Affordable Housing In Erie County
Pennsylvania

76 Low Income Apartment Communities In Erie County

Harbor Homes

1819 E 18th St
Erie, PA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Highpoint Towers

2314 Sassafras St
Erie, PA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+
Subsidized

Lake City Apartments

1055 Cherry St
Lake City, PA
$558-682
2 BR
Subsidized

Villa Maria II

815 Plum St
Erie, PA
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome
Subsidized

Willow Commons

2064 Willow St
Wesleyville, PA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+
HCV Welcome
Subsidized

Joseph A. Schmid Towers

153 E 6th St
Erie, PA
Call For Rent
1 BR

Leonard J. Ostrow Apartments

4220 Davison Ave
Erie, PA
Call For Rent
1 BR

Freedom Square Apartments

2676 Peach Street
Erie, PA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Lake City

1400 E 19th St
Erie, PA
Call For Rent
1-4 BR

John E. Horan Garden Apartments

1932 Bird Dr
Erie, PA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Family & Senior

Housing Authorities that serve Erie County

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

Other Housing Authorities located in Erie County

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of Erie Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Housing Authority of the City of Corry Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Erie County, Pennsylvania

There are 76 low income housing apartment communities offering 4,323 affordable apartments for rent in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Erie County features 3,425 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 898 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Erie County.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Erie County, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 76
Total Low Income Apartments 4,323
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 3,425
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 34.26%
Average Renter Household Size 2.20
Average Household Size 2.43
Median Household Income $45,971 ±$813
Median Rent $689 ±$10
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.83% ± 2.12pp
Total Population 279,858

Population and Household Demographics

Erie County is a County in Pennsylvania with a population of 279,858. There are 109,934 households in the county with an average household size of 2.43 persons. 34.26% of households in Erie County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Erie County

The median gross income for households in Erie County is $45,971 a year, or $3,831 a month. The median rent for the county is $689 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Erie County, a household making less than $2,297 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46.83% of households who rent are overburdened in Erie County.1

Area Median Income In Erie County

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.

In Erie County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $66,800

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 Erie County

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 Erie County HUD Rental Assistance in Erie County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,050 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $23,400 $26,750 $30,100 $33,400 $36,100 $38,750 $41,450 $44,100
80% of Median $37,450 $42,800 $48,150 $53,450 $57,750 $62,050 $66,300 $70,600
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Erie County

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1988 to 2012, 24 low income apartment communities containing 653 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Erie County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

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 Erie County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $23,400 $26,750 $30,100 $33,400 $36,100 $38,750 $41,450 $44,100
60% of Median $28,080 $32,100 $36,120 $40,080 $43,320 $46,500 $49,740 $52,920

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 Erie County is $36,120 a year, or $3,010 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,010 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $903 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% $585 $627 $753 $869 $969 $1,069
60% $702 $752 $903 $1,043 $1,163 $1,283
Fair Market Rents in Erie County

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
$580 $600 $775 $966 $1,050

Cities In Erie County

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City Listings Served By
Erie 61 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Erie are the Housing Authority of the City of Erie and Housing Authority of the County of Erie.
Albion 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Albion is the Housing Authority of the County of Erie.
Edinboro 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Edinboro is the Housing Authority of the County of Erie.
Harborcreek 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Harborcreek is the Housing Authority of the County of Erie.
Fairview 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fairview is the Housing Authority of the County of Erie.
Waterford 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Waterford is the Housing Authority of the County of Erie.
Corry 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Corry are the Housing Authority of the City of Corry and Housing Authority of the County of Erie.
North East 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves North East is the Housing Authority of the County of Erie.
Amity 0
Avonia 0
Concord Township 0
Conneaut 0
Cranesville 0
Elgin 0
Elk Creek 0
Fairviewship 0
Franklin 0
Girard 0
Girardship 0
Greene 0
Greenfield 0
Harborcreekship 0
Lake City 1
Lawrence Parkship 0
Lawrence Park 0
LeBoeuf 0
McKean 0
McKeanship 0
Millcreek 0
Mill Village 0
North Eastship 0
Northwest Harborcreek 0
Penn State Erie (Behrend) 0
Platea 0
Springfield 0
Summit 0
Union 0
Union City 0
Venango 0
Washington 0
Waterfordship 0
Wattsburg 0
Wayne 0
Wesleyville 1