Affordable Housing

Income Levels
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines “affordable housing” as housing that costs no more than 30% of a household’s monthly gross income, including utilities. When families or individuals spend more than 30% of their income on housing they may not be able to meet other basic needs such as food, clothing and medical insurance.

The 2012 area median income for a household of four in Transylvania County is $56,200. HUD’s definition of income levels can be seen in the table below. HUD also defines fair market rent for an area. For a two-bedroom unit the fair market rent for Transylvania County is $664. A low-income family would have to spend at least 59% of their monthly income for housing at fair market cost, instead of the suggested 30%, to be able to afford a two-bedroom unit in Transylvania County.

Income Definition  Percent of Area Median Income ($56,700)  Annual Income  Monthly Income  30% of Monthly Income  Fair Market Rent as a Percent of Maximum Affordable Rent 
Low  >50-80  $28,101-$45.950  $2,342-$3.746  $703-$1,124  94%-59% 
Very Low  >30-50  $16,851-$28,100 $1,404-$2.342  $421-$703  158%-94% 
Extremely Low  0-30  $0-$16,850 $0-$1,404  $0-$421  158% or more 

Find Housing
Searching for housing? Try WNCHousingFinder.org, a completely free service to list and search for rentals. List your properties or search for a place to live. Call 1-877-428-8844 for toll-free, bilingual assistance.

View the Fair Housing Complaint Procedure for the City of Brevard.

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Tiny Houses
If you are interested in building a "tiny house" in Brevard, it is absolutely doable! The United Way of Transylvania County has created this guide to help you through the process of permitting and building a tiny house in Brevard/Transylvania County.