Affordable Housing In Liberty
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

1 Low Income Apartment Communities In Liberty

Liberty Cottages

Hebe Ln
Liberty, PA
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There are 1 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 11 affordable apartments for rent in Liberty. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 0 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Liberty, HUD housing programs support 0 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 11 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Guide To Affordable Housing in Liberty, Pennsylvania

Liberty, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 1
Total Low Income Apartments 11
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 0
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 13.58%
Average Renter Household Size 2.28
Total Population 2,537
Housing Units 1,068
Average Household Size 2.35
Median Household Income $51,607 ±$4,145
Median Rent $755 ±$131
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 31.72% ± 18.5pp

Population and Household Demographics

Liberty is a City in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania with a population of 2,537. There are 1,068 households in the city with an average household size of 2.35 persons. 13.58% of households in Liberty are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Liberty

The median gross income for households in Liberty is $51,607 a year, or $4,301 a month. The median rent for the city is $755 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Liberty, a household making less than $2,517 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 31.72% of households who rent are overburdened in Liberty.1

Area Median Income In Liberty

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 Liberty, the AMI is calculated from all households within Allegheny County.

In Liberty, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $79,900

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 Liberty

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 Liberty HUD Rental Assistance in Liberty

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,800 $19,200 $21,600 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $28,000 $32,000 $36,000 $39,950 $43,150 $46,350 $49,550 $52,750
80% of Median $44,750 $51,150 $57,550 $63,900 $69,050 $74,150 $79,250 $84,350
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Liberty

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

From 2012 to 2012, 1 low income apartment communities containing 11 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Liberty 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 Liberty

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $28,000 $32,000 $36,000 $39,950 $43,150 $46,350 $49,550 $52,750
60% of Median $33,600 $38,400 $43,200 $47,940 $51,780 $55,620 $59,460 $63,300

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 Liberty is $43,200 a year, or $3,600 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,600 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,080 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% $700 $750 $900 $1,039 $1,159 $1,279
60% $840 $900 $1,080 $1,247 $1,391 $1,535
Fair Market Rents in Liberty

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
$647 $725 $896 $1,137 $1,248