Affordable Housing In West Columbia
Brazoria County, Texas

3 Low Income Apartment Communities In West Columbia

Brooks Manor

44 W Jefferson St
West Columbia, TX
Income Based
1 BR
62+
Subsidized

Oaks of West Columbia

225 S 13th St
West Columbia, TX
Subsidized

West Columbia Manor

1000 N 13th St
West Columbia, TX
Subsidized
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Housing Authorities that serve West Columbia

Housing Authority Programs
Brazoria County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in West Columbia, Texas

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 3 low income housing apartment communities offering 146 affordable apartments for rent in West Columbia, Texas. West Columbia features 146 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 0 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in West Columbia.

West Columbia, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 146
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 146
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 31.2%
Average Renter Household Size 2.60
Average Household Size 2.71
Median Household Income $41,905 ±$15,072
Median Rent $686 ±$309
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 30.8% ± 14.9pp
Total Population 3,919

Population and Household Demographics

West Columbia is a City in Brazoria County, Texas with a population of 3,919. There are 1,436 households in the city with an average household size of 2.71 persons. 31.2% of households in West Columbia are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in West Columbia

The median gross income for households in West Columbia is $41,905 a year, or $3,492 a month. The median rent for the city is $686 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In West Columbia, a household making less than $2,287 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 30.8% of households who rent are overburdened in West Columbia.1

Area Median Income In West Columbia

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 Columbia, the AMI is calculated from all households within Brazoria County.

In West Columbia, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $94,200

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 Columbia

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 West Columbia HUD Rental Assistance in West Columbia

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $19,800 $22,600 $25,450 $28,250 $30,550 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $33,000 $37,700 $42,400 $47,100 $50,900 $54,650 $58,450 $62,200
80% of Median $52,750 $60,300 $67,850 $75,350 $81,400 $87,450 $93,450 $99,500
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in West Columbia

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

From 1991 to 1991, 2 low income apartment communities containing 98 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in West Columbia 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 West Columbia

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $33,000 $37,700 $42,400 $47,100 $50,900 $54,650 $58,450 $62,200
60% of Median $39,600 $45,240 $50,880 $56,520 $61,080 $65,580 $70,140 $74,640

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 West Columbia is $50,880 a year, or $4,240 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,240 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,272 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% $825 $884 $1,060 $1,225 $1,366 $1,508
60% $990 $1,061 $1,272 $1,470 $1,640 $1,810
Fair Market Rents in West Columbia

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
$716 $925 $1,065 $1,433 $1,870