Affordable Housing In Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania

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There are 691 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 35,978 affordable apartments for rent in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 28,061 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 7,120 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Philadelphia County. There are 11,295 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Affordable Apartments in Philadelphia County

Image of University Square Apartments
3901 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
University Square Apartments is a 442 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1 bedroom apartments for rent in Philadelphia. Rents at University Square Apartments are 829.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
Image of Casa Farnese Apartments
1300 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Casa Farnese Apartments is a 288 unit low income housing apartment community that provides St.-1 bedroom apartments for rent in Philadelphia. Rents at Casa Farnese Apartments are Income Based.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers Market Rate Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
Image of Yorktown Arms Apartments for Seniors 60 and older only
1300 W. Jefferson Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Yorktown Arms Apartments for Seniors 60 and older only is a low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Philadelphia. Rents at Yorktown Arms Apartments for Seniors 60 and older only are 583.
1701 S 28th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Anthony Wayne II is a 39 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Philadelphia. Rents at Anthony Wayne II are $594-802.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Philadelphia.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Image of Ascension Manor Apts. I
911 N. Franklin Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ascension Manor Apts. I is a 281 unit low income housing apartment community that provides St.-1 bedroom apartments for rent in Philadelphia.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units

Understanding Affordable Housing in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia County, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 691
Total Low Income Apartments 35,978
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 28,061
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 47.36%
Average Renter Household Size 2.41
Total Population 1,555,072
Housing Units 581,050
Average Household Size 2.59
Median Household Income $38,253 ±$511
Median Rent $922 ±$6
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 52.46% ± 0.83pp

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

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 0.83 percentage points.

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 $83,200

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 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.

Philadelphia County HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% $17,500 $20,000 $22,500 $24,950 $28,780 $32,960 $37,140 $41,320
50% $29,150 $33,300 $37,450 $41,600 $44,950 $48,300 $51,600 $54,950
80% $46,600 $53,250 $59,900 $66,550 $71,900 $77,200 $82,550 $87,850

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

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.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Philadelphia County by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

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.

Philadelphia County Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% $29,150 $33,300 $37,450 $41,600 $44,950 $48,300 $51,600 $54,950
60% $34,980 $39,960 $44,940 $49,920 $53,940 $57,960 $61,920 $65,940

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 $44,940 a year, or $3,745 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,745 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,124 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 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 1 Bed 5 Bed
50% $729 $781 $936 $1,082 $1,208 $1,332
60% $875 $937 $1,124 $1,298 $1,449 $1,598
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.

2017 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$845 $1,003 $1,211 $1,515 $1,686

Cities In Philadelphia County

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Philadelphia 691 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Philadelphia is the Philadelphia Housing Authority.