Cheap Apartments In Pittsburgh
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania


Waiting List Openings In Pittsburgh

Waiting ListStatus
Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh Housing Choice Voucher Open Soon

Low Income Apartments In Pittsburgh

Maple Ridge

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

Perrytown Place

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

Allegheny Commons

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

Homewood House

7130 Frankstown Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
1 BR
HCV Welcome
Subsidized

The Legacy Apartments

2121 Centre Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Wood Towers

810 Wood St
Pittsburgh, PA
Income Based
1 BR
62+
Accessible
Subsidized

Homewood North

10 Albertice St
Pittsburgh, PA
1-4 BR

Homewood North Apartments

1020 Brushton Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
1-4 BR
Subsidized

Bennett Place Apartments

7245 Bennett Street
Pittsburgh, PA
Studio-1 BR
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Murray Towers

2385 Murray Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
Studio-2 BR

There are 207 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 16,525 affordable apartments for rent in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 13,922 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 6,475 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Pittsburgh. There are 4,376 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Housing Authorities that serve Pittsburgh

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

Understanding Affordable Housing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 207
Total Low Income Apartments 16,525
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 13,922
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 51.97%
Average Renter Household Size 1.98
Total Population 305,928
Housing Units 132,468
Average Household Size 2.13
Median Household Income $40,715 ±$685
Median Rent $810 ±$11
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 47.08% ± 1.34pp

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.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 1.34 percentage points.

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 $76,000

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 Pittsburgh HUD Rental Assistance in Pittsburgh

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,000 $18,250 $20,780 $25,100 $29,420 $33,740 $38,060 $42,380
50% of Median $26,600 $30,400 $34,200 $38,000 $41,050 $44,100 $47,150 $50,200
80% of Median $42,600 $48,650 $54,750 $60,800 $65,700 $70,550 $75,400 $80,300

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 Pittsburgh

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

From 1987 to 2012, 78 low income apartment communities containing 3,180 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Pittsburgh by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Pittsburgh 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.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Pittsburgh

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $26,600 $30,400 $34,200 $38,000 $41,050 $44,100 $47,150 $50,200
60% of Median $31,920 $36,480 $41,040 $45,600 $49,260 $52,920 $56,580 $60,240

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 Pittsburgh is $41,040 a year, or $3,420 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,420 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,026 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% $665 $713 $855 $988 $1,103 $1,217
60% $798 $855 $1,026 $1,186 $1,323 $1,460
Fair Market Rents in Pittsburgh

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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$647 $725 $896 $1,137 $1,248