Affordable Housing In Houston
Harris County, Texas

272 Low Income Apartment Communities In Houston

West Oaks Village

15059 Caseta Dr
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+
HCV Welcome

Cullen Park Apartments

4700 Wenda St
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
2 BR
HCV Welcome

Altura Heights

4911 W Airport Boulevard
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Cypress Creek at Reed Road

2910 Reed Rd
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
HCV Welcome

The Pointe at Crestmont

5602 Selinsky Rd
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Village at Piney Point

2601 Lazy Hollow Dr
Houston, TX
$729-1,135
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Pleasant Hill Senior Apartments

3814 Lyons Ave
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
HCV Welcome

Greens at Brentford

16731 Beechnut St
Houston, TX
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Victory Apartments

1520 Bailey St
Houston, TX
HCV Welcome

Fenix Estates

Hussion St & Winchester St
Houston, TX
$365-771
Studio-1 BR
HCV Welcome
Homeless Supportive Housing
Veterans Welcome

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 272 low income housing apartment communities offering 44,552 affordable apartments for rent in Houston, Texas. Houston features 12,965 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 31,248 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 272
Total Low Income Apartments 44,552
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 12,965
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