Affordable Housing In Scranton
Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

26 Low Income Apartment Communities In Scranton

Mulberry Towers

499 Mulberry St
Scranton, Pennsylvania

United House

501 Pine St
Scranton, Pennsylvania

Webster Towers

500 N Webster Ave
Scranton, Pennsylvania

Amos Towers

525 Jefferson Ave
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Elderly Supportive Housing


113 N Cabrini Ave
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Elderly Supportive Housing

Scranton Townhouse Apartments

Community Bldg/Rental Office
Scranton, Pennsylvania

Washington West Apartments

537 N Washington Ave
Scranton, Pennsylvania

Adams High Rise Apartments

420 Adams Ave
Scranton, Pennsylvania

Jackson Heights Apartments

1001 Jackson St
Scranton, Pennsylvania

Harriet Beecher Stowe

830 Crown Ave
Scranton, Pennsylvania

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Scranton, Pennsylvania

Housing Authority Programs
Scranton Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Scranton, Pennsylvania

There are 26 low income housing apartment communities offering 3,448 affordable apartments for rent in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Income Based Apartments in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Scranton features 3,144 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 Scranton, Pennsylvania

There are 144 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Scranton.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Scranton, Pennsylvania

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Scranton landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Scranton.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Scranton, Pennsylvania for a two-bedroom apartment is between $789 and $965.

2022 Scranton, 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
Scranton, Pennsylvania Fair Market Rent $614 $714 $877 $1,132 $1,218
Scranton, Pennsylvania Payment Standard Range $553 to $675 $643 to $785 $789 to $965 $1,019 to $1,245 $1,096 to $1,340

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Scranton, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 26
Total Low Income Apartments 3,448
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 3,144
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 48.12%
Average Renter Household Size 2.33
Average Household Size 2.43
Median Household Income $37,218 ±$1,042
Median Rent $709 ±$14
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.32% ± 2.59pp
Total Population 76,064

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.

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 $70,600

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 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 HUD Rental Assistance in Scranton

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Scranton AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$14,850 $17,420 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Scranton AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$24,750 $28,250 $31,800 $35,300 $38,150 $40,950 $43,800 $46,600
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Scranton AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$39,550 $45,200 $50,850 $56,500 $61,050 $65,550 $70,100 $74,600