Los Angeles County a county in California

About Affordable Housing In Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County has 1312 low income housing communities in 74 cities. Los Angeles County is served by Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.

Affordable Apartments in Los Angeles County

825 N Forest Avenue
Delta Apartments features 1 bedroom apartments. Rents at Delta Apartments start at $791.
Delta Apartments participates in the following programs:
Project-Based Section 8
2230 S. Eastern Ave.
Rosewood Park Apartments features 1-2 bedroom apartments. Rents at Rosewood Park Apartments start at $900-1,124.
Rosewood Park Apartments participates in the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
18701 Flying Tiger Drive
Canyon Country Senior Apartments features 1-2 bedroom apartments. Rents at Canyon Country Senior Apartments start at $1,115-1,295.
Canyon Country Senior Apartments participates in the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
44063 North Beech Ave
Village at Beechwood features 1-3 bedroom apartments. Rents at Village at Beechwood start at $456-630.
Village at Beechwood participates in the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
2330 S. Santa Ana Blvd
ML Shepard Manor Apartments features 1 bedroom apartments. Rents at ML Shepard Manor Apartments start at $685.
ML Shepard Manor Apartments participates in the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit HOME

Housing Authorities that serve Los Angeles County

Understanding Affordable Housing in Los Angeles County, California

Population and Household Demographics

Los Angeles County is a County in California with a population of 9,818,605. There are 3,241,204 households in the county with an average household size of 2.72 persons. 52.34% of households in Los Angeles County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Los Angeles County

The median gross income for households in Los Angeles County is $55,870 a year, or $4,656 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,221 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Los Angeles County, a household making less than $4,070 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 56.97% of households who rent are overburdened in Los Angeles County.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2014 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: +/- 0.3 percentage points.

Fair Market Rents in Los Angeles County

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
Area Median Income In Los Angeles County

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.

In Los Angeles County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $62,400.

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.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Los Angeles County

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

From 1989 to 2011, 26 low income apartment communities containing 2,878 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Los Angeles County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

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

Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

For affordable apartment communities in Los Angeles County that received funding in part through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, monthly rent cannot exceed the Tax Credit maximum rent for the community.

If your income does not exceed 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you may qualify to rent a unit that is subject to the rent limits established by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.

% of AMI 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons 8 Persons
50% $30,400 $34,750 $39,100 $43,400 $46,900 $50,350 $53,850 $57,300
60% $36,480 $41,700 $46,920 $52,080 $56,280 $60,420 $64,620 $68,760
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Rent Limits

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.

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 County is $46,920 a year, or $3,910 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,910 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,173 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% $760 $814 $978 $1,129 $1,259 $1,389
60% $912 $977 $1,173 $1,355 $1,511 $1,667
Rental Assistance in Los Angeles County

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.

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.

HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

To qualify for most rental assistance programs a renter must earn no more than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). In some cases, rental assistance is reserved for renters earning 30% or less of the AMI. In Los Angeles County, to qualify for Section 8 assistance, a renter household containing four persons must earn $43,400 or less. For some targeted rental assistance programs, a renter household of four can’t earn more than $26,050.

It’s important to remember that in many rental assistance programs there are minimum rent regulations requiring assistance recipients to make a minimum payment of between $25 and $50 per month no matter how low their income.

% of AMI 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons 8 Persons
30% $18,250 $20,850 $23,450 $26,050 $28,440 $32,580 $36,730 $40,890
50% $30,400 $34,750 $39,100 $43,400 $46,900 $50,350 $53,850 $57,300
80% $48,650 $55,600 $62,550 $69,450 $75,050 $80,600 $86,150 $91,700

Cities In Los Angeles County

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City Listings Served By
Alhambra 6 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Altadena 2 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Arcadia 6 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Artesia 1
Avalon 4 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Azusa 4 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Baldwin Park 10 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Housing Authority of the City of Baldwin Park
Bell 4 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Bell Gardens 4 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Bellflower 6 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Beverly Hills 1 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Canoga Park 16
Carson 10 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Castaic 1 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Claremont 6 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Commerce 4 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Compton 19 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and City of Compton Housing Authority
Covina 4 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Cudahy 7 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Culver City 9 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Housing Authority of Culver City
Diamond Bar 1
Downey 5 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Duarte 6 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
East Rancho Dominguez 1 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
El Monte 13 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Gardena 5 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Glendale 23 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Housing Authority of the City of Glendale
Glendora 3 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Hacienda Heights 2 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Hawaiian Gardens 1 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Housing Authority of the City of Hawaiian Gardens
Hawthorne 7 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Hawthorne Housing
Hollywood 3 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Huntington Park 4 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Inglewood 14 City of Inglewood Housing Authority
La Mirada 6 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
La Puente 6 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
La Verne 2 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Lakewood 3 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Lancaster 27 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Lawndale 2 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Lennox 1 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Lomita 4 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Long Beach 49 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach
Los Angeles 744 Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
Lynwood 2
Marina Del Rey 4 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Maywood 3 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Monrovia 7 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Montebello 8 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Monterey Park 8 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Norwalk 5 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and City of Norwalk Housing Authority
Palmdale 25 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Paramount 2 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Pasadena 40 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Housing Authority of the City of Pasadena
Pico Rivera 3 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Pico Rivera Housing Assistance Agency
Pomona 13 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and City of Pomona Housing Department
Quartz Hill 1 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Rancho Palos Verdes 1 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Redondo Beach 3 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Redondo Beach Housing Authority
Rosemead 1 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Rowland Heights 5 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
San Dimas 3 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
San Gabriel 2 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Santa Clarita 4 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Santa Fe Springs 6 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles, Housing Authority of the City of Lakewood, Housing Authority of the City of Paramount, Housing Authority of the City of Lawndale, Housing Authority of the City of Lomita and Housing Authority of the City of Santa Fe Springs
Santa Monica 37 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Housing Authority of the City of Santa Monica
Sierra Madre 1 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Signal Hill 4 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
South Gate 10 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and South Gate Housing Authority
Temple City 0
Torrance 12 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Housing Authority of the City of Torrance
West Covina 12 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
West Hollywood 21 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Housing Authority of the City of West Hollywood
Whittier 13 Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles