Affordable Housing In Allentown
Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

45 Low Income Apartment Communities In Allentown

West Turner Residences

449 West Turner Street
Allentown, PA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+
Accepts Vouchers

Allentown Center Square

15 North 7th Street
Allentown, PA
$530
1 BR
62+

Cedar Village Apartments

4234 Dorney Park Rd
Allentown, PA
$563-592
1 BR
Accepts Vouchers
55+

Overlook Park

445 Hanover Avenue
Allentown, PA
Call For Rent
1-4 BR

Overlook Park

445 Hanover Ave
Allentown, PA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Family & Senior

John T. Gross Towers

1339 W Allen St
Allentown, PA
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
Subsidized

Little Lehigh Manor

824 Jackson Street
Allentown, PA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Allentown Towne House Apartments

1827 W Walnut Street
Allentown, PA
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized
62+

Central Park

683 N Wahneta St
Allentown, PA
Income Based
1 BR
Accessible
62+

700 Building

700 W Union St
Allentown, PA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Accessible
62+

Housing Authorities that serve Allentown

Housing Authority Programs
Allentown Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Allentown, Pennsylvania

There are 45 low income housing apartment communities offering 2,583 affordable apartments for rent in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Allentown features 2,183 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 352 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Allentown.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Allentown, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 45
Total Low Income Apartments 2,583
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 2,183
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 53.92%
Average Renter Household Size 2.74
Average Household Size 2.76
Median Household Income $36,930 ±$1,287
Median Rent $884 ±$13
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 59.7% ± 3.02pp
Total Population 119,261

Population and Household Demographics

Allentown is a City in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania with a population of 119,261. There are 41,244 households in the city with an average household size of 2.76 persons. 53.92% of households in Allentown are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Allentown

The median gross income for households in Allentown is $36,930 a year, or $3,078 a month. The median rent for the city is $884 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Allentown, a household making less than $2,947 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 59.7% of households who rent are overburdened in Allentown.1

Area Median Income In Allentown

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 Allentown, the AMI is calculated from all households within Lehigh County.

In Allentown, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $78,400

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 Allentown

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 Allentown HUD Rental Assistance in Allentown

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,450 $18,800 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $27,450 $31,400 $35,300 $39,200 $42,350 $45,500 $48,650 $51,750
80% of Median $43,900 $50,200 $56,450 $62,700 $67,750 $72,750 $77,750 $82,800
Fair Market Rents in Allentown

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
$694 $804 $1,026 $1,327 $1,390