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

Discover affordable housing in Orange County where there are 298+ 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.

Acacia Villa Apartments

10931 Acacia Parkway, Garden Grove, California 92840

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Alicia Park Apartments

23681 Cambridge Circle, Laguna Niguel, California 92677

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Amerige Villa Apartments

343 W Amerige Avenue, Fullerton, California 92832

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Las Lomas Gardens

900 Las Lomas Drive, La Habra, California 90631

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Tustin Gardens

275 East 6th Street, Tustin, California 92780

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Casa Bella

1840 Park Ave, Costa Mesa, California 92627

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Donald Jordan Senior Manor

11441 Acacia Pkwy, Garden Grove, California 92840

Carbon Creek Shores

3060 E Frontera St, Anaheim, California 92806

Laurel Park Manor

4121 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, California 90720

Pacific Terrace Apartments

15000 Pacific Street, Midway City, California 92655

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Pacific Sun Apartments

17462 Keelson Ln, Huntington Beach, California 92647

Doria Apartments Homes Phase I

1000 Crested Bird, Irvine, California 92620

Emerald Cove Senior Apartments

18191 Parktree Cir, Huntington Beach, California 92648

Grove Park Apartments

12651 Morningside Ave, Garden Grove, California 92843

Pacific Court Apartments

2200 Delaware St, Huntington Beach, California 92648

Greenleaf Apartments

2048 W Greenleaf Ave, Anaheim, California 92801

Wilshire + Minnie Apartments

1201 E Wilshire Ave, Santa Ana, California 92707

Imperial Park Apartments

430 W Imperial Hwy, Brea, California 92821

Ross and Durant Apartments

1411 N Durant St, Santa Ana, California 92706

Jeffrey Lynne Neighborhood Revitalization Phase IV

1607 S Calle del Mar, Anaheim, California 92802

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 3,151,184 people living in 1,085,225 households.

There are 1,352,277 renters living in 479,673 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 1,146,379 housing units in the Orange County area. Of these, 500,378 units are rental homes, making up 44 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Orange County, California, there are 1 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 many renter households in Orange County are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 55 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 30 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

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 19,622
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 4,427
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 3
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 105
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.