Affordable Housing In Amherst
Amherst County, Virginia

2 Low Income Apartment Communities In Amherst

Amherst Village

119 Newington Drive
Amherst, Virginia
Call For Rent
1 BR

Rutledge Hills Apartments

122 Dulwich Dr
Amherst, Virginia
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
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Housing Authorities that serve Amherst

Housing Authority Programs
Nelson County Community Development Foundation Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Virginia Housing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Amherst, Virginia

There are 2 low income housing apartment communities offering 96 affordable apartments for rent in Amherst, Virginia.

Income Based Apartments in Amherst, Virginia

Amherst features 48 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 Amherst, Virginia

There are 48 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Amherst.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Amherst, Virginia

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Amherst landlords $0 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $0 towards rent in Amherst.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Amherst, Virginia for a two-bedroom apartment is between $706 and $862.

2021 Amherst, Virginia 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
Amherst, Virginia Fair Market Rent $633 $660 $784 $1,053 $1,241
Amherst, Virginia Payment Standard Range $570 to $696 $594 to $726 $706 to $862 $948 to $1,158 $1,117 to $1,365

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Amherst, VA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 2
Total Low Income Apartments 96
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 48
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 32.27%
Average Renter Household Size 2.02
Average Household Size 2.45
Median Household Income $49,960 ±$7,433
Median Rent $616 ±$99
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 28.98% ± 13.06pp
Total Population 2,323

Population and Household Demographics

Amherst is a city in Amherst County, Virginia with a population of 2,323. There are 877 households in the city with an average household size of 2.45 persons. 32.27% of households in Amherst are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Amherst

The median gross income for households in Amherst is $49,960 a year, or $4,163 a month. The median rent for the city is $616 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Amherst, a household making less than $2,053 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 28.98% of households who rent are overburdened in Amherst.

Area Median Income In Amherst

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

In Amherst, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $73,700

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 Amherst

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 Amherst

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Amherst AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$15,500 $17,700 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Amherst AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$25,800 $29,500 $33,200 $36,850 $39,800 $42,750 $45,700 $48,650
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Amherst AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$41,300 $47,200 $53,100 $58,950 $63,700 $68,400 $73,100 $77,850