Affordable Housing In Orange County
California

243 Low Income Apartment Communities In Orange County

The Irvine Inn Apartments

2810 Warner Avenue
Irvine, CA
$651
Studio BR
HCV Welcome

Arroyo Vista Apartments

26196 Crown Valley Pkwy
Mission Viejo, CA
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Casa Bella

1840 Park Ave
Costa Mesa, CA
Income Based
1-2 BR
62+
Accessible
Subsidized

The Arbor at Woodbury

300 Regal
Irvine, CA
Income Based
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Crest Housing

17701 Cowan Avenue
Irvine, CA
Income Based
Studio BR
HCV Welcome

Mariposa Villa Co-op

3773 University Drive
Irvine, CA
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

The Jasmine at Founders Village

17911 Bushard St.
Fountain Valley, CA
$923-1,230
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Briar Crest Apartments

11701 Stuart Dr
Garden Grove, CA
Income Based
Studio-3 BR
HCV Welcome

The Grove Senior Apartments

12721 Garden Grove Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Seasons Senior Apartments At La Palma

7061 Walker St
La Palma, CA
Income Based
1-2 BR
62+

There are 243 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 20,124 affordable apartments for rent in Orange County. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 4,778 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Orange County, HUD housing programs support 2,950 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 15,046 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Orange County

Housing Authority Programs
Orange County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Other Housing Authorities located in Orange County

Housing Authority Programs
Santa Ana Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Housing Authority of the City of Garden Grove Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Anaheim Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Orange County, California

Orange County, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 243
Total Low Income Apartments 20,124
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 4,778
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 42.32%
Average Renter Household Size 3.09
Total Population 3,116,069
Housing Units 1,009,353
Average Household Size 3.04
Median Household Income $76,509 ±$426
Median Rent $1,548 ±$10
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 55.21% ± 0.65pp

Population and Household Demographics

Orange County is a County in California with a population of 3,116,069. There are 1,009,353 households in the county with an average household size of 3.04 persons. 42.32% of households in Orange County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Orange County

The median gross income for households in Orange County is $76,509 a year, or $6,376 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,548 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Orange County, a household making less than $5,160 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 55.21% of households who rent are overburdened in Orange County.1

Area Median Income In Orange 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 Orange County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $97,900

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 Orange 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.

Income Qualifications for Orange County HUD Rental Assistance in Orange County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $24,950 $28,500 $32,050 $35,600 $38,450 $41,300 $44,150 $47,000
50% of Median $41,550 $47,500 $53,450 $59,350 $64,100 $68,850 $73,600 $78,350
80% of Median $66,500 $76,000 $85,500 $94,950 $102,550 $110,150 $117,750 $125,350
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Orange 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 2012, 126 low income apartment communities containing 13,728 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Orange County 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 Orange County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $41,550 $47,500 $53,450 $59,350 $64,100 $68,850 $73,600 $78,350
60% of Median $49,860 $57,000 $64,140 $71,220 $76,920 $82,620 $88,320 $94,020

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 Orange County is $64,140 a year, or $5,345 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $5,345 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,604 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% $1,039 $1,113 $1,336 $1,543 $1,721 $1,899
60% $1,247 $1,336 $1,604 $1,852 $2,066 $2,279
Fair Market Rents in Orange 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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$1,415 $1,632 $2,037 $2,862 $3,304

Cities In Orange County

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City Listings Served By
Anaheim 45 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Anaheim are the Orange County Housing Authority and Anaheim Housing Authority.
Irvine 28 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Irvine is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Santa Ana 38 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Santa Ana are the Santa Ana Housing Authority and Orange County Housing Authority.
Fullerton 12 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fullerton is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Orange 15 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Orange is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Cypress 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cypress is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Yorba Linda 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Yorba Linda is the Orange County Housing Authority.
La Palma 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves La Palma is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Stanton 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Stanton is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Laguna Beach 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Laguna Beach is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Fountain Valley 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fountain Valley is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Placentia 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Placentia is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Garden Grove 13 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Garden Grove are the Orange County Housing Authority and Housing Authority of the City of Garden Grove.
Tustin 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Tustin is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Huntington Beach 14 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Huntington Beach is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Newport Beach 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Newport Beach is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Mission Viejo 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mission Viejo is the Orange County Housing Authority.
San Juan Capistrano 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Juan Capistrano is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Los Alamitos 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Los Alamitos is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Costa Mesa 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Costa Mesa is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Brea 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Brea is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Aliso Viejo 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Aliso Viejo is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Buena Park 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Buena Park is the Orange County Housing Authority.
La Habra 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves La Habra is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Westminster 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Westminster is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Laguna Hills 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Laguna Hills is the Orange County Housing Authority.
San Clemente 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Clemente is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Midway City 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Midway City is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Laguna Niguel 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Laguna Niguel is the Orange County Housing Authority.
Laguna Woods 1
Lake Forest 0
Seal Beach 0
Coto de Caza 0
Dana Point 0
Ladera Ranch 0
Las Flores 0
North Tustin 0
Rancho Santa Margarita 0
Rossmoor 0
Sunset Beach 0
Villa Park 0