Affordable Housing In Essex County

3 Low Income Apartment Communities In Essex County

Rappahannock Apartments

941 Winston Rd
Tappahannock, Virginia
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1-2 BR

Tappahannock Greens

990 Winston Rd
Tappahannock, Virginia


695 Foxchase Dr
Tappahannock, Virginia
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Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Essex 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.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Essex County, Virginia

Housing Authority Programs
Virginia Housing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Bay Aging Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Essex County, Virginia

There are 3 low income housing apartment communities offering 170 affordable apartments for rent in Essex County, Virginia.

Income Based Apartments in Essex County, Virginia

Essex County features 80 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 Essex County, Virginia

There are 90 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Essex County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Essex County, Virginia

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Essex County, Virginia for a two-bedroom apartment is between $783 and $957.

2022 Essex County, 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
Essex County, Virginia Fair Market Rent $594 $685 $870 $1,075 $1,287
Essex County, Virginia Payment Standard Range $535 to $653 $617 to $754 $783 to $957 $968 to $1,183 $1,158 to $1,416

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Essex County, VA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 170
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 80
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 26.39%
Average Renter Household Size 2.40
Average Household Size 2.53
Median Household Income $42,760 ±$5,157
Median Rent $834 ±$25
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 45.76% ± 10.65pp
Total Population 11,151

Population and Household Demographics

Essex County is a county in Virginia with a population of 11,151. There are 4,332 households in the county with an average household size of 2.53 persons. 26.39% of households in Essex County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Essex County

The median gross income for households in Essex County is $42,760 a year, or $3,563 a month. The median rent for the county is $834 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Essex County, a household making less than $2,780 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 45.76% of households who rent are overburdened in Essex County.

Area Median Income In Essex County

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.

In Essex County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $60,500

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 Essex County

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 Essex County

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Essex County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$12,880 $17,420 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,100 $37,550 $39,950
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Essex County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$21,200 $24,200 $27,250 $30,250 $32,700 $35,100 $37,550 $39,950
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Essex County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$33,900 $38,750 $43,600 $48,400 $52,300 $56,150 $60,050 $63,900

Cities In Essex County

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City Served By
Tappahannock The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Tappahannock are the Virginia Housing and Bay Aging.