Affordable Housing In Berks County
Pennsylvania

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There are 59 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 4,605 affordable apartments for rent in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 3,543 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 1,180 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Berks County. There are 1,661 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Berks County is the Berks County Housing Authority.

Affordable Apartments in Berks County

Image of Skyline View Apartments
50 North 9th Street
Reading, Pennsylvania
Skyline View Apartments is a 140 unit low income housing apartment community that provides St.-1 bedroom apartments for rent in Reading. Rents at Skyline View Apartments are $383-674.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
Image of Reading Elderly Housing
100 N Front St
Reading, Pennsylvania
Reading Elderly Housing is a 201 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Reading.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
Image of Penns Crossing
1400 W. Wyomissing Blvd.
West Lawn, Pennsylvania
Penns Crossing is a low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in West Lawn.
20 South Summit Avenue
Shillington, Pennsylvania
Sencit Towne House Apartments is a 200 unit low income housing apartment community in Shillington.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
300 Lackawanna St
Reading, Pennsylvania
Jamestown Village is a 275 unit low income housing apartment community in Reading.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance

Housing Authorities that serve Berks County

The Berks County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Other Housing Authorities located in Berks County

Understanding Affordable Housing in Berks County, Pennsylvania

Berks County, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 59
Total Low Income Apartments 4,605
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 3,543
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 28.11%
Average Renter Household Size 2.48
Total Population 413,965
Housing Units 153,312
Average Household Size 2.61
Median Household Income $55,936 ±$756
Median Rent $851 ±$10
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 50.14% ± 1.79pp

Population and Household Demographics

Berks County is a County in Pennsylvania with a population of 413,965. There are 153,312 households in the county with an average household size of 2.61 persons. 28.11% of households in Berks County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Berks County

The median gross income for households in Berks County is $55,936 a year, or $4,661 a month. The median rent for the county is $851 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Berks County, a household making less than $2,837 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 50.14% of households who rent are overburdened in Berks County.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 1.79 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Berks 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 Berks County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $68,900

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 Berks 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.

Berks County HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% $14,500 $16,550 $20,420 $24,600 $28,780 $32,960 $37,140 $41,320
50% $24,150 $27,600 $31,050 $34,450 $37,250 $40,000 $42,750 $45,500
80% $38,600 $44,100 $49,600 $55,100 $59,550 $63,950 $68,350 $72,750

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 Berks County

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

From 1988 to 2008, 30 low income apartment communities containing 814 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Berks County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Berks 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.

Berks County Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% $24,150 $27,600 $31,050 $34,450 $37,250 $40,000 $42,750 $45,500
HERA 50% $26,550 $30,350 $34,150 $37,900 $40,950 $44,000 $47,000 $50,050
60% $28,980 $33,120 $37,260 $41,340 $44,700 $48,000 $51,300 $54,600
HERA 60% $31,860 $36,420 $40,980 $45,480 $49,140 $52,800 $56,400 $60,060

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 Berks County is $37,260 a year, or $3,105 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,105 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $932 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 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 1 Bed 5 Bed
50% $604 $647 $776 $896 $1,000 $1,103
60% $725 $776 $932 $1,076 $1,200 $1,324
Fair Market Rents in Berks 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.

2017 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$606 $722 $955 $1,195 $1,316

Cities In Berks County

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City Listings Served By
Adamstown 0
Albany 0
Alleghenyville 0
Alsace 0
Alsace Manor 0
Amity 0
Amity Gardens 0
Bally 0
Baumstown 0
Bechtelsville 0
Bern 0
Bernville 0
Bethel 0
Bethelship 0
Birdsboro 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Birdsboro is the Berks County Housing Authority.
Blandon 0
Bowers 0
Boyertown 1
Brecknock 0
Caernarvon 0
Centerport 0
Centre 0
Colebrookdale 0
Colony Park 0
Cumru 0
Dauberville 0
District 0
Douglass 0
Douglassville 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Douglassville is the Berks County Housing Authority.
Dryville 0
Earl 0
Edenburg 0
Exeter 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Exeter is the Berks County Housing Authority.
Exetership 0
Fleetwood 1
Flying Hills 0
Fox Chase 0
Frystown 0
Gibraltar 0
Gouglersville 0
Greenfields 0
Greenwich 0
Grill 0
Hamburg 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hamburg is the Berks County Housing Authority.
Heidelberg 0
Hereford 0
Herefordship 0
Hyde Park 0
Jacksonwald 0
Jefferson 0
Kempton 0
Kenhorst 0
Kutztown 2
Kutztown University 0
Laureldale 0
Leesport 2
Lenhartsville 0
Lincoln Park 0
Longswamp 0
Lorane 0
Lower Alsace 0
Lower Heidelberg 0
Lyons 0
Maidencreek 0
Marion 0
Maxatawny 0
Mertztown 0
Mohnton 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mohnton is the Berks County Housing Authority.
Mohrsville 0
Montrose Manor 0
Morgantown 0
Mount Aetna 0
Mount Penn 0
Muhlenberg 0
Muhlenberg Park 0
New Berlinville 0
New Jerusalem 0
New Morgan 0
New Schaefferstown 0
North Heidelberg 0
Oley 0
Oleyship 0
Ontelaunee 0
Penn 1
Pennside 0
Pennwyn 0
Perry 0
Pike 0
Reading 35 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Reading are the Reading Housing Authority and Berks County Housing Authority.
Rehrersburg 0
Reiffton 0
Richmond 0
Riverview Park 0
Robeson 0
Robesonia 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Robesonia is the Berks County Housing Authority.
Rockland 0
Ruscombmanor 0
Schubert 0
Shartlesville 0
Shillington 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Shillington is the Berks County Housing Authority.
Shoemakersville 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Shoemakersville is the Berks County Housing Authority.
Sinking Spring 0
South Heidelberg 0
South Temple 0
Spring 0
Spring Ridge 0
Springmont 0
St. Lawrence 0
Stony Creek Mills 0
Stouchsburg 0
Strausstown 0
Temple 0
Tilden 0
Topton 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Topton is the Berks County Housing Authority.
Tulpehocken 0
Union 0
Upper Bern 0
Upper Tulpehocken 0
Virginville 0
Walnuttown 0
Washington 0
Wernersville 0
West Hamburg 0
West Lawn 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Lawn is the Berks County Housing Authority.
West Reading 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Reading is the Berks County Housing Authority.
West Wyomissing 0
Whitfield 0
Windsor 0
Womelsdorf 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Womelsdorf is the Berks County Housing Authority.
Wyomissing 0