Affordable Housing In West Lawn
Berks County,Pennsylvania

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There are 1 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 0 affordable apartments for rent in West Lawn, Pennsylvania. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 0 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 0 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in West Lawn. There are 0 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Lawn is the Berks County Housing Authority.

Affordable Apartments in West Lawn

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1400 W. Wyomissing Blvd.
West Lawn, Pennsylvania
Penns Crossing is a low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in West Lawn.
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Housing Authorities that serve West Lawn

The Berks County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Understanding Affordable Housing in West Lawn, Pennsylvania

West Lawn, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties1
Total Low Income Apartments0
Total Rent Assisted Apartments0
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters32.39%
Average Renter Household Size2.43
Total Population1,790
Housing Units704
Average Household Size2.54
Median Household Income$53,182 ±$8,439
Median Rent$733 ±$397
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened38.16% ± 26.2pp

Population and Household Demographics

West Lawn is a City in Berks County, Pennsylvania with a population of 1,790. There are 704 households in the city with an average household size of 2.54 persons. 32.39% of households in West Lawn are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in West Lawn

The median gross income for households in West Lawn is $53,182 a year, or $4,432 a month. The median rent for the city is $733 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In West Lawn, a household making less than $2,443 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent.38.16% of households who rent are overburdened in West Lawn.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 26.2 percentage points.

Area Median Income In West Lawn

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

In West Lawn, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $68,900

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 West Lawn

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.

West Lawn HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
30%$14,500$16,550$20,420$24,600$28,780$32,960$37,140$41,320
50%$24,150$27,600$31,050$34,450$37,250$40,000$42,750$45,500
80%$38,600$44,100$49,600$55,100$59,550$63,950$68,350$72,750

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in West Lawn by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

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.

West Lawn Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
50%$24,150$27,600$31,050$34,450$37,250$40,000$42,750$45,500
HERA 50%$26,550$30,350$34,150$37,900$40,950$44,000$47,000$50,050
60%$28,980$33,120$37,260$41,340$44,700$48,000$51,300$54,600
HERA 60%$31,860$36,420$40,980$45,480$49,140$52,800$56,400$60,060

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 West Lawn is $37,260 a year, or $3,105 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,105 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $932 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 AMIStudio2 Bed3 Bed4 Bed1 Bed5 Bed
50%$604$647$776$896$1,000$1,103
60%$725$776$932$1,076$1,200$1,324
Fair Market Rents in West Lawn

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.

2017 Fair Market Rents
StudioOne BRTwo BRThree BRFour BR
$606$722$955$1,195$1,316