Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Shelby County, TX

Discover affordable housing in Shelby County where there are 9+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

Timpson Seniors Apartments

329 Marcus St, Timpson, Texas 75975

Joaquin Housing

11326 US Highway 84 E, Joaquin, Texas 75954

Paradise Villa

1281 Sunset Cir, Center, Texas 75935

Center Place Apartments 2

705 Clifford St, Center, Texas 75935

Barak Apartments

285 S Center St, Tenaha, Texas 75974

Union Acres

818 Cotton Ford Rd, Center, Texas 75935

Arcadia Village

673 Arcadia Rd, Center, Texas 75935

Hickory Street Apartments

County Rd 3645, Joaquin, Texas 75974

W Side Villa and Happy Hollow

128 N 3rd St, Timpson, Texas 75975

The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Shelby County, Texas
$9.89 (+136%) more than Texas minimum wage and $9.89 (+136%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve Shelby County, 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.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-Sufficiency programs for Shelby County, Texas.

Go to the Texas Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Shelby County.

How many renters live in Shelby County, Texas?

The County of Shelby County has 24,157 people living in 8,988 households.

There are 6,997 renters living in 2,232 renter households in this County. Renters make up 28.96 percent of the population living in Shelby County.

What is the rental market like in Shelby County, Texas?

There are an estimated 11,500 housing units in the Shelby County area. Of these, 2,381 units are rental homes, making up 21 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Shelby County, Texas, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Shelby County?

The rental vacancy rate in Shelby County is 4 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

How many rental units are in Shelby County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Shelby County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
5 279 942 896 109
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Shelby County

A large number of apartments in Shelby County have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in Shelby County are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 28 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 13 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in Shelby County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $705 to $1,373. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $705
One BR $806
Two BR $905
Three BR $1,275
Four BR $1,373
2024 Fair Market Rents in Shelby County, Texas

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Shelby County?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 5 100 percent
One BR 190 68 percent
Two BR 694 74 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Shelby County, Texas

How many affordable rental units are in Shelby County?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Shelby County, Texas including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 218
Public Housing 156
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 123
USDA Section 515 Rural Rental Housing 132
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Shelby County, Texas

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Shelby County, Texas

Shelby County features 352 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 Shelby County, Texas

There are 26 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Shelby County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Shelby County, Texas

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Shelby County landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Shelby County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Shelby County, Texas for a two-bedroom apartment is between $815 and $996.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.