Housing Assistance Payments

CALCULATING HOUSING ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS

PAYMENT
STANDARD
SCHEDULE

Payment standards are used to calculate the rent portion SAHA will pay, also known as the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP). The payment standard reflects the maximum payment SAHA can pay based on the Fair Market Rents (FMR), which are established by HUD annually.

SAHA establishes the payment standard amounts by bedroom size.

BEDROOM SIZE0123456
PAYMENT STANDARD$584$721$901$1,189$1,444$1,661$1,877

TOTAL
TENANT
PAYMENT

The Total Tenant Payment is the rent portion the family pays and is determined by the family’s annual income. The annual income is all anticipated income for every member of the household. Although not all income is included in determining the tenant’s payment, the participant is responsible for reporting all income.


INCOME INCLUDED IN ANNUAL INCOME

  • Employment
  • Regular Contributors
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Child Support
  • Social Security/SSI
  • TANF
  • Retirement Benefits
  • Alimony

INCOME NOT INCLUDED IN ANNUAL INCOME

  • Live-in Aides
  • Foster Children
  • Food Stamps
  • Employment income of child under the age
  • Employment income above $480 of full-time students 18 years or older

Utility
Allowance

SAHA provides a monthly utility allowance to eligible families for participant-paid utilities.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program implemented flat utility allowances, which will eliminate fluctuation in the contract rent amounts for program participants. The utility allowances will now be based on bedroom size only, and there will be no fluctuation between some utilities being provided and all utilities being provided; however, if the unit is an all bills paid unit, the participant’s utility allowance will be $0.

BEDROOM SIZE0123456
UTILITY ALLOWANCE$76$96$125$176$216$280$293