Affordable Housing In Phoenix
Maricopa County, Arizona

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There are 158 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 14,040 affordable apartments for rent in Phoenix, Arizona. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 7,491 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 2,679 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Phoenix. There are 8,041 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Phoenix are the City of Phoenix Housing Department, Housing Authority of Maricopa County and Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation.

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Affordable Apartments in Phoenix

Image of Village Square
14014 N. 32nd Street
Phoenix, Arizona
Village Square is a 116 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Phoenix. Rents at Village Square are $535-789.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Phoenix.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Image of Casa de Paz IV Sunland
435 E Sunland Ave
Phoenix, Arizona
Casa de Paz IV Sunland is a 80 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1 bedroom apartments for rent in Phoenix.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
Image of Hong Lok
3930 N. 24th Ave
Phoenix, Arizona
Hong Lok is a 42 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1 bedroom apartments for rent in Phoenix.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units
Image of Hong Ning House Apartments
3920 N 24th Ave
Phoenix, Arizona
Hong Ning House Apartments is a 58 unit low income housing apartment community that provides St.-1 bedroom apartments for rent in Phoenix.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units
Image of St Marys Manor
6515 N 39th Ave
Phoenix, Arizona
St Marys Manor is a 41 unit low income housing apartment community that provides St.-1 bedroom apartments for rent in Phoenix.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units

Housing Authorities that serve Phoenix

The City of Phoenix Housing Department is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation is a Section 8 public housing agency in Phoenix, Arizona.

Other Housing Authorities located in Phoenix

The Arizona Department of Housing is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Phoenix, Arizona.

Understanding Affordable Housing in Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, AZ Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 158
Total Low Income Apartments 14,040
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 7,491
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 47.02%
Average Renter Household Size 2.84
Total Population 1,514,208
Housing Units 525,610
Average Household Size 2.85
Median Household Income $47,326 ±$500
Median Rent $884 ±$6
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 47.48% ± 0.83pp

Population and Household Demographics

Phoenix is a City in Maricopa County, Arizona with a population of 1,514,208. There are 525,610 households in the city with an average household size of 2.85 persons. 47.02% of households in Phoenix are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Phoenix

The median gross income for households in Phoenix is $47,326 a year, or $3,944 a month. The median rent for the city is $884 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Phoenix, a household making less than $2,947 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 47.48% of households who rent are overburdened in Phoenix.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 0.83 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Phoenix

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Phoenix, the AMI is calculated from all households within Maricopa County.

In Phoenix, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $66,200

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Phoenix

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Phoenix HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% $13,900 $16,240 $20,420 $24,600 $28,780 $32,960 $37,140 $41,320
50% $23,200 $26,500 $29,800 $33,100 $35,750 $38,400 $41,050 $43,700
80% $37,100 $42,400 $47,700 $52,950 $57,200 $61,450 $65,700 $69,900

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Phoenix

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1988 to 2012, 58 low income apartment communities containing 6,537 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Phoenix by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Phoenix by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Phoenix Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% $23,200 $26,500 $29,800 $33,100 $35,750 $38,400 $41,050 $43,700
HERA 50% $23,350 $26,650 $30,000 $33,300 $36,000 $38,650 $41,300 $44,000
60% $27,840 $31,800 $35,760 $39,720 $42,900 $46,080 $49,260 $52,440
HERA 60% $28,020 $31,980 $36,000 $39,960 $43,200 $46,380 $49,560 $52,800

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Phoenix is $35,760 a year, or $2,980 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,980 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $894 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 1 Bed 5 Bed
50% $580 $621 $745 $861 $960 $1,059
60% $696 $746 $894 $1,033 $1,152 $1,271
Fair Market Rents in Phoenix

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2017 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$624 $757 $944 $1,374 $1,594