Affordable Housing In Somerset County
Pennsylvania

13 Low Income Apartment Communities In Somerset County

Somerset Manor

749 Poplar St
Central City, PA
Income Based
1 BR
62+
Accessible
Subsidized

Highland Hills

132 Shaeli Drive
Somerset, PA
Call For Rent
2-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Hite House

121 W Main St
Stoystown, PA
Income Based
1-2 BR
62+
HCV Welcome

Rockwood Gardens II

740 Somerset Ave
Rockwood, PA
HCV Welcome

Rockwood Senior Housing

359 Market St
Rockwood, PA
HCV Welcome

Di and Di Senior Apartments

152 Large St
Meyersdale, PA
Subsidized

Quemahoning Towers

1700 Veil Ave
Windber, PA
Subsidized

Dipasquale Garden Apartments

141 Large St
Meyersdale, PA
Subsidized

Stony Creek Commons

969 Barn St
Hooversville, PA
Subsidized

Meyersdale Twnhouse

1 Center St
Meyersdale, PA

Housing Authorities that serve Somerset County

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Somerset County, Pennsylvania

There are 13 low income housing apartment communities offering 637 affordable apartments for rent in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Somerset County features 465 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 172 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Somerset County.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Somerset County, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 13
Total Low Income Apartments 637
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 465
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 21.37%
Average Renter Household Size 2.09
Average Household Size 2.42
Median Household Income $44,587 ±$1,459
Median Rent $580 ±$20
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 37.62% ± 3.38pp
Total Population 76,617

Population and Household Demographics

Somerset County is a County in Pennsylvania with a population of 76,617. There are 29,619 households in the county with an average household size of 2.42 persons. 21.37% of households in Somerset County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Somerset County

The median gross income for households in Somerset County is $44,587 a year, or $3,716 a month. The median rent for the county is $580 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Somerset County, a household making less than $1,933 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 37.62% of households who rent are overburdened in Somerset County.1

Area Median Income In Somerset County

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.

In Somerset County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $60,800

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 Somerset County

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 Somerset County HUD Rental Assistance in Somerset County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $13,300 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $41,750
50% of Median $22,150 $25,300 $28,450 $31,600 $34,150 $36,700 $39,200 $41,750
80% of Median $35,400 $40,450 $45,500 $50,550 $54,600 $58,650 $62,700 $66,750
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Somerset County

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

From 1987 to 2010, 11 low income apartment communities containing 294 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Somerset County 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 Somerset County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $22,150 $25,300 $28,450 $31,600 $34,150 $36,700 $39,200 $41,750
60% of Median $26,580 $30,360 $34,140 $37,920 $40,980 $44,040 $47,040 $50,100

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 Somerset County is $34,140 a year, or $2,845 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,845 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $854 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% $554 $593 $711 $822 $918 $1,012
60% $665 $712 $854 $986 $1,101 $1,214
Fair Market Rents in Somerset County

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
$587 $591 $714 $960 $1,067

Cities In Somerset County

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City Listings Served By
Somerset 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Somerset is the Somerset County Housing Authority.
Meyersdale 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Meyersdale is the Somerset County Housing Authority.
Rockwood 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rockwood is the Somerset County Housing Authority.
Confluence 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Confluence is the Somerset County Housing Authority.
Central City 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Central City is the Somerset County Housing Authority.
Windber 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Windber is the Somerset County Housing Authority.
Berlin 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Berlin is the Somerset County Housing Authority.
Stoystown 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Stoystown is the Somerset County Housing Authority.
Addison 0
Addisonship 0
Benson 0
Black 0
Boswell 1
Brothersvalley 0
Cairnbrook 0
Callimont 0
Casselman 0
Conemaugh 0
Davidsville 0
Edie 0
Elk Lick 0
Fairhope 0
Friedens 0
Garrett 0
Greenville 0
Hooversville 1
Indian Lake 0
Jefferson 0
Jenner 0
Jennerstown 0
Jerome 0
Larimer 0
Lincoln 0
Lower Turkeyfoot 0
Middlecreek 0
Milford 0
New Baltimore 0
New Centerville 0
Northampton 0
Ogle 0
Paint 0
Paintship 0
Quemahoning 0
Salisbury 0
Shade 0
Shanksville 0
Somersetship 0
Southampton 0
Stonycreek 0
Summit 0
Upper Turkeyfoot 0
Ursina 0
Wellersburg 0