Affordable Housing In South Houston
Harris County, Texas

2 Low Income Apartment Communities In South Houston

Windsor Gardens

1620 Spencer Hwy
South Houston, Texas
1-3 BR

Granada Terrace

1301 Avenue
South Houston, Texas
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Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in South Houston, 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.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving South Houston, Texas

Housing Authority Programs
Harris County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Harris County-Other Dhap Only Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in South Houston, Texas

There are 2 low income housing apartment communities offering 338 affordable apartments for rent in South Houston, Texas.

Income Based Apartments in South Houston, Texas

South Houston features 156 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 South Houston, Texas

There are 182 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in South Houston.

Housing Choice Vouchers in South Houston, Texas

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in South Houston, Texas for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,087 and $1,329.

2022 South Houston, 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
South Houston, Texas Fair Market Rent $944 $1,014 $1,208 $1,603 $2,058
South Houston, Texas Payment Standard Range $850 to $1,038 $913 to $1,115 $1,087 to $1,329 $1,443 to $1,763 $1,852 to $2,264

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

South Houston, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 2
Total Low Income Apartments 338
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 156
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 38.98%
Average Renter Household Size 3.84
Average Household Size 3.70
Median Household Income $41,309 ±$2,554
Median Rent $743 ±$33
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.44% ± 8.92pp
Total Population 17,430

Population and Household Demographics

South Houston is a city in Harris County, Texas with a population of 17,430. There are 4,707 households in the city with an average household size of 3.70 persons. 38.98% of households in South Houston are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in South Houston

The median gross income for households in South Houston is $41,309 a year, or $3,442 a month. The median rent for the city is $743 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In South Houston, a household making less than $2,477 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.44% of households who rent are overburdened in South Houston.

Area Median Income In South Houston

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 South Houston, the AMI is calculated from all households within Harris County.

In South Houston, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $90,100

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 South Houston

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 South Houston

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the South Houston AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$18,650 $21,300 $23,950 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the South Houston AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$31,050 $35,450 $39,900 $44,300 $47,850 $51,400 $54,950 $58,500
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the South Houston AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$49,600 $56,700 $63,800 $70,850 $76,550 $82,200 $87,900 $93,550