Voucher Payment Standards

In the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, payment standards are used in the calculation of the housing assistance payment (HAP) that the Public Housing Agency (PHA) pays to the owner on behalf of the family leasing the unit. 24 C.F.R. 982.4 defines Payment Standard as the maximum monthly assistance payment for a family assisted in the voucher program (before deducting the total tenant payment by the family).

The payment standard for a family is the lower of:

• Payment standard for the family unit size indicated on the voucher; or

• Payment standard for the size of the unit leased by the family.


Payment standards take into account the contract rent amount, PLUS the tenant's assumed utility responsibility.  In addition to being used in the calculation of the Housing Assistance Payment, payment standards are also used to determine if a unit will be approved based affordability for the tenant.

The following is a link to the Utility Allowance Worksheets, which are a tool to help clients determine the cost of utilities we will be assuming for a particular unit, based on voucher/bedroom size.  The Voucher Payment Standards are listed at the bottom of each worksheet.

2020 Voucher Payment Standards

If you have questions about the affordability of a unit, Voucher Payment Standards, or Utility Allowance Worksheets, please contact your specialist.