Affordable Housing In Mercer County
Pennsylvania

38 Low Income Apartment Communities In Mercer County

Arlington Manor

835 Arlington Dr
Greenville, PA
$473-717
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Wright Village

21 Dunn St
Sandy Lake, PA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Wade D. Mertz Towers

52 S Mercer Ave
Sharpsville, PA
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized

Greenville House

9 Penn Avenue
Greenville, PA
Subsidized

College View Towers

301 S Broad St
Grove City, PA
55+
62+
Subsidized

Orange Village Apartments

200 Orange Dr
Hermitage, PA
Subsidized

Centennial Place Phase I

112 Wallis Ave
Farrell, PA

Riverview Manor

15 W Connelly Blvd
Sharon, PA
Subsidized

Independence Park

613 Spearman Ave
Farrell, PA
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Lavigne Manor

20 Cathedral Dr
Farrell, PA
Subsidized

There are 38 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 2,730 affordable apartments for rent in Mercer County. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 2,474 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Mercer County, HUD housing programs support 1,277 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 256 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Mercer County

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Mercer County, Pennsylvania

Mercer County, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 38
Total Low Income Apartments 2,730
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 2,474
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 26.31%
Average Renter Household Size 2.12
Total Population 115,320
Housing Units 45,546
Average Household Size 2.37
Median Household Income $44,156 ±$997
Median Rent $621 ±$22
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 41.97% ± 3.01pp

Population and Household Demographics

Mercer County is a County in Pennsylvania with a population of 115,320. There are 45,546 households in the county with an average household size of 2.37 persons. 26.31% of households in Mercer County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Mercer County

The median gross income for households in Mercer County is $44,156 a year, or $3,680 a month. The median rent for the county is $621 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Mercer County, a household making less than $2,070 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 41.97% of households who rent are overburdened in Mercer County.1

Area Median Income In Mercer 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 Mercer County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $65,200

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 Mercer 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 Mercer County HUD Rental Assistance in Mercer County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $13,700 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,050
50% of Median $22,850 $26,100 $29,350 $32,600 $35,250 $37,850 $40,450 $43,050
80% of Median $36,550 $41,750 $46,950 $52,150 $56,350 $60,500 $64,700 $68,850
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Mercer County

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

From 1989 to 2011, 8 low income apartment communities containing 354 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Mercer 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 Mercer County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
60% of Median $27,420 $31,320 $35,220 $39,120 $42,300 $45,420 $48,540 $51,660

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 Mercer County is $35,220 a year, or $2,935 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,935 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $881 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% $571 $612 $734 $848 $946 $1,044
60% $686 $734 $881 $1,018 $1,136 $1,253
Fair Market Rents in Mercer 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
$544 $548 $710 $904 $1,035

Cities In Mercer County

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City Listings Served By
Grove City 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Grove City is the Mercer County Housing Authority.
Wheatland 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Wheatland is the Mercer County Housing Authority.
Hermitage 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hermitage is the Mercer County Housing Authority.
Sharon 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sharon is the Mercer County Housing Authority.
Farrell 11 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Farrell is the Mercer County Housing Authority.
Fredonia 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fredonia is the Mercer County Housing Authority.
Sharpsville 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sharpsville is the Mercer County Housing Authority.
Stoneboro 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Stoneboro is the Mercer County Housing Authority.
Sandy Lake 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sandy Lake is the Mercer County Housing Authority.
Mercer 0
Clark 0
Coolspring 0
Deer Creek 0
Delaware 0
East Lackawannock 0
Fairview 0
Findley 0
French Creek 0
Greene 0
Greenville 5
Hempfield 0
Jackson 0
Jackson Center 0
Jamestown 1
Jefferson 0
Lackawannock 0
Lake 0
Lake Latonka 0
Liberty 0
Mill Creek 0
New Lebanon 0
New Vernon 0
Otter Creek 0
Perry 0
Pine 0
Pymatuning 0
Reynolds Heights 0
Salem 0
Sandy Creek 0
Sandy Lakeship 0
Sheakleyville 0
Shenango 0
South Pymatuning 0
Springfield 0
Sugar Grove 0
West Middlesex 1
West Salem 0
Wilmington 0
Wolf Creek 0
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