Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing programs support 25,012 income based apartments in Philadelphia County where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 10,212 affordable apartments in Philadelphia County that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Philadelphia County. Go to the Pennsylvania Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near Philadelphia County.

Casa Farnese Apartments

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

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+
Affordable

Ascension Manor Apts. I

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

Spring Garden Towers

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

Ruth Williams House

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

Orinoka Civic House

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

Roberto Clemente Homes

3921 North 5th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Affordable

Wynne Senior Residences

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

Mount Sinai Apartments

430 Reed Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1 BR
Rent Assisted
62+
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Affordable Housing In Philadelphia County

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City Apartments
Philadelphia, PA Affordable Housing programs support 557 apartment communities in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia County features 25,012 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 County, Pennsylvania

There are 10,212 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Philadelphia County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Philadelphia County landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Philadelphia County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,323 and $1,617.

2023 Philadelphia County, 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 County, Pennsylvania Fair Market Rent $1,081 $1,218 $1,470 $1,789 $2,079
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Payment Standard Range $973 to $1,189 $1,096 to $1,340 $1,323 to $1,617 $1,610 to $1,968 $1,871 to $2,287

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Philadelphia County, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 557
Total Low Income Apartments 35,582
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 25,012
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 County is a county in Pennsylvania with a population of 1,555,072. There are 581,050 households in the county with an average household size of 2.59 persons. 47.36% of households in Philadelphia County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Philadelphia County

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

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Philadelphia County, 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 County.

Area Median Income In Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $105,400

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 Philadelphia 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 HUD Rental Assistance in Philadelphia County

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Philadelphia County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$22,150 $25,300 $28,450 $31,600 $34,150 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Philadelphia County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$36,900 $42,200 $47,450 $52,700 $56,950 $61,150 $65,350 $69,600
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Philadelphia County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$59,050 $67,450 $75,900 $84,300 $91,050 $97,800 $104,550 $111,300