Affordable Housing In Philadelphia
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

520 Low Income Apartment Communities In Philadelphia

Casa Farnese Apartments

1300 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
Market Rate
Subsidized

Eight Diamonds

2028 West Norris Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
3-5 BR

Yorktown Arms Apartments (Seniors 60+)

1300 W. Jefferson Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+

Ascension Manor Apts. I

911 N. Franklin Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Spring Garden Towers

1818 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized

Ruth Williams House

2415 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
Studio BR
Homeless Supportive Housing

Orinoka Civic House

2771 Ruth Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Roberto Clemente Homes

3921 North 5th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Wynne Senior Residences

2001 N. 54th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+

Mount Sinai Apartments

430 Reed Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized
62+

Housing Authorities that serve Philadelphia

Housing Authority Programs
Philadelphia Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moving to Work

Guide To Affordable Housing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

There are 520 low income housing apartment communities offering 33,195 affordable apartments for rent in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Income Based Apartments in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia features 23,264 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

There are 9,857 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Philadelphia.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Philadelphia landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Philadelphia.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,134 and $1,386.

2021 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Fair Market Rent $900 $1,040 $1,260 $1,567 $1,796
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Payment Standard Range $810 to $990 $936 to $1,144 $1,134 to $1,386 $1,410 to $1,724 $1,616 to $1,976

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Philadelphia, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 520
Total Low Income Apartments 33,195
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 23,264
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 47.36%
Average Renter Household Size 2.41
Average Household Size 2.59
Median Household Income $38,253 ±$511
Median Rent $922 ±$6
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 52.46% ± 0.83pp
Total Population 1,555,072

Population and Household Demographics

Philadelphia is a city in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania with a population of 1,555,072. There are 581,050 households in the city with an average household size of 2.59 persons. 47.36% of households in Philadelphia are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Philadelphia

The median gross income for households in Philadelphia is $38,253 a year, or $3,188 a month. The median rent for the city is $922 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Philadelphia, a household making less than $3,073 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 52.46% of households who rent are overburdened in Philadelphia.

Area Median Income In Philadelphia

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 Philadelphia, the AMI is calculated from all households within Philadelphia County.

In Philadelphia, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $94,500

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 Philadelphia

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 HUD Rental Assistance in Philadelphia

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Philadelphia AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$19,850 $22,700 $25,550 $28,350 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Philadelphia AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$33,100 $37,800 $42,550 $47,250 $51,050 $54,850 $58,600 $62,400
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Philadelphia AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$52,950 $60,500 $68,050 $75,600 $81,650 $87,700 $93,750 $99,800