Affordable Housing In Lancaster County
Pennsylvania

40 Low Income Apartment Communities In Lancaster County

Willow Run

26 Utley Place
Willow Street, PA
$743-1,154
2-3 BR
Accessible
HCV Welcome

East High Village

554 E High St
Elizabethtown, PA
Income Based
1-2 BR

Sylvan Retreat Apartments

400 South Rockford Road
Mountville, PA
Income Based
1 BR
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Brunswick Farms Apartments

373 Hampden Drive
Lancaster, PA
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Oak Bottom Village

123 Groffdale Drive
Quarryville, PA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Sassafras Terrace Apartments

330 E Main St
Mount Joy, PA
$831-1,285
1-4 BR
HCV Welcome

The Willows at Manor Heights

221 Linville Dr
Mountville, PA
HCV Welcome

Denver Valley

99 Monroe Street
Denver, PA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Rockford Chase Apartments

375 South Rockford Road
Mountville, PA
$715-925
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Millersville Manor

25 Lee Ave
Millersville, PA
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
Subsidized

Housing Authorities that serve Lancaster County

Housing Authority Programs
Lancaster County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Other Housing Authorities located in Lancaster County

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

There are 40 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,756 affordable apartments for rent in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Lancaster County features 846 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 850 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Lancaster County.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Lancaster County, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 40
Total Low Income Apartments 1,756
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 846
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 31.12%
Average Renter Household Size 2.38
Average Household Size 2.64
Median Household Income $57,721 ±$761
Median Rent $908 ±$11
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 48.78% ± 1.63pp
Total Population 530,216

Population and Household Demographics

Lancaster County is a County in Pennsylvania with a population of 530,216. There are 195,330 households in the county with an average household size of 2.64 persons. 31.12% of households in Lancaster County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Lancaster County

The median gross income for households in Lancaster County is $57,721 a year, or $4,810 a month. The median rent for the county is $908 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Lancaster County, a household making less than $3,027 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 48.78% of households who rent are overburdened in Lancaster County.1

Area Median Income In Lancaster 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 Lancaster County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $76,200

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 Lancaster 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 Lancaster County HUD Rental Assistance in Lancaster County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,000 $18,300 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $26,700 $30,500 $34,300 $38,100 $41,150 $44,200 $47,250 $50,300
80% of Median $42,700 $48,800 $54,900 $60,950 $65,850 $70,750 $75,600 $80,500
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Lancaster County

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

From 1987 to 2012, 38 low income apartment communities containing 1,794 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Lancaster 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 Lancaster County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $26,700 $30,500 $34,300 $38,100 $41,150 $44,200 $47,250 $50,300
60% of Median $32,040 $36,600 $41,160 $45,720 $49,380 $53,040 $56,700 $60,360

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 Lancaster County is $41,160 a year, or $3,430 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,430 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,029 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% $668 $715 $858 $991 $1,105 $1,219
60% $801 $858 $1,029 $1,189 $1,326 $1,463
Fair Market Rents in Lancaster 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
$684 $812 $1,021 $1,293 $1,383

Cities In Lancaster County

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City Listings Served By
Quarryville 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Quarryville is the Lancaster County Housing Authority.
Elizabethtown 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Elizabethtown is the Lancaster County Housing Authority.
Ephrata 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Ephrata is the Lancaster County Housing Authority.
Millersville 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Millersville is the Lancaster County Housing Authority.
Mountville 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mountville is the Lancaster County Housing Authority.
Salisbury 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Salisbury is the Lancaster County Housing Authority.
Denver 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Denver is the Lancaster County Housing Authority.
Paradise 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Paradise is the Lancaster County Housing Authority.
New Holland 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves New Holland is the Lancaster County Housing Authority.
Petersburg 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Petersburg is the Lancaster County Housing Authority.
Lancaster 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lancaster is the Lancaster City Housing Authority.
Akron 0
Bainbridge 0
Bart 0
Bird in Hand 0
Blue Ball 0
Bowmansville 0
Brecknock 0
Brickerville 0
Brownstown 0
Caernarvon 0
Christiana 0
Churchtown 0
Clay 0
Clayship 0
Colerain 0
Columbia 0
Conestoga 0
Conestogaship 0
Conoy 0
Drumore 0
Earl 0
East Cocalico 0
East Donegal 0
East Drumore 0
East Earl 0
East Earlship 0
East Hempfield 0
East Lampeter 0
East Petersburg 0
Eden 0
Elizabeth 0
Ephrataship 0
Falmouth 0
Farmersville 0
Fivepointville 0
Fulton 0
Gap 0
Georgetown 0
Goodville 0
Gordonville 0
Hopeland 0
Intercourse 0
Kirkwood 0
Lampeter 0
Lancastership 0
Landisville 1
Leacock 0
Leola 1
Lititz 7
Little Britain 0
Little Britainship 0
Manheim 0
Manheimship 0
Manor 0
Marietta 1
Martic 0
Maytown 1
Mount Joy 3
Mount Joyship 0
Paradiseship 0
Penn 0
Penryn 0
Pequea 0
Providence 0
Rapho 0
Reamstown 0
Refton 0
Reinholds 0
Rheems 0
Ronks 0
Rothsville 0
Sadsbury 0
Salisburyship 0
Salunga 0
Schoeneck 0
Smoketown 0
Soudersburg 0
Stevens 0
Strasburg 0
Strasburgship 0
Swartzville 0
Terre Hill 0
Upper Leacock 0
Warwick 0
Washington Boro 0
West Cocalico 0
West Donegal 0
West Earl 0
West Hempfield 0
West Lampeter 0
Willow Street 1
Witmer 0
Bird-in-Hand 0