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Affordable Housing In Reading
Berks County, Pennsylvania

37 Low Income Apartment Communities In Reading

Skyline View Apartments

50 North 9th Street
Reading, Pennsylvania
$345-610
1 BR
Subsidized

Glenside Homes

1349 Avenue D
Reading, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Family & Senior

Goggle Works Apartments

135 Washington St
Reading, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Franklin Tower

120 South 6th St
Reading, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1 BR
Accessible
62+

Kennedy Towers

300 South 4th Street
Reading, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1 BR
Accessible
62+

George M. Rhodes Apartments

815 Franklin St
Reading, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1 BR
Accessible
62+

Samuel G. Hubert Apartments

125 N 10th St
Reading, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1 BR
Accessible
62+

Dwight D. Eisenhower Apartments

835 Franklin St
Reading, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+

Reading Elderly Housing

100 N Front St
Reading, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Hensler Homes

1301 Schuylkill Ave
Reading, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Housing Authorities that serve Reading

Housing Authority Programs
Reading Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Berks County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Reading, Pennsylvania

There are 37 low income housing apartment communities offering 3,107 affordable apartments for rent in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Income Based Apartments in Reading, Pennsylvania

Reading features 2,597 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 Reading, Pennsylvania

There are 510 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Reading.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Reading, Pennsylvania

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Reading landlords $800 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Reading.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Reading, Pennsylvania for a two-bedroom apartment is between $834 and $1,020.

2020 Reading, 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 $599 $713 $927 $1,166 $1,257
Payment Standard Range $539 to $659 $642 to $784 $834 to $1,020 $1,049 to $1,283 $1,131 to $1,383

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Reading, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 37
Total Low Income Apartments 3,107
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 2,597
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 58.07%
Average Renter Household Size 2.75
Average Household Size 2.83
Median Household Income $26,784 ±$798
Median Rent $731 ±$16
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 63.35% ± 3.32pp
Total Population 88,057

Population and Household Demographics

Reading is a city in Berks County, Pennsylvania with a population of 88,057. There are 30,090 households in the city with an average household size of 2.83 persons. 58.07% of households in Reading are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Reading

The median gross income for households in Reading is $26,784 a year, or $2,232 a month. The median rent for the city is $731 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Reading, a household making less than $2,437 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 63.35% of households who rent are overburdened in Reading.

Area Median Income In Reading

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 Reading, the AMI is calculated from all households within Berks County.

In Reading, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $78,600

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 Reading

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 Reading

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,550 $18,900 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $27,550 $31,450 $35,400 $39,300 $42,450 $45,600 $48,750 $51,900
80% of Median $44,050 $50,350 $56,650 $62,900 $67,950 $73,000 $78,000 $83,050