Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Orange County, CA

Discover affordable housing in Orange County where there are 296+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

Harmony Creek Apartments

1616 E Rock Creek Dr, Orange, California 92866

Hampton Square Apartments

16331 McFadden Ave, Tustin, California 92780

Continental Gardens Apartments

8101 Cerritos Ave, Stanton, California 90680

Harmony Park Apartments

7252 Melrose St, Buena Park, California 90621

East Fullerton Villas

2140 E Chapman Ave, Fullerton, California 92831

Chestnut Place

1745 E Fairway Dr, Orange, California 92866

Warwick Square Apartments

780 S Lyon St, Santa Ana, California 92705

Santa Alicia

100 Santorini, Irvine, California 92606

The Rose Gardens

8190 13th St, Westminster, California 92683

Park Stanton Seniors Apartments

7622 Katella Ave, Stanton, California 90680

Klimpel Manor

229 E Amerige Ave, Fullerton, California 92832

San Paulo Apartments

100 Duranzo Aisle, Irvine, California 92606

Tudor Grove Apartments

12631 Sunswept Ave, Garden Grove, California 92843

Village La Paz

24275 Avenida Breve, Laguna Niguel, California 92677

Anaheim Memorial Manor

275 E Center St, Anaheim, California 92805

Harvard Manor

50 Cornell, Irvine, California 92612

Guadalupe Manor

17103 Magnolia St, Fountain Valley, California 92708

The Tower on 19th

678 W 19th Street, Costa Mesa, California 92627

bed 1-2

Acacia Villa Apartments

10931 Acacia Parkway, Garden Grove, California 92840

bed 1

Alicia Park Apartments

23681 Cambridge Circle, Laguna Niguel, California 92677

bed 2-4
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elderly Senior
payment Income Based
accessibility Accessible
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How To Identify Affordable Housing in Orange County, California

Look for program and preference badges on affordable apartment listings. These badges can help you identify the types of low income housing each apartment offers and if you may be eligbile for rental assistance or reduced rents.

Badge Description
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
Low income apartments with no or short waiting lists.
payment Subsidized
Low income housing where the rent is subsidized and the renter pays only a portion of total rent.
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
Apartments that accept Section 8 vouchers near you
elderly Senior
Rental housing for seniors who are 55 (or sometimes 62) and older.
payment Income Based
Affordable apartments where the rent paid is based on renter income.
accessibility Accessible
Meets Accessibilty Requirements of the Fair Housing Act, the ADA, or HUD policy.
accessible_forward Disability
Apartments for individuals or families with disabilities.
The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Orange County, California
$52.71/hour
$36.71 (+229%) more than California minimum wage and $45.46 (+627%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve Orange County, California?

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Orange County, California.

Go to the California Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Orange County.

How many renters live in Orange County, California?

The County of Orange County has people living in households.

There are renters living in renter households in this County. Renters make up 42.91 percent of the population living in Orange County.

What is the rental market like in Orange County, California?

There are an estimated housing units in the Orange County area. Of these, units are rental homes, making up percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Orange County, California, there are 1.04 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Orange County?

The rental vacancy rate in Orange County is 4 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

How many rental units are in Orange County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Orange County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
38,070 118,071 193,205 90,283 33,916
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Orange County

A large number of apartments in Orange County have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How Much Is Rent in Orange County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $2,200 to $4,467. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $2,200
One BR $2,344
Two BR $2,783
Three BR $3,769
Four BR $4,467
2024 Fair Market Rents in Orange County, California

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Orange County?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 11,534 30 percent
One BR 29,756 25 percent
Two BR 20,871 11 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Orange County, California

How many affordable rental units are in Orange County?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Orange County, California including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Orange County, California

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Orange County, California

Orange County features 5,180 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Orange County, California

There are 17,241 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Orange County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Orange County, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Orange County landlords $1,200 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in Orange County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Orange County, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,505 and $3,061.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.