If you are looking for an affordable apartment in Austin, the following sites may help:
City of Austin Affordable Housing Listing is a comprehensive database that includes affordable, income-restricted housing units in Austin that were either funded by the City of Austin or created through development incentives or agreements with the City. The database does not provide real-time vacancy information, but you can look through the listings to see which developments may have affordable units and contact the property managers directly to find out about availability and whether you are income-eligible.
Go Section8 is a free, searchable, and online affordable rental listing service available to households with or without a Housing Choice (Section 8) Voucher, which allows eligible households to use a voucher to help pay for their housing.
Austin 2-1-1 is a free, anonymous, social service hotline available 24 hours a day by phone or online at www.211texas.org/. No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1, or (877) 541-7905, and find information about local resources for food or housing, child care, crisis counseling, or substance abuse treatment.
Texas Housing Counselor (under revision) This site is another web-based searchable application that identifies potential affordable housing opportunities in any city in Texas based on your needs. It is maintained by Texas Housers, an organization to support low-income Texans to achieve decent, affordable, housing in quality neighborhoods.
Housing Authority of City of Austin (HACA) administers a Housing Choice Voucher list, as well as 18 other opportunities for Project-Based Rental Assistance programs, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit housing units, and several public housing properties. For more information about HACA-supported housing properties, visit the Housing Authority of the City of Austin or call 512-477-4488.
Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program assists low-income families to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency by providing rental subsidies and case management support services. The program serves families with incomes at, or below, 50% of the Median Family Income. For more information on the TBRA program, contact the Housing Authority of the City of Austin at 512-477-1314.
Guide to Affordable Housing in the Greater Austin Area This annual publication, maintained by the Austin Tenant's Council is available online, and in printable formats, to assist persons searching for reasonably priced rental housing in the Austin area.
Aunt Bertha is a free, anonymous website that matches people with social service programs they may qualify for, including services that provide food, housing, transit, health/medical, education, and legal help. Once you have identified programs that might fit your needs through the website, be sure to contact the programs directly to find out if you qualify.
Housing Income and Rent Limits Rental housing made available through City of Austin funding or incentives are generally targeted to households earning less than 50% of the Median Family Income (MFI) for the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area. Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) releases an updated Annual MFI Chart showing the MFI for different household sizes. The City of Austin relies upon this annual update to establish the income limits permitted for all RHDA assisted properties.
Haven Connect allows low-income applicants to apply online to open affordable housing waitlists directly. Applicants are notified every year to update their information across all Haven Connect applications and are also notified when they are at the top of the waitlist.