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There are 40 low-income apartments in California that offer reduced rents to eligible households.

Rental assistance programs support 164 low-income homes in California where households pay rent based on how much they earn. For 2023, elgible households participating in federally assisted housing pay an average of $405 towards rent each month.

Affordable rent data for some communities last confirmed on March 5th, 2020. Subdsidized rents typically change once a year based on federal guidance.

Public Housing Agencies Serving California, Pennsylvania

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Housing Authority Programs
Washington County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Go to the Pennsylvania Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near California.

California, Pennsylvania Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in California, Pennsylvania

California features 164 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in California, Pennsylvania

There are 40 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in California.

Housing Choice Vouchers in California, Pennsylvania

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay California landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in California.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in California, Pennsylvania for a two-bedroom apartment is between $981 and $1,199.

2023 California, Pennsylvania Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
California, Pennsylvania Fair Market Rent $862 $904 $1,090 $1,386 $1,515
California, Pennsylvania Payment Standard Range $776 to $948 $814 to $994 $981 to $1,199 $1,247 to $1,525 $1,364 to $1,667

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

California, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 5
Total Low Income Apartments 204
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 164
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 44.35%
Average Renter Household Size 2.00
Average Household Size 2.13
Median Household Income $36,806 ±$4,999
Median Rent $475 ±$41
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.86% ± 11.37pp
Total Population 6,657

Population and Household Demographics

California is a city in Washington County, Pennsylvania with a population of 6,657. There are 2,451 households in the city with an average household size of 2.13 persons. 44.35% of households in California are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in California

The median gross income for households in California is $36,806 a year, or $3,067 a month. The median rent for the city is $475 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In California, a household making less than $1,583 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.86% of households who rent are overburdened in California.

Area Median Income In California

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 California, the AMI is calculated from all households within Washington County.

In California, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $102,600

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 California

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 HUD Rental Assistance in California

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the California AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$21,100 $24,100 $27,100 $30,100 $35,140 $40,280 $45,420 $50,560
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the California AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$35,150 $40,200 $45,200 $50,200 $54,250 $58,250 $62,250 $66,300
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the California AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$56,250 $64,250 $72,300 $80,300 $86,750 $93,150 $99,600 $106,000