Affordable Housing In Refugio County

3 Low Income Apartment Communities In Refugio County

Refugio Apartments

405 Osage St
Refugio, TX

Refugio Elderly Housing

602 W Commons St
Refugio, TX

Mission Oaks

411 Swift St
Refugio, TX
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There are 3 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 164 affordable apartments for rent in Refugio County. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 132 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Refugio County, HUD housing programs support 96 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 32 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Guide To Affordable Housing in Refugio County, Texas

Refugio County, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 164
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 132
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 26.08%
Average Renter Household Size 2.41
Total Population 7,277
Housing Units 2,753
Average Household Size 2.59
Median Household Income $44,240 ±$4,317
Median Rent $645 ±$72
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 34.54% ± 10.6pp

Population and Household Demographics

Refugio County is a County in Texas with a population of 7,277. There are 2,753 households in the county with an average household size of 2.59 persons. 26.08% of households in Refugio County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Refugio County

The median gross income for households in Refugio County is $44,240 a year, or $3,687 a month. The median rent for the county is $645 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Refugio County, a household making less than $2,150 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 34.54% of households who rent are overburdened in Refugio County.1

Area Median Income In Refugio County

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.

In Refugio County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $60,600

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 Refugio County

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 Refugio County HUD Rental Assistance in Refugio County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $12,750 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $37,600 $40,000
50% of Median $21,250 $24,250 $27,300 $30,300 $32,750 $35,150 $37,600 $40,000
80% of Median $33,950 $38,800 $43,650 $48,500 $52,400 $56,300 $60,150 $64,050
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Refugio County

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

From 1987 to 2003, 3 low income apartment communities containing 116 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Refugio County 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 Refugio County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $21,250 $24,250 $27,300 $30,300 $32,750 $35,150 $37,600 $40,000
60% of Median $25,500 $29,100 $32,760 $36,360 $39,300 $42,180 $45,120 $48,000

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 Refugio County is $32,760 a year, or $2,730 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,730 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $819 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% $531 $569 $683 $788 $879 $970
60% $638 $683 $819 $946 $1,055 $1,164
Fair Market Rents in Refugio County

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
$564 $656 $751 $941 $1,157

Cities In Refugio County

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City Listings Served By
Refugio 3
Austwell 0
Bayside 0
Tivoli 0
Woodsboro 0