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Find Affordable Rental Housing in Austin with AHOST

CEO Khai Intela
Image source: Affordable Housing Online Search Tool Introduction Are you struggling to find affordable rental housing in Austin? Look no further! The Affordable Housing Online Search Tool (AHOST) is here to help. In this article,...

Affordable Housing Online Search Tool Image source: Affordable Housing Online Search Tool


Are you struggling to find affordable rental housing in Austin? Look no further! The Affordable Housing Online Search Tool (AHOST) is here to help. In this article, we will explore how AHOST can assist you in your search for income-restricted rental properties that match your needs and budget.

What is AHOST?

The Affordable Housing Online Search Tool (AHOST) is a comprehensive map and listing platform for income-restricted affordable rental housing in the City of Austin. Powered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, this user-friendly search tool allows you to find properties that align with your household income and size.

AHOST Map Image source: Affordable Housing Online Search Tool

Each property listed on AHOST provides detailed information to help you find the perfect rental home. From contact information and affordability levels to nearby schools and amenities, AHOST covers all the essential details. You can even explore the communities served and acceptance criteria of each property.

Please note that the AHOST database includes income-restricted rental units from various governmental agencies, including the Housing Authority of the City of Austin, Housing Authority of Travis County, City of Austin, and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

How to Use AHOST to Find Affordable Housing

Using AHOST to find affordable rental housing is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Follow these simple steps:

  1. Browse Properties: View property details and contact the property for current availability.
  2. Enter Household Income & Size: Enter your current yearly household income and the number of people residing in your household.
  3. Select Language: Choose your preferred language (currently available in English and Spanish).

Resources for Renters

The AHOST platform also provides valuable resources for renters. These resources include:

  • Language translation assistance
  • Childcare/school assistance for displaced families
  • Transitional homelessness housing
  • Help with landlord issues
  • Assistance with eviction or displacement
  • Guidance in seeking rental housing
  • Support for paying rent/utilities

If you are a renter in need, AHOST is here to support you every step of the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often is the AHOST listing of rental housing updated?

The AHOST listing of affordable rental housing is regularly updated. However, please note that due to the dynamic nature of the Austin housing market, the availability of units cannot be guaranteed at any given time. Affordable Housing non-profit partners and housing navigators contribute to updating the Affordable Housing Portal, which immediately reflects changes in the search tool. New properties under construction are also added quarterly.

Do I qualify for income-restricted rental housing?

The properties listed on AHOST are income-restricted, meaning that tenants must have a household income below 80 percent of the area median family income for the Austin area. However, some properties may have lower income limits. The Department of Housing and Urban Development determines which rental properties are available to you based on your yearly household income and household size.

Why doesn't this search tool show homes for sale?

While there are income-restricted homes for sale in Austin, they are rarely available at any given moment and are quickly sold once on the market. This makes it difficult to maintain accurate data on the AHOST regarding homes for sale. For information on City of Austin sponsored home-ownership opportunities, please visit Austin Homes for Sale.

What about affordable housing with waitlists?

The AHOST is a new tool that is constantly being improved. Currently, there is no waitlist functionality in the first version of AHOST. However, affordable rental properties listed on the platform will indicate whether a waitlist exists. Contact the property's website, phone number, or email address for more information on joining the waitlist.

Where does the list of properties on AHOST come from?

The list of properties on AHOST is derived from the Comprehensive Affordable Housing Directory, an online data tool that tracks and plans housing inventories and construction programs across the City of Austin. For more information on the Affordable Housing Listing and AHOST, reach out to the Housing and Planning Department at [email protected].

Don't let the daunting task of finding affordable rental housing in Austin overwhelm you. With AHOST, searching for income-restricted properties has never been easier. Start your journey towards a new home today!