HOUSING ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS

Calculating Housing Assistance Payments 

Payment Standard
Payment standards are used to calculate the rent portion that SAHA will pay or the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP). The payment standard reflects the maximum HAP that 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. 


PAYMENT STANDARD SCHEDULE | Effective 1/1/18
Bedroom
Size
0
Bedroom
1
Bedroom
2
Bedroom
3
Bedroom
4
Bedroom
5
Bedroom
6
Bedroom
Payment Standard $584 $721 $901 $1,189 $1,444 $1,661 $1,877

Total Tenant Payment (TTP)
The TTP is the rent portion that 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 TTP, the participant is responsible for reporting all income.

Effective July 1, 2015, a simplified rent calculation is used based on 27.5% of the family’s monthly gross income. The simplified rent calculation no longer factors expenses and allowances.

Income Included in Annual Income

Income Not Included in Annual Income

  • Employment
  • Regular Contributions
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Child Support
  • Social Security/SSI
  • TANF
  • Retirement Benefits
  • Alimony
  • Live-in aides
  • Foster children
  • Food stamps
  • Employment income of children under the age of 18
  • Employment income above $480 of full-time students 18 years or older

 However, for participants who qualify for a Hardship Exemption or who otherwise do not qualify for rent simplification, TTP will be determined by the family’s annual income and adjusted income with expense and allowance deductions. For more information on deductions and calculation of TTP using adjusted income, please see below.
 
The adjusted income deducts the following amounts from the annual income:

  • $480 for each child under 18 years or for each disabled adult, excluding foster children, foster adults, and live-in aides
  • $400 for any elderly or disabled family (An elderly family is a family whose head, spouse, cohead or sole member is 62 years of age or older; A disabled family is a family whose head, spouse, cohead or sole member is a person with disabilities)
  • Unreimbursed medical expenses of any elderly family or disabled family
  • Unreimbursed attendant care and auxiliary apparatus expenses that allows a person with disabilities to be employed
  • Any reasonable child care expenses necessary to allow a member of the family to be employed

The annual income and adjusted income are then divided by 12 to create the monthly (adjusted) income.
SAHA uses the lesser of 30% of the family’s monthly adjusted income or 10% of the family’s monthly gross income (annual income without deductions) to set the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). 

Housing Assistance Payment 

SAHA determines the Housing Assistance Payment based on the Payment Standard and the lesser of the Total Tenant Payment or Gross Rent.

Payment Standard – Total Tenant Payment (TTP) = Housing Assistance Payment (HAP)
or
Gross Rent – Total Tenant Payment (TTP) = Housing Assistance Payment (HAP

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

The Housing Choice Voucher Program has 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.

The following Flat Utility Allowance Schedule will be effective for vouchers issued in January 2017 and for January 2017 recertifications.

FLAT UTILITY ALLOWANCE SCHEDULE 

Bedroom
Size

0
Bedroom

1
Bedroom

2
Bedroom

3
Bedroom

4
Bedroom

5
Bedroom

6
Bedroom

Utility
Allowance

$76

$95

$125

$176

$216

$280

$293

 For HCV participants who qualify for hardship and participants of Special Programs, the existing (non-flat) Utility Allowance Schedule still applies. The allowance is based on an average rate for the area. Any utility usage above the allowed average will be the participant’s responsibility. 

Allowances for Tenant-Furnished Utilities and other Services
Click here to view the Utility Allowances