Affordable Housing In Port Arthur
Jefferson County Texas


Waiting List Openings In Port Arthur

Waiting ListStatus
Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur Housing Choice Voucher Open Soon

20 Low Income Apartment Communities In Port Arthur

O.W. Collins Apartments

4440 Gulfway Dr
Port Arthur, TX
Income Based
Studio-2 BR
Subsidized

Pebble Creek Apartments

4261 Jimmy Johnson Blvd
Port Arthur, TX
Income Based
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Southwood Crossing Apartments

3901 Hwy 73
Port Arthur, TX
Income Based
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Crystal Creek Park Apartments

3101 Honeywood Trail
Port Arthur, TX
Income Based
Studio-2 BR

Cedar Ridge Apartments

7601 9th Ave
Port Arthur, TX
Income Based
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Edison Square

3501 12th St
Port Arthur, TX
Income Based
1-2 BR
62+

Heatherbrook Apartments

7900 Heatherbrook Trl
Port Arthur, TX
62+
Accessible
Subsidized

Park Central

8580 Park Central Blvd
Port Arthur, TX
Income Based
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

The Willows

7924 Willowood Ln
Port Arthur, TX
Subsidized

Prince Hall Village

934 W 14th St
Port Arthur, TX
Subsidized

There are 20 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 2,897 affordable apartments for rent in Port Arthur. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 1,993 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Port Arthur, HUD housing programs support 1,777 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 904 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Port Arthur

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Port Arthur, Texas

Port Arthur, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 20
Total Low Income Apartments 2,897
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 1,993
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 41.25%
Average Renter Household Size 2.38
Total Population 54,864
Housing Units 19,806
Average Household Size 2.73
Median Household Income $32,863 ±$1,754
Median Rent $704 ±$20
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 45.76% ± 4.07pp

Population and Household Demographics

Port Arthur is a City in Jefferson County, Texas with a population of 54,864. There are 19,806 households in the city with an average household size of 2.73 persons. 41.25% of households in Port Arthur are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Port Arthur

The median gross income for households in Port Arthur is $32,863 a year, or $2,739 a month. The median rent for the city is $704 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Port Arthur, a household making less than $2,347 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 45.76% of households who rent are overburdened in Port Arthur.1

Area Median Income In Port Arthur

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 Port Arthur, the AMI is calculated from all households within Jefferson County.

In Port Arthur, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $65,200

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 Port Arthur

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 Port Arthur HUD Rental Assistance in Port Arthur

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $13,700 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,050
50% of Median $22,850 $26,100 $29,350 $32,600 $35,250 $37,850 $40,450 $43,050
80% of Median $36,550 $41,750 $46,950 $52,150 $56,350 $60,500 $64,700 $68,850
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Port Arthur

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

From 2003 to 2007, 10 low income apartment communities containing 1,742 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Port Arthur 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 Port Arthur

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
60% of Median $27,420 $31,320 $35,220 $39,120 $42,300 $45,420 $48,540 $51,660

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 Port Arthur is $35,220 a year, or $2,935 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,935 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $881 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% $571 $612 $734 $848 $946 $1,044
60% $686 $734 $881 $1,018 $1,136 $1,253
Fair Market Rents in Port Arthur

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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$647 $745 $920 $1,187 $1,310