Affordable Housing In Pittsburgh
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Waiting List Openings In Pittsburgh

Allegheny County, PA Section 8 HCV Waiting List

The Allegheny County Housing Authority will accept Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications from July 12, 2022 at 8:30 am, until July 14, 2022 at 3:30 pm ET.

How to Apply for the Allegheny County, PA Section 8 HCV Waiting List.

219 Low Income Apartment Communities In Pittsburgh

Perrytown Place

101 Highland Pines Drive
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$617-885
Studio-1 BR

The Legacy Apartments

2121 Centre Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+

Churchview Garden Apartments

3783 Churchview Avenue #C12
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Income Based
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Allegheny Commons

255 East Ohio Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$580-889
Studio-3 BR
Subsidized

Homewood House

7130 Frankstown Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized

Penn Mathilida Apartments

4816 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Veterans Welcome

Maple Ridge

2115 Park Hill Drive
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$870-925
2-3 BR
Subsidized

St Clair Woods Apartments

1000 Painters Dr
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$995-1,240
1-2 BR
Subsidized

North Hills Highlands Phase 2

100 Felicity Drive
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$550
1 BR

The New Riverview

52 Garetta St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Market Rate

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

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Homeownership Voucher; Public Housing Homeownership; Family Self-Sufficiency; Moving to Work
Allegheny County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-Sufficiency

Guide To Affordable Housing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

There are 219 low income housing apartment communities offering 16,708 affordable apartments for rent in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Income Based Apartments in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh features 12,951 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 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

There are 3,287 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Pittsburgh.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Pittsburgh landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Pittsburgh.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a two-bedroom apartment is between $883 and $1,079.

2022 Pittsburgh, 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
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Fair Market Rent $763 $807 $981 $1,252 $1,371
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Payment Standard Range $687 to $839 $726 to $888 $883 to $1,079 $1,127 to $1,377 $1,234 to $1,508

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Pittsburgh, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 219
Total Low Income Apartments 16,708
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 12,951
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 51.97%
Average Renter Household Size 1.98
Average Household Size 2.13
Median Household Income $40,715 ±$685
Median Rent $810 ±$11
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 47.08% ± 1.34pp
Total Population 305,928

Population and Household Demographics

Pittsburgh is a city in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania with a population of 305,928. There are 132,468 households in the city with an average household size of 2.13 persons. 51.97% of households in Pittsburgh are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Pittsburgh

The median gross income for households in Pittsburgh is $40,715 a year, or $3,393 a month. The median rent for the city is $810 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Pittsburgh, a household making less than $2,700 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 47.08% of households who rent are overburdened in Pittsburgh.

Area Median Income In Pittsburgh

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 Pittsburgh, the AMI is calculated from all households within Allegheny County.

In Pittsburgh, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $95,400

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 Pittsburgh

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 Pittsburgh

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Pittsburgh AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$19,950 $22,800 $25,650 $28,450 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Pittsburgh AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$33,200 $37,950 $42,700 $47,400 $51,200 $55,000 $58,800 $62,600
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Pittsburgh AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$53,100 $60,700 $68,300 $75,850 $81,950 $88,000 $94,100 $100,150