Payment Standards, Income Limits, and Utility Allowance 

Tenants are not required to pay more than 40 percent of the income as rent. The maximum rent shown below is set by payment standards.  We understand your participation in the Section 8 Program is a business endeavor, and your rents  need to keep pace with current market conditions.  The rent must be reasonable – comparable to rents for similar unassisted unites.  If the rent approved for a unit equals the Payment Standard, the family will not receive an allowance for any tenant paid utilities.  If the rent demanded is greater than the Payment Standard for the unit size, you will become subject to registration and payment of registration fees to the Rent Board and the unit will also be covered by many provisions of the Berkeley Rent Control Ordinance.  In addition, the rent you will be able to collect will most likely be the most recent Payment Standard plus Rent Control increases and NOT the market rent you are seeking.The Housing Authority would continue to pay the amount below as a maximum, but tenants may choose either to pay the amount of the increase or relocate to a more affordable unit using their voucher. 

Payment Standards, Effective February 12, 2016 for new contracts and April 1, 2016 for existing contracts:

SRO

0 Bedrooms  

1 Bedroom  

2 Bedrooms  

3 Bedrooms  

4 Bedrooms  

$1,086

$1,449  

$1,746  

$2,208

$3,078  

$3,431  

 

HUD Income Guidelines, Effective March 29, 2015

Families admitted to the Section 8 program must be extremely low income (30% of area median income), or very low income (50% of area median income).  If a family was participating in any other 1937 Housing Act program at the time they were issued a voucher, they may qualify with income up through the low income category (up to 80% of area median income).

 

Household
Size

30% of Median
Extremely Low

50% of Median
Very Low

80% of Median
Low

1

$20,500

$34,150

$52,650

2

  23,400

  39,000

  60,150

3

  26,350

  43,900

  67,650

4

  29,250

  48,750

  75,150

5

  31,600

  52,650

  81,200

6

  33,950

  56,550

  87,200

7

  36,730

  60,450

  93,200

8

  40,890

  64,350

  99,200

 2016 Utility Allowances 

 Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 2016 for Row House/Townhouse & Semi-Detached/Duplex, Triplex, Fourplex

Utility Allowance (pdf)     

Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 2016 for Detached House (Single Family Residence)

Utility Allowance (pdf)    

Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 2016 for Apartments (5 or more units)

Utility Allowance (pdf) 

 

 

 2015 Utility Allowances 

 Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 2015 for Row House/Townhouse & Semi-Detached/Duplex, Triplex, Fourplex

Utility Allowance (pdf)    

Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 2015 for Detached House (Single Family Residence)

Utility Allowance (pdf)   

Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 2015 for Apartments (5 or more units)

Utility Allowance (pdf)