Affordable Housing Online is monitoring the federal government's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. As of March 13, 2020, Public Housing Agencies across the nation are closing their doors to the public. Most offices are still running and will communicate by phone, email, or mail. Some offices have drop boxes installed outside, so documents can still be hand-delivered. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response. To find your local PHA's contact info, browse by state here.

An extensive list of coronavirus resources for low-income households can be found here.

Affordable Housing In Emmaus
Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

7 Low Income Apartment Communities In Emmaus

Ridge Manor II

120 N 3rd St
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
$641
1 BR
Accepts Vouchers
62+

Ridge Manor

333 Ridge St
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

East Penn Place

633 Broad St
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
$618-663
1 BR
Accepts Vouchers
55+

East Penn Place II

643 Broad St
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
$618-663
1 BR
Accepts Vouchers
55+

815 - 819 Ferry St Apartments

815 Ferry St
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Accepts Vouchers

Broom Street Apartments

314 Broom St
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Accepts Vouchers

Walnut Street Apartments

624 Walnut St
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Accepts Vouchers
  • «
  • 1
  • »

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.

Income Based Apartments in Emmaus, Pennsylvania

Emmaus features 75 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 Emmaus, Pennsylvania

There are 139 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Emmaus.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Emmaus, Pennsylvania

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Emmaus landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Emmaus.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Emmaus, Pennsylvania for a two-bedroom apartment is between $923 and $1,129.

2020 Emmaus, 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 $694 $804 $1,026 $1,327 $1,390
Payment Standard Range $625 to $763 $724 to $884 $923 to $1,129 $1,194 to $1,460 $1,251 to $1,529

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com 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 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