San Marcos, Texas Affordable Housing

San Marcos city limits extend into  and  Hays County.

Affordable Housing programs support 403 income based apartments in San Marcos where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 2,340 affordable apartments in San Marcos that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in San Marcos, Texas

There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in San Marcos. Go to the Texas Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near San Marcos.

Mission Trail at El Camino Real

3085 Highway 123
San Marcos, Texas
$950-1,600
1-4 BR
Affordable

Redwood

1900 Redwood Rd.
San Marcos, Texas
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Affordable

The Reserve at San Marcos

4210 N. Hwy 123
San Marcos, Texas
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Affordable

Champions Crossings

345 Champion Blvd
San Marcos, Texas
$1,045-1,259
2-4 BR
Affordable

Riverview Apartments

601 River Road
San Marcos, Texas
Call For Rent
2 BR
Rent Assisted

La Vista Apartments

1615 Redwood Rd
San Marcos, Texas
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+

Springtown Villa

503 Springtown Way
San Marcos, Texas
Rent Assisted

San Marcos Seniors Community II, Lp

500 Parker Dr
San Marcos, Texas
Affordable

M539119, Wonder World Drive

1350 Wonder World Dr
San Marcos, Texas
Affordable

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Vacant Lot By Hwy 123 Broadway
San Marcos, Texas
Affordable
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Affordable Housing Near San Marcos

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City Apartments
Lockhart, TX Affordable Housing programs support 13 apartment communities in Lockhart.
Luling, TX Affordable Housing programs support 4 apartment communities in Luling.
Martindale, TX Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Martindale.

Public Housing Agencies Serving San Marcos, Texas

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Waiting lists for project-based assistance, like the Public Housing program, are open:

Housing Authority Programs
San Marcos Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-Sufficiency; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV)
Go to the Texas Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near San Marcos.

San Marcos, Texas Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in San Marcos, Texas

San Marcos features 403 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 San Marcos, Texas

There are 2,340 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in San Marcos.

Housing Choice Vouchers in San Marcos, Texas

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay San Marcos landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in San Marcos.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in San Marcos, Texas for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,463 and $1,789.

2023 San Marcos, 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
San Marcos, Texas Fair Market Rent $1,253 $1,386 $1,626 $2,088 $2,416
San Marcos, Texas Payment Standard Range $1,128 to $1,378 $1,247 to $1,525 $1,463 to $1,789 $1,879 to $2,297 $2,174 to $2,658

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

San Marcos, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 16
Total Low Income Apartments 2,943
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 403
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 72.44%
Average Renter Household Size 2.35
Average Household Size 2.41
Median Household Income $28,923 ±$2,511
Median Rent $939 ±$19
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 67.47% ± 4.3pp
Total Population 54,712

Population and Household Demographics

San Marcos is a city in Caldwell County, Texas with a population of 54,712. There are 20,155 households in the city with an average household size of 2.41 persons. 72.44% of households in San Marcos are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in San Marcos

The median gross income for households in San Marcos is $28,923 a year, or $2,410 a month. The median rent for the city is $939 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In San Marcos, a household making less than $3,130 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 67.47% of households who rent are overburdened in San Marcos.

Area Median Income In San Marcos

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 Marcos, the AMI is calculated from all households within Caldwell County.

In San Marcos, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $110,300

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 Marcos

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 San Marcos

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the San Marcos AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$23,200 $26,500 $29,800 $33,100 $35,750 $38,400 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the San Marcos AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$38,650 $44,150 $49,650 $55,150 $59,600 $64,000 $68,400 $72,800
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the San Marcos AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$61,800 $70,600 $79,450 $88,250 $95,350 $102,400 $109,450 $116,500