Affordable Housing In Pittsfield
Berkshire County, Massachusetts

19 Low Income Apartment Communities In Pittsfield

Central Annex - Union Court

99 2nd Street
Pittsfield, MA
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
Subsidized

Berkshire Town Apartments

176 Columbus Avenue
Pittsfield, MA
Income Based
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Oak Hill Apartments

467 Crane Ave
Pittsfield, MA

Pittsfield Ymca

292 North St
Pittsfield, MA
HCV Welcome

Capitol Square Apartments

31 Bradford St
Pittsfield, MA
HCV Welcome
Subsidized

Epworth Arms

350 West St
Pittsfield, MA
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Linden Street 85

85 Linden St
Pittsfield, MA
Subsidized

Linden Street 39

39 Linden St
Pittsfield, MA
Subsidized

Bradford St 161 Pittsfield Nsa

161 Bradford St
Pittsfield, MA
Subsidized

First St 28 - 32

28 1st St
Pittsfield, MA
Subsidized

Housing Authorities that serve Pittsfield

Housing Authority Programs
Pittsfield Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Moving to Work

Other Housing Authorities located in Pittsfield

Housing Authority Programs
Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 19 low income housing apartment communities offering 863 affordable apartments for rent in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Pittsfield features 621 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 181 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Pittsfield.

Pittsfield, MA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 19
Total Low Income Apartments 863
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 621
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 39.04%
Average Renter Household Size 2.12
Average Household Size 2.22
Median Household Income $43,916 ±$2,052
Median Rent $785 ±$35
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 52% ± 4.52pp
Total Population 43,926

Population and Household Demographics

Pittsfield is a City in Berkshire County, Massachusetts with a population of 43,926. There are 19,258 households in the city with an average household size of 2.22 persons. 39.04% of households in Pittsfield are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Pittsfield

The median gross income for households in Pittsfield is $43,916 a year, or $3,660 a month. The median rent for the city is $785 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Pittsfield, a household making less than $2,617 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 52% of households who rent are overburdened in Pittsfield.1

Area Median Income In Pittsfield

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 Pittsfield, the AMI is calculated from all households within Berkshire County.

In Pittsfield, 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 Pittsfield

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 Pittsfield HUD Rental Assistance in Pittsfield

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $18,650 $21,300 $23,950 $26,600 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $31,050 $35,500 $39,950 $44,350 $47,900 $51,450 $55,000 $58,550
80% of Median $49,700 $56,800 $63,900 $70,950 $76,650 $82,350 $88,000 $93,700
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Pittsfield

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

From 2000 to 2009, 4 low income apartment communities containing 294 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Pittsfield 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 Pittsfield

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $31,050 $35,500 $39,950 $44,350 $47,900 $51,450 $55,000 $58,550
60% of Median $37,260 $42,600 $47,940 $53,220 $57,480 $61,740 $66,000 $70,260

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 Pittsfield is $47,940 a year, or $3,995 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,995 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,199 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% $776 $832 $999 $1,153 $1,286 $1,419
60% $932 $998 $1,199 $1,384 $1,544 $1,703
Fair Market Rents in Pittsfield

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
$669 $815 $1,026 $1,309 $1,428