Affordable Housing In Pittsburgh
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

210 Low Income Apartment Communities In Pittsburgh

Elliott Heights

1110 Steuben St
Pittsburgh, PA
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Brinton Towers

3000 Locust St
Pittsburgh, PA
Subsidized

Shaler Oaks

1122 Mount Royal Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Northside Properties

1414 Brighton Rd
Pittsburgh, PA
Subsidized

Perrysville Plaza

2403 Perrysville Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
Subsidized

Towne North Towers

99 Corbett Ct
Pittsburgh, PA
Subsidized

St. Ambrose Manor

1235 Yetta Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Central Hill

Hill District
Pittsburgh, PA
Subsidized

Fairmont Apartments

5461 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
Accepts Vouchers

Spinning Plate Artist Lofts

5815 Baum Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA

Penn Manor

125 N Saint Clair St
Pittsburgh, PA
Accepts Vouchers

Riverview Terrace

2829 Bedford Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
Accepts Vouchers

Housing Authorities that serve Pittsburgh

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 210 low income housing apartment communities offering 16,565 affordable apartments for rent in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Income Based Apartments in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh features 13,206 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 2,986 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 $801 and $979.

2020 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
Fair Market Rent $661 $727 $890 $1,137 $1,248
Payment Standard Range $595 to $727 $654 to $800 $801 to $979 $1,023 to $1,251 $1,123 to $1,373

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Pittsburgh, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 210
Total Low Income Apartments 16,565
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 13,206
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.1

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 $79,900

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 $16,800 $19,200 $21,600 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $28,000 $32,000 $36,000 $39,950 $43,150 $46,350 $49,550 $52,750
80% of Median $44,750 $51,150 $57,550 $63,900 $69,050 $74,150 $79,250 $84,350