Affordable Housing In Erie County
Pennsylvania

74 Low Income Apartment Communities In Erie County

Lake City Apartments

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

Barnett Building

32 W Pearl St
Albion, PA
Subsidized

Smith Street Commons

49 W Smith St
Corry, PA
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
Subsidized

First Erie Better Housing West

226 E 17th St
Erie, PA
Subsidized

Covington Valley Estates

5300 Covington Valley Dr
Erie, PA
Subsidized

Center City Apartments

245 E 18th St
Erie, PA
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

East 15th Street Apartments

416 E 15th St
Erie, PA
Subsidized

Metro Apartments

1207 German St
Erie, PA
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Poplar Place

3407 Poplar St
Erie, PA
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
HCV Welcome
Subsidized

Titus House

727 French St
Erie, PA
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
Subsidized

There are 74 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 4,850 affordable apartments for rent in Erie County. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 3,947 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Erie County, HUD housing programs support 1,044 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 903 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

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

Erie County, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 74
Total Low Income Apartments 4,850
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 3,947
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 34.26%
Average Renter Household Size 2.20
Total Population 279,858
Housing Units 109,934
Average Household Size 2.43
Median Household Income $45,971 ±$813
Median Rent $689 ±$10
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.83% ± 2.12pp

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
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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$608 $631 $812 $1,027 $1,098

Cities In Erie County

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City Listings Served By
Erie 60 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 0