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 only for new contracts. For rent increases, there is no limit as to what the landlord may request subject to what the Berkeley Housing Authority determines is a reasonable rent based on comparison with unassisted rental units in the housing market. 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 November 1, 2014 for new contracts and January 1, 2015 for existing contracts

0 Bedrooms  

1 Bedroom  

2 Bedrooms  

3 Bedrooms  

4 Bedrooms  

$1,142  

$1,386  

$1,743  

$2,434  

$2,987  

 

 

 

Map of areas (click here)

HUD Income Guidelines, Effective March 6, 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

$19,500

$32,550

$50,150

2

  22,300

  37,200

  57,300

3

  25,100

  41,850

  64,450

4

  27,850

  46,450

  71,600

5

  30,100

  50,200

  77,350

6

  32,570

  53,900

  83,100

7

  36,730

  57,600

  88,800

8

  40,890

  61,350

  94,550

 

 

2014 Utility Allowances 

Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 2014 for Apartments (5 or more units)

 Utility Allowance (pdf) 

Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 2014 for Row House/Townhouse & Semi-Detached/Duplex, Triplex, Fourplex

Utility Allowance (pdf)   

Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 201 for Detached House (Single Family Residence)

Utility Allowance (pdf)  

2013 Utility Allowances

 

Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 2013 for Apartments (5 or more units)

Utility Allowance (pdf)  

Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 2013 for Row House/Townhouse & Semi-Detached/Duplex, Triplex, Fourplex

Utility Allowance (pdf)  

Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 2013 for Detached House (Single Family Residence)

Utility Allowance (pdf) 

2013 Utility Allowances

 

Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 2013 for Apartments (5 or more units)

Utility Allowance (pdf)  

Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 2013 for Row House/Townhouse & Semi-Detached/Duplex, Triplex, Fourplex

Utility Allowance (pdf)  

Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 2013 for Detached House (Single Family Residence)

Utility Allowance (pdf) 

2013 Utility Allowances

 

Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 2013 for Apartments (5 or more units)

Utility Allowance (pdf)  

Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 2013 for Row House/Townhouse & Semi-Detached/Duplex, Triplex, Fourplex

Utility Allowance (pdf)  

Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 2013 for Detached House (Single Family Residence)

Utility Allowance (pdf) 

 

     

2013 Utility Allowances

Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 2013 for Apartments (5 or more units)

Utility Allowance (pdf)  

Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 2013 for Row House/Townhouse & Semi-Detached/Duplex, Triplex, Fourplex

Utility Allowance (pdf)  

Utility Allowance, Effective July 1, 2013 for Detached House (Single Family Residence)

Utility Allowance (pdf) 

 

 

2012 Utility Allowances

Utility Allowance, Effective June 1, 2012 for Apartments (5 or more units)

Utility Allowance (pdf)

Utility Allowance, Effective June 1, 2012 for Row House/Townhouse & Semi-Detached/Duplex, Triplex, Fourplex

Utility Allowance (pdf)

Utility Allowance, Effective June 1, 2012 for Detached House (Single Family Residence)

Utility Allowance (pdf)

2011 Utility Allowances

Utility Allowance, Effective June 1, 2011 for Apartments (5 or more units)

Utility Allowance (pdf)

Utility Allowance, Effective June 1, 2011 for Row House/Townhouse & Semi-Detached/Duplex, Triplex, Fourplex

Utility Allowance (pdf)

Utility Allowance, Effective June 1, 2011 for Detached House (Single Family Residence)

Utility Allowance (pdf)