Affordable Housing In Philadelphia
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

541 Low Income Apartment Communities In Philadelphia

Sarah Allen Community Homes

4035 Parrish St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Accessible

Haddington Townhouses

5437 Wyalusing Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Subsidized

The Willows at Edgewood

1508 W Allegheny Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$642-800
2-3 BR
Accessible

Corinthian Square

2103 W. Godfrey Ave.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

University Square Apartments

3901 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$829
1 BR
Subsidized

Washington Square West

220 S. 11th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Subsidized

Wister Preservation

292 E Ashmead St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Income Based
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Montgomery Townhouses

1821 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Sharswood Townhouses I

1425 N. 23rd Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Subsidized

Sharswood Townhouses II

1450 N. 21st Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Subsidized
Accessible
Supportive Housing

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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 541 low income housing apartment communities offering 34,300 affordable apartments for rent in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Income Based Apartments in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia features 23,991 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 9,927 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 $1,168 and $1,428.

2022 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 $940 $1,071 $1,298 $1,605 $1,837
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Payment Standard Range $846 to $1,034 $964 to $1,178 $1,168 to $1,428 $1,445 to $1,766 $1,653 to $2,021

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Philadelphia, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 541
Total Low Income Apartments 34,300
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 23,991
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