Affordable Housing In Williamsport
Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

18 Low Income Apartment Communities In Williamsport

Timberland Apartments

610 Lycoming St
Williamsport, PA
Income Based
2-3 BR
Subsidized

Grove Street Commons

1290 Grove St
Williamsport, PA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+
HCV Welcome

Williamsport Elderly Apartments

798 West Edwin Street
Williamsport, PA
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized

Newberry Estates

2500 Federal Ave STE 357
Williamsport, PA
Subsidized

Berkshire Manor

801 W 4th St
Williamsport, PA
Subsidized

Williamsport Nsa

618 2nd St
Williamsport, PA
Subsidized

Williamsport Manor

450 Center St
Williamsport, PA
Subsidized

Iris Commons

614 Spruce St
Williamsport, PA
HCV Welcome

Nichols Court

900 Nichols Pl
Williamsport, PA
HCV Welcome

Grace Street Commons

739 Grace St
Williamsport, PA
HCV Welcome

There are 18 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 1,080 affordable apartments for rent in Williamsport. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 812 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Williamsport, HUD housing programs support 572 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 268 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Williamsport

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Williamsport, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 18
Total Low Income Apartments 1,080
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 812
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 52.24%
Average Renter Household Size 2.32
Total Population 29,339
Housing Units 10,833
Average Household Size 2.44
Median Household Income $35,826 ±$2,225
Median Rent $722 ±$22
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 48.97% ± 4.88pp

Population and Household Demographics

Williamsport is a City in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania with a population of 29,339. There are 10,833 households in the city with an average household size of 2.44 persons. 52.24% of households in Williamsport are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Williamsport

The median gross income for households in Williamsport is $35,826 a year, or $2,986 a month. The median rent for the city is $722 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Williamsport, a household making less than $2,407 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 48.97% of households who rent are overburdened in Williamsport.1

Area Median Income In Williamsport

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 Williamsport, the AMI is calculated from all households within Lycoming County.

In Williamsport, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $64,000

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 Williamsport

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 Williamsport HUD Rental Assistance in Williamsport

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $13,450 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $42,250
50% of Median $22,400 $25,600 $28,800 $32,000 $34,600 $37,150 $39,700 $42,250
80% of Median $35,850 $41,000 $46,100 $51,200 $55,300 $59,400 $63,500 $67,600
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Williamsport

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

From 1992 to 2009, 7 low income apartment communities containing 286 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Williamsport 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 Williamsport

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $22,400 $25,600 $28,800 $32,000 $34,600 $37,150 $39,700 $42,250
60% of Median $26,880 $30,720 $34,560 $38,400 $41,520 $44,580 $47,640 $50,700

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 Williamsport is $34,560 a year, or $2,880 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,880 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $864 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% $560 $600 $720 $833 $929 $1,024
60% $672 $720 $864 $999 $1,115 $1,229
Fair Market Rents in Williamsport

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
$689 $694 $856 $1,152 $1,184