Affordable Housing In New Castle
Lawrence County, Pennsylvania

20 Low Income Apartment Communities In New Castle

Neshannock Woods

209 Cambridge St, Unit 601
New Castle, PA
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1 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

Vista South Apartments

1116 S Mercer St
New Castle, PA
Elderly Supportive Housing

Westview Terrace

901 W Grant St
New Castle, PA

Skyview Towers

219 N Beaver Street
New Castle, PA

Big Run

1300 South Jefferson Street
New Castle, PA

Lawrence Manor

211 W Moody Ave
New Castle, PA

Highland Terrace

111 W Fairmont Ave
New Castle, PA
Elderly Supportive Housing

Sheridan Place

26 N Jefferson St
New Castle, PA

Hileman Apartments

5 E Wallace Ave
New Castle, PA

Lincoln Terrace

201 W Lincoln Avenue
New Castle, PA
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Housing Authorities that serve New Castle

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)

Guide To Affordable Housing in New Castle, Pennsylvania

According to federal housing data and research, there are 20 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,312 affordable apartments for rent in New Castle, Pennsylvania. New Castle features 1,184 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 128 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in New Castle.

New Castle, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 20
Total Low Income Apartments 1,312
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,184
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 43.19%
Average Renter Household Size 2.11
Average Household Size 2.27
Median Household Income $30,422 ±$2,428
Median Rent $585 ±$43
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 54.48% ± 5.43pp
Total Population 22,682

Population and Household Demographics

New Castle is a City in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania with a population of 22,682. There are 9,579 households in the city with an average household size of 2.27 persons. 43.19% of households in New Castle are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in New Castle

The median gross income for households in New Castle is $30,422 a year, or $2,535 a month. The median rent for the city is $585 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In New Castle, a household making less than $1,950 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 54.48% of households who rent are overburdened in New Castle.1

Area Median Income In New Castle

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 New Castle, the AMI is calculated from all households within Lawrence County.

In New Castle, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $65,000

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 New Castle

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 New Castle HUD Rental Assistance in New Castle

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $13,650 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $42,900
50% of Median $22,750 $26,000 $29,250 $32,500 $35,100 $37,700 $40,300 $42,900
80% of Median $36,400 $41,600 $46,800 $52,000 $56,200 $60,350 $64,500 $68,650
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in New Castle

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

From 1991 to 2010, 3 low income apartment communities containing 113 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in New Castle 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 New Castle

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $22,750 $26,000 $29,250 $32,500 $35,100 $37,700 $40,300 $42,900
60% of Median $27,300 $31,200 $35,100 $39,000 $42,120 $45,240 $48,360 $51,480

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 New Castle is $35,100 a year, or $2,925 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,925 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $878 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% $569 $609 $731 $845 $943 $1,040
60% $683 $731 $878 $1,014 $1,131 $1,248
Fair Market Rents in New Castle

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
$497 $580 $763 $951 $1,092