Affordable Housing In Pasadena
Los Angeles County California

36 Low Income Apartment Communities In Pasadena

Hudson Oaks

235 East Holly Street
Pasadena, CA
1 BR
HCV Welcome

Pilgrim Tower North

1207 S Vermont Avenue
Pasadena, CA
Income Based
1 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

The Groves

700 E Mountain St
Pasadena, CA
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR

Villa Los Robles

473 N Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Orange Grove Gardens

252 E Orange Grove Blvd
Pasadena, CA
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Green Hotel

50 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA
Call For Rent
1 BR

Silvercrest - Pasadena

975 E Union St
Pasadena, CA
Elderly Supportive Housing

Casa Doro II

1115 N Chester Ave
Pasadena, CA
Disabled Supportive Housing

Pilgrim Towers North

560 E Villa St
Pasadena, CA

Washington Townhouses

529 E Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA

There are 36 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 2,506 affordable apartments for rent in Pasadena. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 1,696 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Pasadena, HUD housing programs support 1,267 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 810 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Pasadena

Housing Authority Programs
Los Angeles County Development Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Housing Authority of the City of Pasadena Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Pasadena, California

Pasadena, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 36
Total Low Income Apartments 2,506
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 1,696
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 56.37%
Average Renter Household Size 2.38
Total Population 139,899
Housing Units 54,536
Average Household Size 2.49
Median Household Income $72,402 ±$2,365
Median Rent $1,372 ±$25
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.42% ± 2.5pp

Population and Household Demographics

Pasadena is a City in Los Angeles County, California with a population of 139,899. There are 54,536 households in the city with an average household size of 2.49 persons. 56.37% of households in Pasadena are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Pasadena

The median gross income for households in Pasadena is $72,402 a year, or $6,034 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,372 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Pasadena, a household making less than $4,573 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.42% of households who rent are overburdened in Pasadena.1

Area Median Income In Pasadena

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 Pasadena, the AMI is calculated from all households within Los Angeles County.

In Pasadena, 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 Pasadena

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 Pasadena HUD Rental Assistance in Pasadena

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 Pasadena

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1989 to 2006, 11 low income apartment communities containing 1,019 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Pasadena 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 Pasadena

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
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 Pasadena 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 Pasadena

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