Affordable Housing In Los Angeles
Los Angeles County, California

823 Low Income Apartment Communities In Los Angeles

Burns Manor

8155 Foothill Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Income Based
1 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

Abbey Apartments

625 San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA
Income Based
Studio BR
HCV Welcome

Sonata Apartment Homes

21350 Parthenia Street
Los Angeles, CA
2 BR

Mission Plaza

2250 Parkside Ave
Los Angeles, CA
2-3 BR

Apperson Street Apartments

7412 Apperson St
Los Angeles, CA
1 BR

Carondelet Court Apartments Homes

816 S Carondelet St
Los Angeles, CA
Income Based
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Buckingham Apartments

4050 Ursula Ave
Los Angeles, CA
1-3 BR

Rio Vista Village

1310 Rio Vista Ave
Los Angeles, CA
Income Based
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Alameda Terrace

11917 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA
Income Based
2-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Chariton Apartments

2021 Chariton Street
Los Angeles, CA
Studio BR

There are 823 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 58,581 affordable apartments for rent in Los Angeles. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 28,651 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Los Angeles, HUD housing programs support 18,729 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 28,959 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

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 823
Total Low Income Apartments 58,581
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 28,651
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
50% of Median $36,550 $41,800 $47,000 $52,200 $56,400 $60,600 $64,750 $68,950
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