Housing Assistance

Payment Standards & Utility Allowances

September 30, 2022

Payment Standards

Payment standards are used to calculate housing assistance payments for families receiving housing choice vouchers. The payment standard is the maximum monthly assistance payment that a family receives through the program, and varies based on the size of the household as defined by the bedroom number.

Bedroom SizePayment Standard
0$1,088
1$1,220
2$1,558
3$2,171
4$2,540
5$2,921
6$3,302
7$3,683
8$4,064
Effective 10/01/2022

Utility Allowances

Utility allowance is the average monthly cost of utilities and other services for an energy-conservative household of modest circumstances.

Every year, THA reviews its utility allowances. During this review, THA must determine if new rates will change THA’s utility allowances.

Through a partnership with Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU), THA has been able to collect regular updates to electrical consumption and rates. This allows THA to regularly update its own schedule using a rolling average of local data.

BedroomsLandlord PaysTenant Pays
0$58$149
1$62$155
2$78$194
3$102$246
4$127$300
5+$140$339
Effective 10/01/2022

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