LA County Affordable, 2023 Income Limits

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To qualify for affordable housing, the county establishes income limits based on household income.  Below is the 2023 income criteria for 2023

FY 2023 Income Limits Summary

NOTE: Los Angeles County is part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA HUD Metro FMR Area, so all information presented here applies to all of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA HUD Metro FMR Area. HUD generally uses the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) area definitions in the calculation of income limit program parameters. However, to ensure that program parameters do not vary significantly due to area definition changes, HUD has used custom geographic definitions for the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA HUD Metro FMR Area.

The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA HUD Metro FMR Area contains the following areas: Los Angeles County, CA;

* The FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act changed the definition of extremely low-income to be the greater of 30/50ths (60 percent) of the Section 8 very low-income limit or the poverty guideline as established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provided that this amount is not greater than the Section 8 50% very low-income limit. Consequently, the extremely low income limits may equal the very low (50%) income limits.

Income Limit areas are based on FY 2023 Fair Market Rent (FMR) areas. For information on FMRs, please see our associated FY 2023 Fair Market Rent documentation system.

FY 2023 Low-Income Income Limits Calculation

In general, most 4-person low-income limits are the higher of 80 percent of the area median family income or 80 percent of the State non-metropolitan median family level. However, calculating low-income limits as 80 percent of the area median family income may produce anomalies inconsistent with statutory intent because the very low-income limits are not always based on 50 percent of the median(e.g., very-low income limits could be higher than low-income limits).

The calculation normally used, therefore, is to set the 4-person low-income limit at 1.6 (i.e. 80%/50%) times the relevant 4-person very low income limit. The only exception is that the resulting income limit may not exceed the U.S. median family income level ($96,200 for FY 2023) except when justified by high housing costs. Use of very low-income limits as a starting point for calculating other income limits tied to Section (3)(b)(2) of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 has the effect of adjusting low-income limits in areas where the very low-income limits have been adjusted because of unusually high or low housing-cost-to-income relationships.

  1. The first step of calculating low-income limits is to establish the preliminary 4-person income limit. This is derived by multiplying the 4-person very low-income limit by 1.6 (80%/50%) and rounding the product to the nearest 50.

Low-Income Limit Calculation For Families With More Than 8 People

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