

Houston is a City in Harris County, Texas with a population of 2,217,706. There are 814,599 households in the city with an average household size of 2.68 persons. 56.31% of households in Houston are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Houston

The median gross income for households in Houston is $46,187 a year, or $3,849 a month. The median rent for the city is $873 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Houston, a household making less than $2,910 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 47.25% of households who rent are overburdened in Houston.1

Area Median Income In Houston

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 Houston, the AMI is calculated from all households within Harris County.

In Houston, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $76,300

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 Houston

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 Houston HUD Rental Assistance in Houston

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,050 $18,350 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $26,750 $30,550 $34,350 $38,150 $41,250 $44,300 $47,350 $50,400
80% of Median $42,750 $48,850 $54,950 $61,050 $65,950 $70,850 $75,750 $80,600
Fair Market Rents in Houston

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
$826 $908 $1,096 $1,485 $1,878