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About Affordable Housing In Los Angeles County

There are 1,305 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 95,805 subsidized apartments for rent in Los Angeles County, California. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 31,411 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 23,291 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Los Angeles County. There are 54,838 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. In Los Angeles County, the fair market rents range from $988 to $2,303. To learn more about rents for low income apartments in Los Angeles County read the Fair Market Rents section of the Understanding Affordable Housing in Los Angeles County guide.

To qualify for low income housing in Los Angeles County a family of four would generally have to earn less than $43,400. For more detailed income qualification information for affordable apartments in Los Angeles County read the Income section of the Understanding Affordable Housing in Los Angeles County guide.

The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Los Angeles County is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.

  • The Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is Closed.
  • The Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles Public Housing Waiting List is Closed.

The Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles offers 8 Public Housing complexes containing 2,962 HUD apartments. The rent at these subsidized apartments are always income based. To find a public housing unit, look for the tag in the apartment list below.

Affordable Apartments in Los Angeles County

44063 North Beech Ave
Village at Beechwood is a 100 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Lancaster. Rents at Village at Beechwood are $456-630.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Lancaster.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
825 N Forest Avenue
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
2230 S. Eastern Ave.
Rosewood Park Apartments is a 94 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Commerce. Rents at Rosewood Park Apartments are $900-1,124.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Commerce.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
18701 Flying Tiger Drive
Canyon Country Senior Apartments is a 200 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Santa Clarita. Rents at Canyon Country Senior Apartments are $1,115-1,295.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Santa Clarita.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
2330 S. Santa Ana Blvd
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

Housing Authorities that serve Los Angeles County

Understanding Affordable Housing in Los Angeles County, California

Los Angeles County, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 1,305
Total Low Income Apartments 95,805
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 31,411
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 52.34%
Average Renter Household Size 2.54
Total Population 9,818,605
Housing Units 3,241,204
Average Household Size 2.72
Median Household Income $55,870 ±$244
Median Rent $1,221 ±$3
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 56.97% ± 0.3pp

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 1987 to 2012, 627 low income apartment communities containing 43,604 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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Acton 1
Agoura Hills 0
Agua Dulce 0
Alhambra 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Alhambra is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Alondra Park 0
Altadena 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Altadena is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Arcadia 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Arcadia is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Artesia 0
Avalon 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Avalon is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Avocado Heights 0
Azusa 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Azusa is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Baldwin Park 10 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Baldwin Park are the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Housing Authority of the City of Baldwin Park.
Bell 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bell is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Bell Gardens 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bell Gardens is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Bellflower 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bellflower is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Beverly Hills 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Beverly Hills is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Bradbury 0
Burbank 0
Calabasas 1
Carson 9 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Carson is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Castaic 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Castaic is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Cerritos 0
Charter Oak 0
Citrus 0
Claremont 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Claremont is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Commerce 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Commerce is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Compton 18 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Compton are the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and City of Compton Housing Authority.
Covina 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Covina is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Cudahy 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cudahy is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Culver City 9 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Culver City are the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Housing Authority of Culver City.
Del Aire 0
Desert View Highlands 0
Diamond Bar 1
Downey 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Downey is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Duarte 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Duarte is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
East La Mirada 0
East Los Angeles 2
East Pasadena 0
East Rancho Dominguez 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves East Rancho Dominguez is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
East San Gabriel 0
El Monte 14 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves El Monte is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
El Segundo 0
Elizabeth Lake 0
Florence Graham 0
Florence-Graham 0
Gardena 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Gardena is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Glendale 19 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Glendale are the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Housing Authority of the City of Glendale.
Glendora 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Glendora is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Green Valley 0
Hacienda Heights 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hacienda Heights is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Hasley Canyon 0
Hawaiian Gardens 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Hawaiian Gardens are the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Housing Authority of the City of Hawaiian Gardens.
Hawthorne 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Hawthorne are the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and City of Hawthorne Department of Housing.
Hermosa Beach 0
Hidden Hills 0
Hollywood 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hollywood is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Huntington Park 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Huntington Park is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Industry 0
Inglewood 13 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Inglewood is the City of Inglewood Housing Authority.
Irwindale 0
La Cañada Flintridge 0
La Crescenta Montrose 0
La Crescenta-Montrose 0
La Habra Heights 0
La Mirada 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves La Mirada is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
La Puente 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves La Puente is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
La Verne 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves La Verne is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Ladera Heights 0
Lake Hughes 0
Lake Los Angeles 0
Lakewood 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lakewood is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Lancaster 26 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lancaster is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Lawndale 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lawndale is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Lennox 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lennox is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Leona Valley 0
Littlerock 0
Lomita 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lomita is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Long Beach 44 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Long Beach are the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach.
Los Angeles 737 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Los Angeles is the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles.
Lynwood 1
Malibu 0
Manhattan Beach 1
Marina Del Rey 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Marina Del Rey is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Mayflower Village 0
Maywood 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Maywood is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Monrovia 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Monrovia is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Montebello 8 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Montebello is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Monterey Park 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Monterey Park is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
North El Monte 0
Norwalk 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Norwalk are the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and City of Norwalk Housing Authority.
Palmdale 20 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Palmdale is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Palos Verdes Estates 0
Paramount 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Paramount is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Pasadena 36 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Pasadena are the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Housing Authority of the City of Pasadena.
Pico Rivera 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Pico Rivera are the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Pico Rivera Housing Assistance Agency.
Pomona 12 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Pomona are the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and City of Pomona Housing Department.
Quartz Hill 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Quartz Hill is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Rancho Palos Verdes 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rancho Palos Verdes is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Redondo Beach 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Redondo Beach are the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Redondo Beach Housing Authority.
Rolling Hills 0
Rolling Hills Estates 0
Rose Hills 0
Rosemead 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rosemead is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Rowland Heights 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rowland Heights is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
San Dimas 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Dimas is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
San Fernando 16
San Gabriel 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Gabriel is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
San Marino 0
San Pasqual 0
Santa Clarita 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Santa Clarita is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Santa Fe Springs 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Santa Fe Springs are the 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 36 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Santa Monica are the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Housing Authority of the City of Santa Monica.
Sierra Madre 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sierra Madre is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Signal Hill 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Signal Hill is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
South El Monte 0
South Gate 11 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve South Gate are the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and South Gate Housing Authority.
South Monrovia Island 0
South Pasadena 0
South San Gabriel 0
South San Jose Hills 0
South Whittier 0
Stevenson Ranch 0
Sun Village 0
Temple City 0
Topanga 0
Torrance 10 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Torrance are the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Housing Authority of the City of Torrance.
Val Verde 0
Valinda 0
Vernon 0
View Park Windsor Hills 0
View Park-Windsor Hills 0
Vincent 0
Walnut 0
Walnut Park 0
West Athens 0
West Carson 0
West Covina 10 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Covina is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
West Hollywood 19 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve West Hollywood are the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and Housing Authority of the City of West Hollywood.
West Puente Valley 0
West Rancho Dominguez 0
West Whittier Los Nietos 0
West Whittier-Los Nietos 0
Westlake Village 2
Westmont 0
Whittier 13 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Whittier is the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.
Willowbrook 0