Affordable Housing In Orange County
California

260 Low Income Apartment Communities In Orange County

Solaira at Pavilion Park

100 Ridge Valley
Irvine, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+

Parc Derian Apartments

16201 Derian Ave
Irvine, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Walden Glen Apartments

6570 Knott Ave
Buena Park, California
Call For Rent
2 BR

Flanders Pointe Apartments

15520 Tustin Village Way
Tustin, California
$1,100-1,350
1-2 BR

Lemon Grove Apartments

1148 N Lemon St
Orange, California
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Santa Ana Arts Collective Apartments

1666 North Main Street
Santa Ana, California
Call For Rent
Studio-3 BR

Heritage Park Apartments

950 S. Gilbert St.
Anaheim, California
$1,325-1,515
1-2 BR

Rancho Moulton Apartments

25702 Via Lomas
Laguna Hills, California
Call For Rent
2-4 BR
Subsidized

Citrea Apartments

336. E Santa Fe Avenue
Fullerton, California
Call For Rent
Studio-3 BR
Family & Senior

Luminaira Apartments

1158 Hamal
Irvine, California
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Family & Senior

Housing Authorities that serve Orange County

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Orange County, California

There are 260 low income housing apartment communities offering 21,168 affordable apartments for rent in Orange County, California.

Income Based Apartments in Orange County, California

Orange County features 4,848 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 15,989 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 $2,098 and $2,564.

2021 Orange County, California Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Orange County, California Fair Market Rent $1,678 $1,888 $2,331 $3,227 $3,716
Orange County, California Payment Standard Range $1,510 to $1,846 $1,699 to $2,077 $2,098 to $2,564 $2,904 to $3,550 $3,344 to $4,088

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Orange County, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 260
Total Low Income Apartments 21,168
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 4,848
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 42.32%
Average Renter Household Size 3.09
Average Household Size 3.04
Median Household Income $76,509 ±$426
Median Rent $1,548 ±$10
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 55.21% ± 0.65pp
Total Population 3,116,069

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.

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 $106,700

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 HUD Rental Assistance in Orange County

1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Orange County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$28,250 $32,300 $36,350 $40,350 $43,600 $46,850 $50,050 $53,300
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Orange County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$47,100 $53,800 $60,550 $67,250 $72,650 $78,050 $83,400 $88,800
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Orange County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$75,300 $86,050 $96,800 $107,550 $116,200 $124,800 $133,400 $142,000

Cities In Orange County

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