Affordable Housing In Pittsburgh
Housing Authorities that serve Pittsburgh
|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. Pittsburgh features 13,206 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 2,986 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Pittsburgh.
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|
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|
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.
2020 Fair Market Rents
|Studio||One BR||Two BR||Three BR||Four BR|