Affordable Housing In Wharton
Wharton County, Texas

6 Low Income Apartment Communities In Wharton

Meadows Apartments

501 Willow Ln
Wharton, TX

Pecan Village (University Place Apartments)

310 University St
Wharton, TX

Morning Star Apartments

1520 Barfield Rd
Wharton, TX
Elderly Supportive Housing

M536268, 1720 Red River

1821 Red River Ave
Wharton, TX
HCV Welcome

Wharton Square

1510 Barfield Rd
Wharton, TX

Fountainhead Wharton Apartments

526 Wilkes St
Wharton, TX
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Housing Authorities that serve Wharton

Housing Authority Programs
Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Wharton, Texas

There are 6 low income housing apartment communities offering 305 affordable apartments for rent in Wharton, Texas. Wharton features 260 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 45 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Wharton.

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Wharton, TX Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 6
Total Low Income Apartments 305
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 260
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 55.24%
Average Renter Household Size 2.57
Average Household Size 2.60
Median Household Income $29,797 ±$8,643
Median Rent $654 ±$31
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 42.15% ± 7.17pp
Total Population 8,733

Population and Household Demographics

Wharton is a City in Wharton County, Texas with a population of 8,733. There are 3,264 households in the city with an average household size of 2.60 persons. 55.24% of households in Wharton are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Wharton

The median gross income for households in Wharton is $29,797 a year, or $2,483 a month. The median rent for the city is $654 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Wharton, a household making less than $2,180 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 42.15% of households who rent are overburdened in Wharton.1

Area Median Income In Wharton

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 Wharton, the AMI is calculated from all households within Wharton County.

In Wharton, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $58,500

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 Wharton

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 Wharton HUD Rental Assistance in Wharton

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $12,490 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,050 $36,400 $38,750
50% of Median $20,550 $23,500 $26,450 $29,350 $31,700 $34,050 $36,400 $38,750
80% of Median $32,900 $37,600 $42,300 $46,950 $50,750 $54,500 $58,250 $62,000
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Wharton

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

From 1989 to 2006, 2 low income apartment communities containing 146 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Wharton 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 Wharton

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $20,550 $23,500 $26,450 $29,350 $31,700 $34,050 $36,400 $38,750
60% of Median $24,660 $28,200 $31,740 $35,220 $38,040 $40,860 $43,680 $46,500

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 Wharton is $31,740 a year, or $2,645 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,645 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $794 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% $514 $551 $661 $763 $851 $939
60% $617 $661 $794 $916 $1,022 $1,127
Fair Market Rents in Wharton

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
$612 $614 $717 $933 $1,259