Affordable Housing In Irvine
Orange County, California

30 Low Income Apartment Communities In Irvine

The Irvine Inn Apartments

2810 Warner Avenue
Irvine, California
Studio BR

The Arbor at Woodbury

300 Regal
Irvine, California
Income Based
1-3 BR

Crest Housing

17701 Cowan Avenue
Irvine, California
Income Based
Studio BR

Mariposa Villa Co-op

3773 University Drive
Irvine, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

The Inn at Woodbridge

3 Osborn St
Irvine, California
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR

Solaira at Pavilion Park

100 Ridge Valley
Irvine, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Parc Derian Apartments

16201 Derian Ave
Irvine, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Luminaira Apartments

1158 Hamal
Irvine, California
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Family & Senior

Anton Portola Apartments

100 Fountainhead
Irvine, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Luxaira Apartments

1105 Hamal
Irvine, California
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR

Housing Authorities that serve Irvine

Housing Authority Programs
Orange County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Irvine, California

There are 30 low income housing apartment communities offering 3,596 affordable apartments for rent in Irvine, California.

Income Based Apartments in Irvine, California

Irvine features 1,206 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Irvine, California

There are 2,390 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Irvine.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Irvine, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Irvine landlords $1,400 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $700 towards rent in Irvine.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Irvine, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,098 and $2,564.

2021 Irvine, California Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Irvine, California Fair Market Rent $1,678 $1,888 $2,331 $3,227 $3,716
Irvine, California Payment Standard Range $1,510 to $1,846 $1,699 to $2,077 $2,098 to $2,564 $2,904 to $3,550 $3,344 to $4,088

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Irvine, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 30
Total Low Income Apartments 3,596
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,206
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 51.72%
Average Renter Household Size 2.53
Average Household Size 2.65
Median Household Income $92,278 ±$2,767
Median Rent $1,903 ±$25
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.58% ± 2.49pp
Total Population 238,474

Population and Household Demographics

Irvine is a city in Orange County, California with a population of 238,474. There are 87,235 households in the city with an average household size of 2.65 persons. 51.72% of households in Irvine are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Irvine

The median gross income for households in Irvine is $92,278 a year, or $7,690 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,903 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Irvine, a household making less than $6,343 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46.58% of households who rent are overburdened in Irvine.

Area Median Income In Irvine

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 Irvine, the AMI is calculated from all households within Orange County.

In Irvine, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $106,700

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 Irvine

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.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Irvine

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Irvine AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$28,250 $32,300 $36,350 $40,350 $43,600 $46,850 $50,050 $53,300
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Irvine AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$47,100 $53,800 $60,550 $67,250 $72,650 $78,050 $83,400 $88,800
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Irvine AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$75,300 $86,050 $96,800 $107,550 $116,200 $124,800 $133,400 $142,000