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Affordable Housing In Carbondale
Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

3 Low Income Apartment Communities In Carbondale

Summit Gardens

105 Westgate Dr
Carbondale, Pennsylvania

John Street

2 Russell St
Carbondale, Pennsylvania

South High Rise

60 S Main St
Carbondale, Pennsylvania
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Housing Authorities that serve Carbondale

Housing Authority Programs
Carbondale Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Carbondale, Pennsylvania

There are 3 low income housing apartment communities offering 560 affordable apartments for rent in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.

Income Based Apartments in Carbondale, Pennsylvania

Carbondale features 560 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 Carbondale, Pennsylvania

There are 0 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Carbondale.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Carbondale, Pennsylvania

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Carbondale landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Carbondale.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Carbondale, Pennsylvania for a two-bedroom apartment is between $755 and $923.

2021 Carbondale, 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
Fair Market Rent $590 $685 $839 $1,082 $1,156
Payment Standard Range $531 to $649 $617 to $754 $755 to $923 $974 to $1,190 $1,040 to $1,272

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Carbondale, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 560
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 560
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 41.94%
Average Renter Household Size 2.13
Average Household Size 2.24
Median Household Income $32,443 ±$4,054
Median Rent $512 ±$55
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 44.47% ± 8.28pp
Total Population 8,773

Population and Household Demographics

Carbondale is a city in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania with a population of 8,773. There are 3,813 households in the city with an average household size of 2.24 persons. 41.94% of households in Carbondale are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Carbondale

The median gross income for households in Carbondale is $32,443 a year, or $2,704 a month. The median rent for the city is $512 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Carbondale, a household making less than $1,707 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 44.47% of households who rent are overburdened in Carbondale.

Area Median Income In Carbondale

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 Carbondale, the AMI is calculated from all households within Lackawanna County.

In Carbondale, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $71,700

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 Carbondale

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 Carbondale

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $15,050 $17,240 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $25,100 $28,700 $32,300 $35,850 $38,750 $41,600 $44,500 $47,350
80% of Median $40,150 $45,900 $51,650 $57,350 $61,950 $66,550 $71,150 $75,750