An Affordable Apartment Search tool is available at the IRS.gov website that allows users to look for affordable rental homes and apartments, according to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Individuals can search by location to find an available apartment.
The HUD.gov website also provides other types of assistance for low-income individuals, including assistance in buying a home and housing assistance for disabled individuals, veterans, children and seniors, as noted by HUD. Housing assistance is also available for people living with HIV/AIDS and victims of Hurricane Sandy. Approval is based on the verifiable income of the family, the number of people in the family, the ability to get employment, and whether or not the person qualifies as a senior, veteran, disabled individual or other person in need. Completing one HUD application allows the applicant to apply for any low-income housing.
The programs available for housing assistance are based on the percentage of income a family is paying for rent or mortgage, according to HUD. The agency considers families paying 30 percent or more of their income on housing to be cost-burdened. Depending on their income, this may not leave enough for transportation, medical care, food and clothing.