Affordable Housing In Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania

528 Low Income Apartment Communities In Philadelphia County

Casa Farnese Apartments

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

Ruth Williams House

2415 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
Call For Rent
Studio BR
HCV Welcome
Homeless Supportive Housing

Orinoka Civic House

2771 Ruth St
Philadelphia, PA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Roberto Clemente Homes

3921 N. 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Wynne Senior Residences

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

Haddington Townhouses

5437 Wyalusing Ave
Philadelphia, PA
Income Based
1-4 BR
Subsidized

The Willows at Edgewood

1508 W Allegheny Ave
Philadelphia, PA
$642-800
2-3 BR
Accessible
HCV Welcome

University Square Apartments

3901 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA
$829
1 BR
Subsidized

Yorktown Arms Apartments (Seniors 60+)

1300 W. Jefferson Street
Philadelphia, PA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

The Cloisters

3900 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
$723
2 BR
HCV Welcome

Other Housing Authorities located in Philadelphia County

Housing Authority Programs
Philadelphia Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moving to Work
1260 Housing Development Corporation Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 528 low income housing apartment communities offering 33,622 affordable apartments for rent in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia County features 23,818 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 9,730 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Philadelphia County.

Philadelphia County, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 528
Total Low Income Apartments 33,622
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 23,818
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.1

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 $90,100

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 Philadelphia County HUD Rental Assistance in Philadelphia County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $18,950 $21,650 $24,350 $27,050 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $31,550 $36,050 $40,550 $45,050 $48,700 $52,300 $55,900 $59,500
80% of Median $50,500 $57,700 $64,900 $72,100 $77,900 $83,650 $89,450 $95,200
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Philadelphia County

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

From 1987 to 2011, 432 low income apartment communities containing 9,830 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $31,550 $36,050 $40,550 $45,050 $48,700 $52,300 $55,900 $59,500
60% of Median $37,860 $43,260 $48,660 $54,060 $58,440 $62,760 $67,080 $71,400

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 Philadelphia County is $48,660 a year, or $4,055 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,055 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,217 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% $789 $845 $1,014 $1,172 $1,308 $1,443
60% $947 $1,014 $1,217 $1,406 $1,569 $1,731
Fair Market Rents in Philadelphia 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.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$864 $1,013 $1,226 $1,528 $1,754

Cities In Philadelphia County

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City Listings Served By
Philadelphia 528 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Philadelphia is the Philadelphia Housing Authority.