Available & Affordable?

A look at the state of housing in Tarrant County

Available & Affordable?

A look at the state of housing in Tarrant County

Current Conditions

Occupancy Rates

Rental Rates

(RentHop.com, Rental Rates and Trends, March 2019)

New Developments

Property Taxes

  • Tarrant County has one of the highest median property taxes in the United States, and is ranked 139th of the 3143 counties in order of median property taxes. (Tax-Rates.org)
  • Tarrant County collects, on average, 2.37% of a property’s assessed fair market value as property tax and this tax is passed on from landlord to tenant, so even the cost of existing, non-luxury apartments is rising.


Doing the Math

  • Renters should spend no more than 30% of their income for the rent to be considered “affordable.”
  • When housing costs are more than 30% of income, the household is considered “housing burdened.”
  • To afford a one bedroom apartment and not be rent burdened, a person in Tarrant County must earn a MINIMUM of $20/hour at a full time job.

DFW Metro Area Housing Gap

Extremely Low Income Households and Available Rentals

  • Extremely Low Income Renter Households: 196,950
  • Affordable and Available Rental Units: 39,474

Surplus (Deficit) of Affordable and Available Rental Units

Financial Gap

  • “Inability to pay rent” is the #1 answer people experiencing homelessness gave as the reason for their situation during the 2019 Tarrant County Homeless Coalition’s Point-In-Time count.

Assistance Gap

  • Federal HUD dollars provide vouchers to assist with rent.
  • Fort Worth Housing Solutions currently holds 5,104 vouchers.
  • As of June 13, 2019, 4,692 households are using vouchers, leaving just 412 vouchers available.
  • The wait list to receive a voucher currently includes 4,600+ households.

The Looming Issue

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