Affordable Housing In Houston
Harris County, Texas

277 Low Income Apartment Communities In Houston

Oak Arbor Townhomes

310 Berry Rd
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Yale Village Apts.

5673 Yale Street
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
1-5 BR
Subsidized

Avenue Station Apartments

2010 N Main St
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
Studio-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

City Parc at West Oaks Apartments

3443 Addicks Clodine Rd
Houston, TX
$964-1,115
2-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

City Parc II at West Oaks Apartments

3530 Green Crest Dr
Houston, TX
$963-1,117
2-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Golden Bamboo Village III

6628 Synott Road
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Villa Americana

5901 Selinsky Rd
Houston, TX
Income Based
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Quail Chase Apartments

500 W Airtex Blvd
Houston, TX
$811-1,115
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Catalon Apartment Homes

Queenston Blvd & Coventry Park Dr
Houston, TX
$355-925
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

New Hope Housing at Harrisburg

3315 Harrisburg Blvd
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
Studio 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.

Income Based Apartments in Houston, Texas

Houston features 12,713 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 Houston, Texas

There are 32,699 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Houston.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Houston, Texas

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Houston, Texas for a two-bedroom apartment is between $986 and $1,206.

2020 Houston, 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
Fair Market Rent $826 $908 $1,096 $1,485 $1,878
Payment Standard Range $743 to $909 $817 to $999 $986 to $1,206 $1,337 to $1,634 $1,690 to $2,066

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