Affordable Housing In Houston
Harris County, Texas

263 Low Income Apartment Communities In Houston

The Brittmoore

6725 Brittmoore Rd
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Willow Glen Homes

3230 Boynton Drive
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
4 BR
HCV Welcome

Ahepa 29 Phase I, II, III

13830 Canyon Hill
Houston, TX
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Avenue Terraces

4004 Irvington Blvd
Houston, TX
HCV Welcome

Long Drive Townhomes

6767 Long Dr
Houston, TX
Subsidized

Bellerive Apartments

7225 Bellerive Dr
Houston, TX
62+

Ewing Apartments

1815 Ewing
Houston, TX

Peninsula Park

4855 West Fuqua Street
Houston, TX
HCV Welcome

Mansions at Turkey Creek

20919 Birnamwood Blvd
Houston, TX

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

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 263 low income housing apartment communities offering 43,338 affordable apartments for rent in Houston, Texas. Houston features 12,909 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 30,090 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Houston.

Houston, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 263
Total Low Income Apartments 43,338
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 12,909
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
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Houston

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

From 1988 to 2010, 131 low income apartment communities containing 28,967 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Houston 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 Houston

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $26,750 $30,550 $34,350 $38,150 $41,250 $44,300 $47,350 $50,400
60% of Median $32,100 $36,660 $41,220 $45,780 $49,500 $53,160 $56,820 $60,480

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 Houston is $41,220 a year, or $3,435 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,435 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,031 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% $669 $716 $859 $993 $1,108 $1,222
60% $803 $860 $1,031 $1,191 $1,329 $1,466
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