Affordable Housing In Carbondale
Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

3 Low Income Apartment Communities In Carbondale

Summit Gardens

105 Westgate Dr
Carbondale, PA
Subsidized

John Street

2 Russell St
Carbondale, PA

South High Rise

60 S Main St
Carbondale, PA
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There are 3 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 560 affordable apartments for rent in Carbondale. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 560 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Carbondale, HUD housing programs support 216 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 0 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Carbondale

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Carbondale, Pennsylvania

Carbondale, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 560
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 560
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 41.94%
Average Renter Household Size 2.13
Total Population 8,773
Housing Units 3,813
Average Household Size 2.24
Median Household Income $32,443 ±$4,054
Median Rent $512 ±$55
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 44.47% ± 8.28pp

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.1

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 $67,000

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 Carbondale 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 $14,100 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $23,450 $26,800 $30,150 $33,500 $36,200 $38,900 $41,550 $44,250
80% of Median $37,550 $42,900 $48,250 $53,600 $57,900 $62,200 $66,500 $70,800

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.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Carbondale

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $23,450 $26,800 $30,150 $33,500 $36,200 $38,900 $41,550 $44,250
60% of Median $28,140 $32,160 $36,180 $40,200 $43,440 $46,680 $49,860 $53,100

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 Carbondale is $36,180 a year, or $3,015 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,015 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $905 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 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $586 $628 $754 $871 $973 $1,073
60% $704 $754 $905 $1,046 $1,167 $1,287
Fair Market Rents in Carbondale

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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$541 $636 $780 $1,007 $1,102