Affordable Housing In Pasadena
Los Angeles County, California

Waiting List Openings In Pasadena

38 Low Income Apartment Communities In Pasadena

Hudson Gardens

1255 N Hudson Ave
Pasadena, California
Subsidized

Villa Raymond

455 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, California
Subsidized

Concord Pasadena

275 Cordova St
Pasadena, California
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Dudley House

2131 E Dudley St
Pasadena, California
Subsidized
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing

Pilgrim Towers East

440 N Madison Ave
Pasadena, California
Subsidized

Kings Villages

1141 N Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, California
Subsidized

Sierra Rose House

3053 E Del Mar Blvd
Pasadena, California

Allen House

1808 Las Lunas St
Pasadena, California
Subsidized
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing

Ashtabula Homes

386 E. Ashtabula Street
Pasadena, California
Subsidized
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing

Wagner House

1894 Wagner St
Pasadena, California
Subsidized
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in 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.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Pasadena, California

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of Pasadena Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Los Angeles County Development Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-Sufficiency; Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Moderate Rehabilitation

Guide To Affordable Housing in Pasadena, California

There are 38 low income housing apartment communities offering 2,610 affordable apartments for rent in Pasadena, California.

Income Based Apartments in Pasadena, California

Pasadena features 1,760 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 850 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 $1,840 and $2,248.

2022 Pasadena, 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
Pasadena, California Fair Market Rent $1,384 $1,604 $2,044 $2,693 $2,933
Pasadena, California Payment Standard Range $1,246 to $1,522 $1,444 to $1,764 $1,840 to $2,248 $2,424 to $2,962 $2,640 to $3,226

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Pasadena, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 38
Total Low Income Apartments 2,610
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,760
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 56.37%
Average Renter Household Size 2.38
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
Total Population 139,899

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.

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 $80,000

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 HUD Rental Assistance in Pasadena

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Pasadena AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$24,850 $28,400 $31,950 $35,450 $38,300 $41,150 $44,000 $46,800
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Pasadena AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$41,400 $47,300 $53,200 $59,100 $63,850 $68,600 $73,300 $78,050
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Pasadena AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$66,250 $75,700 $85,150 $94,600 $102,200 $109,750 $117,350 $124,900