Affordable Housing In Pasadena
Los Angeles County, California

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37 Low Income Apartment Communities In Pasadena

La Pintoresca

1275 LA Pintoresca Drive
Pasadena, CA

Washington Villa Apartments

264 E Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA
HCV Welcome

Euclid Villa Transition Housing

154 S Euclid Ave
Pasadena, CA
HCV Welcome

Community Arms Apartments

169 E Orange Grove Blvd
Pasadena, CA
HCV Welcome

Villa Parke Homes

422 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA
HCV Welcome

Parke Los Robles

626 N Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA
HCV Welcome

Holly Street Village

151 E Holly St
Pasadena, CA
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Housing Authorities that serve Pasadena

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of Pasadena Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Pasadena, California

There are 37 low income housing apartment communities offering 2,590 affordable apartments for rent in Pasadena, California. Pasadena features 1,696 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 894 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Pasadena.

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Pasadena, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 37
Total Low Income Apartments 2,590
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,696
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.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
50% of Median $36,550 $41,800 $47,000 $52,200 $56,400 $60,600 $64,750 $68,950
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.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$1,279 $1,517 $1,956 $2,614 $2,857