Low Income Apartments In Scranton
Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

Low Income Apartments In Scranton

Jermyn Apartments

326 Spruce St
Scranton, PA
Studio-1 BR

Goodwill Neighborhood Residents

600 Beech Street
Scranton, PA
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Keystone Place

101 Smallacombe Dr
Scranton, PA
1-2 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

Delaware Tower Apartments

100 Smallacombe Dr
Scranton, PA
1-2 BR

Skyview Park Apartments

43 Crown Circle Dr
Scranton, PA
1-3 BR

Finch Towers Associates

424 Wyoming Ave
Scranton, PA
Income Based
1 BR

Geneva House

323 Adams Ave
Scranton, PA


1 Lake Scranton Rd
Scranton, PA
Elderly Supportive Housing

Mulberry Towers

499 Mulberry St
Scranton, PA

United House

501 Pine St
Scranton, PA

There are 24 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 3,260 affordable apartments for rent in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 3,116 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 1,157 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Scranton. There are 144 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 Scranton

Housing Authority Programs
Scranton Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher; Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Scranton, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 24
Total Low Income Apartments 3,260
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 3,116
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 48.12%
Average Renter Household Size 2.33
Total Population 76,064
Housing Units 28,946
Average Household Size 2.43
Median Household Income $37,218 ±$1,042
Median Rent $709 ±$14
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.32% ± 2.59pp

Population and Household Demographics

Scranton is a City in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania with a population of 76,064. There are 28,946 households in the city with an average household size of 2.43 persons. 48.12% of households in Scranton are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Scranton

The median gross income for households in Scranton is $37,218 a year, or $3,102 a month. The median rent for the city is $709 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Scranton, a household making less than $2,363 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46.32% of households who rent are overburdened in Scranton.1

Area Median Income In Scranton

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 Scranton, the AMI is calculated from all households within Lackawanna County.

In Scranton, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $66,700

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 Scranton

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 Scranton HUD Rental Assistance in Scranton

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $13,950 $16,460 $20,780 $25,100 $29,420 $33,740 $38,060 $42,380
50% of Median $23,250 $26,550 $29,850 $33,150 $35,850 $38,500 $41,150 $43,800
80% of Median $37,150 $42,450 $47,750 $53,050 $57,300 $61,550 $65,800 $70,050
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Scranton

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

From 1996 to 2009, 6 low income apartment communities containing 417 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Scranton by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

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 Scranton

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
60% of Median $27,900 $31,860 $35,820 $39,780 $43,020 $46,200 $49,380 $52,560

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 Scranton is $35,820 a year, or $2,985 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,985 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $896 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% $581 $623 $746 $863 $963 $1,062
60% $698 $747 $896 $1,035 $1,155 $1,274
Fair Market Rents in Scranton

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
$541 $636 $780 $1,007 $1,102