Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Amherst County, VA

Discover affordable housing in Amherst County where there are 6+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

Phelps Road Place Apartments

190 Phelps Road, Madison Heights, Virginia 24572

bed 1-3

Amherst Village

119 Newington Drive, Amherst, Virginia 24521

bed 1-2
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
payment Subsidized
elderly Senior
accessibility Accessible

Rutledge Hills Apartments

122 Dulwich Dr , Amherst, Virginia 24521

bed 1-3
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
payment Subsidized
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
elderly Senior
payment Income Based
accessibility Accessible

Willow Branch Apartments

113 Branch Dr, Madison Heights, Virginia 24572

bed 1-2

Amherst Group Home

44 Whipoorwil Ct, Madison Heights, Virginia 24572

364 Tanglewood Dr

364 Tanglewood Dr, Madison Heights, Virginia 24572

bed 2
payment $900/mo.

How To Identify Affordable Housing in Amherst County, Virginia

Look for program and preference badges on affordable apartment listings. These badges can help you identify the types of low income housing each apartment offers and if you may be eligbile for rental assistance or reduced rents.

Badge Description
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
Low income apartments with no or short waiting lists.
payment Subsidized
Low income housing where the rent is subsidized and the renter pays only a portion of total rent.
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
Apartments that accept Section 8 vouchers near you
elderly Senior
Rental housing for seniors who are 55 (or sometimes 62) and older.
payment Income Based
Affordable apartments where the rent paid is based on renter income.
accessibility Accessible
Meets Accessibilty Requirements of the Fair Housing Act, the ADA, or HUD policy.
accessible_forward Disability
Apartments for individuals or families with disabilities.
The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Amherst County, Virginia
$20.70/hour
$8.70 (+73%) more than Virginia minimum wage and $13.45 (+186%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve Amherst County, Virginia?

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.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Amherst County, Virginia.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Amherst County, Virginia.

Go to the Virginia Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Amherst County.

How many renters live in Amherst County, Virginia?

The County of Amherst County has 31,426 people living in 12,615 households.

There are 7,170 renters living in 3,065 renter households in this County. Renters make up 22.82 percent of the population living in Amherst County.

What is the rental market like in Amherst County, Virginia?

There are an estimated 14,244 housing units in the Amherst County area. Of these, 3,112 units are rental homes, making up 22 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Amherst County, Virginia, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Amherst County?

The rental vacancy rate in Amherst County is 2 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

How many rental units are in Amherst County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Amherst County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
78 429 1,059 1,007 349
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Amherst County

A large number of apartments in Amherst County have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in Amherst County are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 37 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 19 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in Amherst County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $948 to $1,627. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $948
One BR $966
Two BR $1,093
Three BR $1,494
Four BR $1,627
2024 Fair Market Rents in Amherst County, Virginia

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Amherst County?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 78 100 percent
One BR 404 94 percent
Two BR 786 74 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Amherst County, Virginia

How many affordable rental units are in Amherst County?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Amherst County, Virginia including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 186
USDA Section 515 Rural Rental Housing 144
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Amherst County, Virginia

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Amherst County, Virginia

Amherst County features 154 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 County, Virginia

There are 22 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Amherst County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Amherst County, Virginia

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Amherst County landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Amherst County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Amherst County, Virginia for a two-bedroom apartment is between $984 and $1,202.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.