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Affordable Housing In West
McLennan County, Texas

4 Low Income Apartment Communities In West

Golden Trails

Golden Trails
West, Texas
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Country Place Retirement

W Tokio Rd
West, Texas

Cherrywood Apartments

701 Tokio Rd
West, Texas

West Apts

625 West Tokio Road
West, Texas
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Housing Authorities that serve West

Housing Authority Programs
Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Waco Housing Authority and Affiliates Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)

Guide To Affordable Housing in West, Texas

There are 4 low income housing apartment communities offering 141 affordable apartments for rent in West, Texas.

Income Based Apartments in West, Texas

West features 76 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 West, Texas

There are 65 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in West.

Housing Choice Vouchers in West, Texas

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay West landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in West.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in West, Texas for a two-bedroom apartment is between $841 and $1,027.

2021 West, 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
West, Texas Fair Market Rent $686 $721 $934 $1,252 $1,398
West, Texas Payment Standard Range $617 to $755 $649 to $793 $841 to $1,027 $1,127 to $1,377 $1,258 to $1,538

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

West, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 4
Total Low Income Apartments 141
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 76
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 35.91%
Average Renter Household Size 2.34
Average Household Size 2.41
Median Household Income $37,083 ±$7,275
Median Rent $666 ±$98
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 33.83% ± 11.79pp
Total Population 2,802

Population and Household Demographics

West is a city in McLennan County, Texas with a population of 2,802. There are 1,111 households in the city with an average household size of 2.41 persons. 35.91% of households in West are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in West

The median gross income for households in West is $37,083 a year, or $3,090 a month. The median rent for the city is $666 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In West, a household making less than $2,220 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 33.83% of households who rent are overburdened in West.

Area Median Income In West

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 West, the AMI is calculated from all households within McLennan County.

In West, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $61,900

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 West

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 West

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the West AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$13,150 $17,420 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $38,750 $41,250
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the West AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$21,900 $25,000 $28,150 $31,250 $33,750 $36,250 $38,750 $41,250
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the West AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$35,000 $40,000 $45,000 $50,000 $54,000 $58,000 $62,000 $66,000