Affordable Housing In Emmaus
Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

7 Low Income Apartment Communities In Emmaus

Ridge Manor II

120 N 3rd St
Emmaus, PA
1 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Ridge Manor

333 Ridge St
Emmaus, PA
Call For Rent
1 BR

East Penn Place

633 Broad St
Emmaus, PA
1 BR
Accepts Vouchers

East Penn Place II

643 Broad St
Emmaus, PA
1 BR
Accepts Vouchers

815 - 819 Ferry St Apartments

815 Ferry St
Emmaus, PA
Accepts Vouchers

Broom Street Apartments

314 Broom St
Emmaus, PA
Accepts Vouchers

Walnut Street Apartments

624 Walnut St
Emmaus, PA
Accepts Vouchers
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Housing Authorities that serve Emmaus

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Emmaus, Pennsylvania

There are 7 low income housing apartment communities offering 214 affordable apartments for rent in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Emmaus features 75 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 139 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Emmaus.

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Emmaus, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 7
Total Low Income Apartments 214
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 75
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 36.26%
Average Renter Household Size 1.68
Average Household Size 2.24
Median Household Income $54,029 ±$4,353
Median Rent $945 ±$54
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 45.58% ± 10.15pp
Total Population 11,342

Population and Household Demographics

Emmaus is a City in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania with a population of 11,342. There are 5,052 households in the city with an average household size of 2.24 persons. 36.26% of households in Emmaus are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Emmaus

The median gross income for households in Emmaus is $54,029 a year, or $4,502 a month. The median rent for the city is $945 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Emmaus, a household making less than $3,150 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 45.58% of households who rent are overburdened in Emmaus.1

Area Median Income In Emmaus

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 Emmaus, the AMI is calculated from all households within Lehigh County.

In Emmaus, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $78,400

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 Emmaus

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 Emmaus HUD Rental Assistance in Emmaus

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,450 $18,800 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $27,450 $31,400 $35,300 $39,200 $42,350 $45,500 $48,650 $51,750
80% of Median $43,900 $50,200 $56,450 $62,700 $67,750 $72,750 $77,750 $82,800
Fair Market Rents in Emmaus

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.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$694 $804 $1,026 $1,327 $1,390