Affordable Housing In Berks County
Pennsylvania

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There are 58 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 4,601 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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Properties58
Total Low Income Apartments4,601
Total Rent Assisted Apartments3,543
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters28.11%
Average Renter Household Size2.48
Total Population413,965
Housing Units153,312
Average Household Size2.61
Median Household Income$55,936 ±$756
Median Rent$851 ±$10
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened50.14% ± 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 Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 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 Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 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 AMIStudio2 Bed3 Bed4 Bed1 Bed5 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
StudioOne BRTwo BRThree BRFour BR
$606$722$955$1,195$1,316

Cities In Berks County

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CityListingsServed By
Adamstown0
Albany0
Alleghenyville0
Alsace0
Alsace Manor0
Amity0
Amity Gardens0
Bally0
Baumstown0
Bechtelsville0
Bern0
Bernville0
Bethel0
Bethelship0
Birdsboro1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Birdsboro is the Berks County Housing Authority.
Blandon0
Bowers0
Boyertown1
Brecknock0
Caernarvon0
Centerport0
Centre0
Colebrookdale0
Colony Park0
Cumru0
Dauberville0
District0
Douglass0
Douglassville3The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Douglassville is the Berks County Housing Authority.
Dryville0
Earl0
Edenburg0
Exeter0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Exeter is the Berks County Housing Authority.
Exetership0
Fleetwood1
Flying Hills0
Fox Chase0
Frystown0
Gibraltar0
Gouglersville0
Greenfields0
Greenwich0
Grill0
Hamburg4The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hamburg is the Berks County Housing Authority.
Heidelberg0
Hereford0
Herefordship0
Hyde Park0
Jacksonwald0
Jefferson0
Kempton0
Kenhorst0
Kutztown3
Kutztown University0
Laureldale0
Leesport2
Lenhartsville0
Lincoln Park0
Longswamp0
Lorane0
Lower Alsace0
Lower Heidelberg0
Lyons0
Maidencreek0
Marion0
Maxatawny0
Mertztown0
Mohnton1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mohnton is the Berks County Housing Authority.
Mohrsville0
Montrose Manor0
Morgantown0
Mount Aetna0
Mount Penn0
Muhlenberg0
Muhlenberg Park0
New Berlinville0
New Jerusalem0
New Morgan0
New Schaefferstown0
North Heidelberg0
Oley0
Oleyship0
Ontelaunee0
Penn0
Pennside0
Pennwyn0
Perry0
Pike0
Reading35The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Reading are the Reading Housing Authority and Berks County Housing Authority.
Rehrersburg0
Reiffton0
Richmond0
Riverview Park0
Robeson0
Robesonia1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Robesonia is the Berks County Housing Authority.
Rockland0
Ruscombmanor0
Schubert0
Shartlesville0
Shillington1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Shillington is the Berks County Housing Authority.
Shoemakersville1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Shoemakersville is the Berks County Housing Authority.
Sinking Spring0
South Heidelberg0
South Temple0
Spring0
Spring Ridge0
Springmont0
St. Lawrence0
Stony Creek Mills0
Stouchsburg0
Strausstown0
Temple0
Tilden0
Topton1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Topton is the Berks County Housing Authority.
Tulpehocken0
Union0
Upper Bern0
Upper Tulpehocken0
Virginville0
Walnuttown0
Washington0
Wernersville0
West Hamburg0
West Lawn1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Lawn is the Berks County Housing Authority.
West Reading1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Reading is the Berks County Housing Authority.
West Wyomissing0
Whitfield0
Windsor0
Womelsdorf1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Womelsdorf is the Berks County Housing Authority.
Wyomissing0