Affordable Housing In San Antonio
Bexar County, Texas

196 Low Income Apartment Communities In San Antonio

Kenwood North

121 Avenue M
San Antonio, TX

Highview Apartments

1351 Rigsby Ave
San Antonio, TX

Lilia Cockrell Apartments

3500 Pleasanton Rd
San Antonio, TX

Christ the King

4502 W Martin St
San Antonio, TX

W. C. White Apartments

618 N Hackberry
San Antonio, TX

Alazán-Apache Courts

1011 S. Brazos
San Antonio, TX

Wheatley Olive Park Village East

1015 N. Olive
San Antonio, TX

Villa Veramendi

615 Barclay
San Antonio, TX

Mission Park

5825 Analissa
San Antonio, TX

Riverside Apartments

515 Riverside Dr
San Antonio, TX

Housing Authorities that serve San Antonio

Housing Authority Programs
San Antonio Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moving to Work
Housing Authority of Bexar County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Other Housing Authorities located in San Antonio

Housing Authority Programs
Alamo Area Council of Governments Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in San Antonio, Texas

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 196 low income housing apartment communities offering 24,491 affordable apartments for rent in San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio features 11,613 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 12,598 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in San Antonio.

San Antonio, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 196
Total Low Income Apartments 24,491
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 11,613
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 45.62%
Average Renter Household Size 2.62
Average Household Size 2.85
Median Household Income $46,744 ±$551
Median Rent $856 ±$6
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.37% ± 0.95pp
Total Population 1,413,881

Population and Household Demographics

San Antonio is a City in Bexar County, Texas with a population of 1,413,881. There are 488,645 households in the city with an average household size of 2.85 persons. 45.62% of households in San Antonio are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in San Antonio

The median gross income for households in San Antonio is $46,744 a year, or $3,895 a month. The median rent for the city is $856 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In San Antonio, a household making less than $2,853 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46.37% of households who rent are overburdened in San Antonio.1

Area Median Income In San Antonio

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 San Antonio, the AMI is calculated from all households within Bexar County.

In San Antonio, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $71,000

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 San Antonio

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 San Antonio HUD Rental Assistance in San Antonio

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,950 $17,050 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $24,850 $28,400 $31,950 $35,500 $38,350 $41,200 $44,050 $46,900
80% of Median $39,800 $45,450 $51,150 $56,800 $61,350 $65,900 $70,450 $75,000
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in San Antonio

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

From 1987 to 2010, 73 low income apartment communities containing 10,906 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in San Antonio 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 San Antonio

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $24,850 $28,400 $31,950 $35,500 $38,350 $41,200 $44,050 $46,900
60% of Median $29,820 $34,080 $38,340 $42,600 $46,020 $49,440 $52,860 $56,280

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 San Antonio is $38,340 a year, or $3,195 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,195 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $959 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% $621 $666 $799 $923 $1,030 $1,137
60% $746 $799 $959 $1,108 $1,236 $1,364
Fair Market Rents in San Antonio

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
$702 $851 $1,051 $1,372 $1,691