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

Discover affordable housing in Nelson County where there are 2+ 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.

Lovingston Ridge Apartments

9-A Ridge Drive, Lovingston, Virginia 22949

Ryan School Apartments

105 Ryan Cir, Shipman, Virginia 22971

How To Identify Affordable Housing in Nelson 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 Nelson County, Virginia
$19.78 (+165%) more than Virginia minimum wage and $24.53 (+338%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve Nelson 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 Nelson County, Virginia.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Nelson County, Virginia.

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

How many renters live in Nelson County, Virginia?

The County of Nelson County has 14,773 people living in 6,132 households.

There are 2,894 renters living in 1,285 renter households in this County. Renters make up 19.59 percent of the population living in Nelson County.

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

There are an estimated 9,919 housing units in the Nelson County area. Of these, 1,410 units are rental homes, making up 14 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Nelson County, Virginia, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Nelson County?

The rental vacancy rate in Nelson County is 8 percent. This is a higher than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are high it means that there are a lot of available units and rents tend to be lower.

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

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Nelson County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
11 244 356 430 147
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Nelson County

A large number of apartments in Nelson 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 Nelson County are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 29 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 14 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 Nelson County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $1,392 to $2,608. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $1,392
One BR $1,415
Two BR $1,678
Three BR $2,114
Four BR $2,608
2024 Fair Market Rents in Nelson County, Virginia

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Nelson 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 11 100 percent
One BR 214 88 percent
Two BR 314 88 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Nelson County, Virginia

How many affordable rental units are in Nelson County?

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

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 95
USDA Section 515 Rural Rental Housing 96
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Nelson County, Virginia

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

Income Based Apartments in Nelson County, Virginia

Nelson County features 96 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 Nelson County, Virginia

There are 0 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Nelson County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Nelson County, Virginia

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Nelson County, Virginia for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,510 and $1,846.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.