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Affordable Housing In Port Isabel
Cameron County, Texas

4 Low Income Apartment Communities In Port Isabel

Villa Madre Apartments

200 N Railroad Ave
Port Isabel, Texas

Artisan at Port Isabel

100 Hockaday Dr
Port Isabel, Texas
Accepts Vouchers

Beacon Bay Townhomes

306 Beacon Bay Dr
Port Isabel, Texas
Accepts Vouchers

Villa Del Mar

364 Bahia Dr
Port Isabel, Texas
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Housing Authorities that serve Port Isabel

Housing Authority Programs
Port Isabel Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Cameron County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Port Isabel, Texas

There are 4 low income housing apartment communities offering 323 affordable apartments for rent in Port Isabel, Texas.

Income Based Apartments in Port Isabel, Texas

Port Isabel features 130 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 Port Isabel, Texas

There are 193 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Port Isabel.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Port Isabel, Texas

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Port Isabel landlords $400 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Port Isabel.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Port Isabel, Texas for a two-bedroom apartment is between $684 and $836.

2020 Port Isabel, 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 $592 $596 $760 $1,011 $1,163
Payment Standard Range $533 to $651 $536 to $656 $684 to $836 $910 to $1,112 $1,047 to $1,279

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Port Isabel, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 4
Total Low Income Apartments 323
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 130
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 39.1%
Average Renter Household Size 2.84
Average Household Size 2.76
Median Household Income $31,765 ±$4,713
Median Rent $587 ±$99
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 45.24% ± 13.36pp
Total Population 5,033

Population and Household Demographics

Port Isabel is a city in Cameron County, Texas with a population of 5,033. There are 1,826 households in the city with an average household size of 2.76 persons. 39.1% of households in Port Isabel are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Port Isabel

The median gross income for households in Port Isabel is $31,765 a year, or $2,647 a month. The median rent for the city is $587 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Port Isabel, a household making less than $1,957 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 45.24% of households who rent are overburdened in Port Isabel.

Area Median Income In Port Isabel

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 Isabel, the AMI is calculated from all households within Cameron County.

In Port Isabel, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $47,800

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 Isabel

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 HUD Rental Assistance in Port Isabel

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $12,760 $17,240 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $34,200 $36,550 $38,900
50% of Median $20,650 $23,600 $26,550 $29,450 $31,850 $34,200 $36,550 $38,900
80% of Median $33,000 $37,700 $42,400 $47,100 $50,900 $54,650 $58,450 $62,200