Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Pasadena, CA

Discover affordable housing in Pasadena where there are 38+ 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.

Hudson Oaks

235 East Holly Street, Pasadena, California 91101

bed 1
payment $466/mo.

Pilgrim Tower Apartments

1207 S Vermont Ave, Pasadena, California 90006

bed Studio-1

The Groves

700 E Mountain St & 965 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, California 91104

bed Studio-2
accessibility Accessible

Heritage Square Senior Apartments

762 N Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, California 91103

bed 1

Marv's Place

143 Mar Vista Avenue, Pasadena, California 91106

bed 1-2

Kings Villages

1141 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, California 91103

Telacu Courtyard

42 E Walnut St, Pasadena, California 91103

Northwest Manor I

985 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, California 91103

Hudson Oaks

1267 N Hudson Ave, Pasadena, California 91104

bed 1-2

Villa Yucatan

2186 E Villa St, Pasadena, California 91107

Casa Doro I

1370 N Dominion Ave, Pasadena, California 91104

Casa Doro II

1115 N Chester Ave, Pasadena, California 91104

Hudson Gardens

1255 N Hudson Ave, Pasadena, California 91104

Crown House

3055 E Del Mar Blvd, Pasadena, California 91107

Dudley House

2131 E Dudley St, Pasadena, California 91104

Wagner House

1894 Wagner St, Pasadena, California 91107

Allen House

1808 Las Lunas St, Pasadena, California 91107

Villa Apartments

2089 E Villa St, Pasadena, California 91107

Washington Townhouses

529 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, California 91104

Silvercrest - Pasadena

975 E Union St, Pasadena, California 91106

How To Identify Affordable Housing in Pasadena, 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 Pasadena, California
$48.18/hour
$32.18 (+201%) more than California minimum wage and $40.93 (+565%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve Pasadena, 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), Public Housing, Family Self-Sufficiency, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), Moderate Rehabilitation programs for Pasadena, California.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Pasadena, California.

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

How many renters live in Pasadena, California?

The City of Pasadena has 134,214 people living in 58,321 households.

There are 72,493 renters living in 35,333 renter households in this City. Renters make up 54.01 percent of the population living in Pasadena.

What is the rental market like in Pasadena, California?

There are an estimated 61,956 housing units in the Pasadena area. Of these, 33,744 units are rental homes, making up 54 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Pasadena, California, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Pasadena?

The rental vacancy rate in Pasadena is 3 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 Pasadena for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Pasadena
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
2,957 11,761 12,802 4,018 752
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Pasadena

A large number of apartments in Pasadena 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 Pasadena are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 49 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 26 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 Pasadena

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $1,777 to $3,600. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $1,777
One BR $2,006
Two BR $2,544
Three BR $3,263
Four BR $3,600
2024 Fair Market Rents in Pasadena, California

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

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 1,054 36 percent
One BR 3,592 31 percent
Two BR 1,648 13 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Pasadena, California

How many affordable rental units are in Pasadena?

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

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 1,218
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 1,384
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 207
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 67
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Pasadena, California

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

Income Based Apartments in Pasadena, California

Pasadena features 1,466 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 Pasadena, California

There are 644 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Pasadena.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Pasadena, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Pasadena landlords $900 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Pasadena.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Pasadena, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,290 and $2,798.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.