Affordable Housing In Lehigh County
Pennsylvania

72 Low Income Apartment Communities In Lehigh County

West Turner Residences

449 West Turner Street
Allentown, PA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+
HCV Welcome

Allentown Center Square

15 North 7th Street
Allentown, PA
$530
1 BR
62+

Clarence Aungst Towers

1101 Seneca St
Fountain Hill, PA
Income Based
1 BR
62+
Accessible

Cedar Village Apartments

4234 Dorney Park Rd
Allentown, PA
$563-592
1 BR
55+
HCV Welcome

Overlook Park

445 Hanover Avenue
Allentown, PA
Call For Rent
1-4 BR

Ridge Manor II

120 N 3rd St
Emmaus, PA
$641
1 BR
62+
HCV Welcome

Coopersburg II Apartments

401 E State St
Coopersburg, PA
$618-663
1 BR
55+
HCV Welcome

Coopersburg School Apartments

331 E State St
Coopersburg, PA
$618-663
1 BR
55+
HCV Welcome

Catasaugua Apartments

118 Bridge St
Catasauqua, PA
$635
1 BR
55+
HCV Welcome

North Catasauqua Street Apartments

1400 Main St
Catasauqua, PA
$667-694
1 BR
55+
HCV Welcome

Housing Authorities that serve Lehigh County

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

Other Housing Authorities located in Lehigh County

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 72 low income housing apartment communities offering 3,519 affordable apartments for rent in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Lehigh County features 2,613 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 858 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Lehigh County.

Lehigh County, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 72
Total Low Income Apartments 3,519
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 2,613
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 33.43%
Average Renter Household Size 2.43
Average Household Size 2.60
Median Household Income $56,117 ±$1,027
Median Rent $929 ±$14
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.55% ± 1.94pp
Total Population 356,756

Population and Household Demographics

Lehigh County is a County in Pennsylvania with a population of 356,756. There are 133,960 households in the county with an average household size of 2.60 persons. 33.43% of households in Lehigh County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Lehigh County

The median gross income for households in Lehigh County is $56,117 a year, or $4,676 a month. The median rent for the county is $929 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Lehigh County, a household making less than $3,097 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.55% of households who rent are overburdened in Lehigh County.1

Area Median Income In Lehigh 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 Lehigh County, 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 Lehigh 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 Lehigh County HUD Rental Assistance in Lehigh County

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
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Lehigh 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 2008, 71 low income apartment communities containing 1,946 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Lehigh 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 Lehigh County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $27,450 $31,400 $35,300 $39,200 $42,350 $45,500 $48,650 $51,750
60% of Median $32,940 $37,680 $42,360 $47,040 $50,820 $54,600 $58,380 $62,100

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 Lehigh County is $42,360 a year, or $3,530 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,530 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,059 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% $686 $736 $883 $1,019 $1,138 $1,255
60% $824 $883 $1,059 $1,223 $1,365 $1,506
Fair Market Rents in Lehigh 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
$694 $804 $1,026 $1,327 $1,390

Cities In Lehigh County

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City Listings Served By
Bethlehem 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bethlehem is the Bethlehem Housing Authority.
Allentown 45 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Allentown is the Allentown Housing Authority.
North Whitehall 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves North Whitehall is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Catasauqua 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Catasauqua is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Coopersburg 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Coopersburg is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Emmaus 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Emmaus is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Alburtis 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Alburtis is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Fountain Hill 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fountain Hill is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Coplay 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Coplay is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Milford 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Milford is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Ancient Oaks 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Ancient Oaks is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Breinigsville 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Breinigsville is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Cementon 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cementon is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Cetronia 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cetronia is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
DeSales University 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves DeSales University is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Dorneyville 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Dorneyville is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Egypt 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Egypt is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Fullerton 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fullerton is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Hanover 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hanover is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Heidelberg 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Heidelberg is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Hokendauqua 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hokendauqua is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Laurys Station 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Laurys Station is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Lower Macungie 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lower Macungie is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Lower Milford 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lower Milford is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Lowhill 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lowhill is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Lynn 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lynn is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Macungie 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Macungie is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
New Tripoli 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves New Tripoli is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
North Whitehallship 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves North Whitehallship is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Salisbury 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Salisbury is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Schnecksville 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Schnecksville is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Slatedale 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Slatedale is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Slatington 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Slatington is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
South Whitehall 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves South Whitehall is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Stiles 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Stiles is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Trexlertown 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Trexlertown is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Upper Macungie 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Upper Macungie is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Upper Milford 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Upper Milford is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Upper Saucon 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Upper Saucon is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Washington 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Washington is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Weisenberg 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Weisenberg is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Wescosville 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Wescosville is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.
Whitehall 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Whitehall is the Lehigh County Housing Authority.