Affordable Housing In East Orange
Essex County, New Jersey

32 Low Income Apartment Communities In East Orange

The Brookside

777 Springdale Ave.
East Orange, NJ
Studio-1 BR

Arlington House

55-57 South Munn Avenue
East Orange, NJ
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Corinthian Towers

67 S Munn Ave
East Orange, NJ

Kuzuri Kijiji

19 Freeway Dr E STE Off
East Orange, NJ

Norman Towers

500 N Walnut St
East Orange, NJ

Park Terrace Apartments

321 Park Ave
East Orange, NJ

Brick Church Commons

39 Lincoln St
East Orange, NJ
HCV Welcome

East Orange Community Homes D

1 S Maple Ave
East Orange, NJ

Hampshire House

129 N Arlington Ave
East Orange, NJ

Heritage House

50 S Munn Ave
East Orange, NJ

Housing Authorities that serve East Orange

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of East Orange Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in East Orange, New Jersey

According to federal housing data and research, there are 32 low income housing apartment communities offering 3,160 affordable apartments for rent in East Orange, New Jersey. East Orange features 2,369 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 791 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in East Orange.

East Orange, NJ Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 32
Total Low Income Apartments 3,160
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 2,369
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 73.95%
Average Renter Household Size 2.25
Average Household Size 2.49
Median Household Income $36,921 ±$1,643
Median Rent $991 ±$15
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 56.13% ± 3.38pp
Total Population 64,578

Population and Household Demographics

East Orange is a City in Essex County, New Jersey with a population of 64,578. There are 25,526 households in the city with an average household size of 2.49 persons. 73.95% of households in East Orange are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in East Orange

The median gross income for households in East Orange is $36,921 a year, or $3,077 a month. The median rent for the city is $991 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In East Orange, a household making less than $3,303 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 56.13% of households who rent are overburdened in East Orange.1

Area Median Income In East Orange

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 East Orange, the AMI is calculated from all households within Essex County.

In East Orange, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $100,600

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 East Orange

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 East Orange HUD Rental Assistance in East Orange

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $21,150 $24,200 $27,200 $30,200 $32,650 $35,050 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $35,250 $40,250 $45,300 $50,300 $54,350 $58,350 $62,400 $66,400
80% of Median $52,850 $60,400 $67,950 $75,500 $81,550 $87,600 $93,650 $99,700
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in East Orange

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

From 1992 to 2010, 10 low income apartment communities containing 673 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in East Orange 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 East Orange

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $35,250 $40,250 $45,300 $50,300 $54,350 $58,350 $62,400 $66,400
60% of Median $42,300 $48,300 $54,360 $60,360 $65,220 $70,020 $74,880 $79,680

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 East Orange is $54,360 a year, or $4,530 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,530 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,359 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% $881 $944 $1,133 $1,308 $1,459 $1,610
60% $1,058 $1,133 $1,359 $1,570 $1,751 $1,932
Fair Market Rents in East Orange

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
$1,034 $1,218 $1,483 $1,891 $2,236