Affordable Housing In Los Angeles
Los Angeles County, California

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There are 744 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 51,612 affordable apartments for rent in Los Angeles, California. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 25,311 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 15,431 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Los Angeles. There are 31,289 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 Agency that serves Los Angeles is the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles.

Waiting List Openings In Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Open until October 29th, 2017

OCTOBER
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The Los Angeles, California Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open now and will close on October 29th, 2017 at 5:00 PM PT .

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Affordable Apartments in Los Angeles

2330 S. Santa Ana Blvd
Los Angeles, California
ML Shepard Manor Apartments is a 90 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1 bedroom apartments for rent in Los Angeles. Rents at ML Shepard Manor Apartments are 685.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Los Angeles.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit HOME Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
1206 N Gower St
Los Angeles, California
Hollywoodland Gower Apartments is a 83 unit low income housing apartment community in Los Angeles.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+)
825 N Forest Avenue
Los Angeles, California
Delta Apartments is a 8 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1 bedroom apartments for rent in Los Angeles. Rents at Delta Apartments are 791.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
14555 Osborne Street
Los Angeles, California
Casa Panorama Towers is a 154 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1 bedroom apartments for rent in Los Angeles.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance Pet Friendly
1011 W 91st Street Apt 1
Los Angeles, California
Palm Village Apartments is a 30 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Los Angeles.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Los Angeles.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers

Housing Authorities that serve Los Angeles

The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Los Angeles, California.

Understanding Affordable Housing in Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 744
Total Low Income Apartments 51,612
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 25,311
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 63.16%
Average Renter Household Size 2.71
Total Population 3,900,794
Housing Units 1,342,761
Average Household Size 2.84
Median Household Income $50,205 ±$265
Median Rent $1,209 ±$4
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 58.49% ± 0.41pp

Population and Household Demographics

Los Angeles is a City in Los Angeles County, California with a population of 3,900,794. There are 1,342,761 households in the city with an average household size of 2.84 persons. 63.16% of households in Los Angeles are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Los Angeles

The median gross income for households in Los Angeles is $50,205 a year, or $4,184 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,209 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Los Angeles, a household making less than $4,030 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 58.49% of households who rent are overburdened in Los Angeles.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 0.41 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Los Angeles

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 Los Angeles, the AMI is calculated from all households within Los Angeles County.

In Los Angeles, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $64,300

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 Los Angeles

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.

Los Angeles HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% $18,950 $21,650 $24,350 $27,050 $29,250 $32,960 $37,140 $41,320
50% $31,550 $36,050 $40,550 $45,050 $48,700 $52,300 $55,900 $59,500
80% $50,500 $57,700 $64,900 $72,100 $77,900 $83,650 $89,450 $95,200

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 Los Angeles

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

From 1987 to 2012, 413 low income apartment communities containing 24,597 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Los Angeles by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Los Angeles 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.

Los Angeles 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% $31,550 $36,050 $40,550 $45,050 $48,700 $52,300 $55,900 $59,500
60% $37,860 $43,260 $48,660 $54,060 $58,440 $62,760 $67,080 $71,400

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 Los Angeles is $48,660 a year, or $4,055 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,055 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,217 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% $789 $845 $1,014 $1,172 $1,308 $1,443
60% $947 $1,014 $1,217 $1,406 $1,569 $1,731
Fair Market Rents in Los Angeles

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
$988 $1,195 $1,545 $2,079 $2,303