Cheap Apartments In Allegheny County
Pennsylvania

Low Income Apartments In Allegheny County

Maple Ridge

2115 Park Hill Drive
Pittsburgh, PA
$870-925
2-3 BR
Subsidized

Perrytown Place

101 Highland Pines Drive
Pittsburgh, PA
$617-885
Studio-1 BR

Allegheny Commons

255 East Ohio Street
Pittsburgh, PA
$580-889
Studio-3 BR
Subsidized

Leechburg Gardens Apartments

1803 Garden Dr
Verona, PA
Income Based
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Homewood House

7130 Frankstown Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
1 BR
HCV Welcome
Subsidized

Munroe Tower Apartments

101 Delaware Ave.
Oakmont, PA
1 BR
Subsidized

Strawberry Patch Apartments

1000 4th St
Whitehall, PA
1 BR
Subsidized

Negley Gardens

804 Creek Street, Apt D
Tarentum, PA
Income Based
1-4 BR

The Legacy Apartments

2121 Centre Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

There are 420 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 29,237 affordable apartments for rent in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 23,039 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 10,468 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Allegheny County. There are 8,049 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Housing Authorities that serve Allegheny County

Housing Authority Programs
Allegheny County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher; Public Housing; Family Self-sufficiency

Other Housing Authorities located in Allegheny County

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher; Public Housing; Homeownership Voucher; Family Self-sufficiency; Moving to Work; Public Housing Homeownership
Housing Authority of the City of McKeesport Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher; Public Housing
Housing Authority of Indiana County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher; Public Housing

Understanding Affordable Housing in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Allegheny County, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 420
Total Low Income Apartments 29,237
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 23,039
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 35.17%
Average Renter Household Size 1.93
Total Population 1,231,145
Housing Units 529,534
Average Household Size 2.26
Median Household Income $53,040 ±$530
Median Rent $780 ±$6
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 43.59% ± 0.85pp

Population and Household Demographics

Allegheny County is a County in Pennsylvania with a population of 1,231,145. There are 529,534 households in the county with an average household size of 2.26 persons. 35.17% of households in Allegheny County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Allegheny County

The median gross income for households in Allegheny County is $53,040 a year, or $4,420 a month. The median rent for the county is $780 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Allegheny County, a household making less than $2,600 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 43.59% of households who rent are overburdened in Allegheny County.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 0.85 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Allegheny County

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.

In Allegheny County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $76,000

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 Allegheny County

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 Allegheny County HUD Rental Assistance in Allegheny County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,000 $18,250 $20,780 $25,100 $29,420 $33,740 $38,060 $42,380
50% of Median $26,600 $30,400 $34,200 $38,000 $41,050 $44,100 $47,150 $50,200
80% of Median $42,600 $48,650 $54,750 $60,800 $65,700 $70,550 $75,400 $80,300

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Allegheny County

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

From 1987 to 2012, 163 low income apartment communities containing 5,501 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Allegheny County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Allegheny County by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

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 Allegheny County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $26,600 $30,400 $34,200 $38,000 $41,050 $44,100 $47,150 $50,200
60% of Median $31,920 $36,480 $41,040 $45,600 $49,260 $52,920 $56,580 $60,240

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 Allegheny County is $41,040 a year, or $3,420 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,420 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,026 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% $665 $713 $855 $988 $1,103 $1,217
60% $798 $855 $1,026 $1,186 $1,323 $1,460
Fair Market Rents in Allegheny County

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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$647 $725 $896 $1,137 $1,248

Cities In Allegheny County

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City Listings Served By
Pittsburgh 207 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Pittsburgh are the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Duquesne 13 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Duquesne is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Munhall 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Munhall is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Turtle Creek 9 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Turtle Creek is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Carnegie 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Carnegie is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Verona 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Verona is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Pitcairn 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Pitcairn is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Bridgeville 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bridgeville is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
East Pittsburgh 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves East Pittsburgh is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Bethel Park 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bethel Park is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
West Mifflin 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Mifflin is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Millvale 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Millvale is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Oakmont 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Oakmont is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Sharpsburg 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sharpsburg is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Russellton 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Russellton is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
North Versailles 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves North Versailles is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Penn Hills 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Penn Hills is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Tarentum 9 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Tarentum is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Clairton 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Clairton is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Braddock 12 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Braddock is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Rankin 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rankin is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Crafton 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Crafton is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
West View 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West View is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Braddock Hills 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Braddock Hills is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Wilmerding 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Wilmerding is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Dormont 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Dormont is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Dravosburg 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Dravosburg is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Wilkinsburg 10 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Wilkinsburg is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Indiana 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Indiana is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Imperial 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Imperial is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Swissvale 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Swissvale is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Coraopolis 8 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Coraopolis is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Port Vue 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Port Vue is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Monroeville 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Monroeville is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Cheswick 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cheswick is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Forest Hills 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Forest Hills is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Oakdale 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Oakdale is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
North Braddock 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves North Braddock is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Findlay 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Findlay is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
White Oak 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves White Oak is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Gibsonia 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Gibsonia is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Clinton 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Clinton is the Allegheny County Housing Authority.
Harmar Township 0
Ross Township 2
Aleppo 0
Allison Park 0
Aspinwall 0
Avalon 0
Bairdford 0
Bakerstown 0
Baldwin 0
Baldwinship 0
Bell Acres 0
Bellevue 0
Ben Avon 0
Ben Avon Heights 0
Bethel Park municipality 0
Blawnox 1
Boston 0
Brackenridge 4
Bradford Woods 1
Brentwood 0
Carnot Moon 0
Castle Shannon 0
Chalfant 0
Churchill 0
Collier 0
Crescent 0
Curtisville 0
East Deer 0
East McKeesport 0
Edgewood 0
Edgeworth 0
Elizabeth 0
Elizabethship 0
Emsworth 0
Enlow 0
Etna 0
Fawn 0
Findlayship 0
Forward 0
Fox Chapel 0
Franklin Park 0
Frazer 0
Glassport 0
Glenfield 0
Glen Osborne 0
Glenshaw 0
Greenock 0
Green Tree 0
Hampton 0
Harmar 0
Harrison Township 3
Harwick 0
Haysville 0
Heidelberg 0
Homestead 11
Indianaship 0
Ingram 0
Jefferson Hills 0
Kennedy 0
Kilbuck 0
Leet 0
Leetsdale 1
Liberty 1
Lincoln 0
McCandless 0
McDonald 1
McKeesport 13
McKees Rocks 17
Marshall 0
Monroeville municipality 0
Moon 1
Mount Lebanon 0
Mount Oliver 0
Neville 0
Noblestown 0
North Fayette 0
North Versaillesship 0
O'Hara 0
Ohio 0
Penn Hillsship 0
Pennsbury Village 0
Pine 0
Pleasant Hills 0
Plum 0
Rennerdale 0
Reserve 0
Richland 0
Robinson 0
Ross 0
Rosslyn Farms 0
Scott 0
Sewickley 0
Sewickley Heights 0
Sewickley Hills 0
Shaler 0
South Fayette 0
South Park 0
South Park Township 1
South Versailles 0
Springdale 2
Springdaleship 0
Stowe 0
Sturgeon 0
Thornburg 0
Trafford 1
Upper St. Clairship 0
Upper St. Clair 0
Versailles 0
Wall 1
West Deer 0
West Elizabeth 0
West Homestead 0
Whitaker 0
Whitehall 5
Wilkins 0
Carnot-Moon 0