Affordable Housing In Mesquite
Dallas County, Texas

5 Low Income Apartment Communities In Mesquite

Mesquite Gardens

1413 Range Dr
Mesquite, TX
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Crescent Manor

1409 Range Dr
Mesquite, TX
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Evergreen at Mesquite

5651 Northwest Dr
Mesquite, TX
HCV Welcome

Mesquite Square

Houston St
Mesquite, TX
HCV Welcome

Mesquite Square Houston

1101 Houston Dr
Mesquite, TX
HCV Welcome
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Housing Authorities that serve Mesquite

Housing Authority Programs
Dallas County Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Homeownership Voucher; Family Self-sufficiency
Mesquite Housing Division Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Mesquite, Texas

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 5 low income housing apartment communities offering 347 affordable apartments for rent in Mesquite, Texas. Mesquite features 93 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 254 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Mesquite.

Mesquite, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 5
Total Low Income Apartments 347
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 93
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 42.01%
Average Renter Household Size 2.81
Average Household Size 2.99
Median Household Income $49,604 ±$1,767
Median Rent $962 ±$20
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 53.21% ± 3.69pp
Total Population 143,584

Population and Household Demographics

Mesquite is a City in Dallas County, Texas with a population of 143,584. There are 47,795 households in the city with an average household size of 2.99 persons. 42.01% of households in Mesquite are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Mesquite

The median gross income for households in Mesquite is $49,604 a year, or $4,134 a month. The median rent for the city is $962 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Mesquite, a household making less than $3,207 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 53.21% of households who rent are overburdened in Mesquite.1

Area Median Income In Mesquite

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 Mesquite, the AMI is calculated from all households within Dallas County.

In Mesquite, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $83,100

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 Mesquite

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 Mesquite HUD Rental Assistance in Mesquite

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $17,500 $20,000 $22,500 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $29,100 $33,250 $37,400 $41,550 $44,900 $48,200 $51,550 $54,850
80% of Median $46,550 $53,200 $59,850 $66,500 $71,850 $77,150 $82,500 $87,800
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Mesquite

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

From 1988 to 2004, 3 low income apartment communities containing 254 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Mesquite 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 Mesquite

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $29,100 $33,250 $37,400 $41,550 $44,900 $48,200 $51,550 $54,850
60% of Median $34,920 $39,900 $44,880 $49,860 $53,880 $57,840 $61,860 $65,820

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 Mesquite is $44,880 a year, or $3,740 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,740 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,122 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% $728 $779 $935 $1,081 $1,205 $1,330
60% $873 $935 $1,122 $1,297 $1,446 $1,596
Fair Market Rents in Mesquite

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
$957 $1,093 $1,314 $1,727 $2,262