Low Income Apartments In Los Angeles
Los Angeles County, California

Low Income Apartments In Los Angeles

San Lucas Apartments

1221 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA
$771-1,067
Studio-1 BR
62+
HCV Welcome

Huntington Hacienda II

4668 Huntington Dr S
Los Angeles, CA
$773-1,187
1-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Hollywood Fountain South

6222 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles, CA
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized

Main Street Vistas

5950 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA
Income Based
2-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Figueroa Place

1320 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Income Based
2-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Hollywood Fountain North

6233 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles, CA
Income Based
1 BR
62+
Subsidized

Miramar Towers

2000 Miramar St
Los Angeles, CA
Income Based
1 BR
62+
Subsidized

Avalon Place Apartments

13218 Avalon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Income Based
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Adams Boulevard Apartments

4230 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Income Based
1-4 BR
Subsidized

Mac Arthur Park Tower

450 S Grand View St
Los Angeles, CA
Income Based
1 BR
62+
Subsidized

There are 777 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 54,997 affordable apartments for rent in Los Angeles, California. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 28,064 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 18,249 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Los Angeles. There are 26,441 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Housing Authorities that serve Los Angeles

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 777
Total Low Income Apartments 54,997
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 28,064
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

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 $73,100

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.

Income Qualifications for Los Angeles HUD Rental Assistance in Los Angeles

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $21,950 $25,050 $28,200 $31,300 $33,850 $36,350 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $36,550 $41,800 $47,000 $52,200 $56,400 $60,600 $64,750 $68,950
80% of Median $58,450 $66,800 $75,150 $83,500 $90,200 $96,900 $103,550 $110,250
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, 402 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.

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.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Los Angeles

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
60% of Median $43,860 $50,160 $56,400 $62,640 $67,680 $72,720 $77,700 $82,740

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 $56,400 a year, or $4,700 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,700 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,410 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 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $914 $979 $1,175 $1,358 $1,515 $1,671
60% $1,097 $1,175 $1,410 $1,629 $1,818 $2,006
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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$1,158 $1,384 $1,791 $2,401 $2,641