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Utility Allowances

To keep assisted housing affordable for lower-income households, federal housing law directs that the resident's share of rent in federally assisted public housing should equal 30 percent of the household's adjusted monthly income. In interpreting the federal housing law, HUD has defined the Total Resident Payment for "rent" to include both shelter and the costs for reasonable amounts of utilities. The amount that is necessary to cover the resident's reasonable utility costs is the utility allowance.

Such allowances are estimates of the expenses associated with different types of utilities and their uses. The utilities for which allowances may be provided include electricity, natural gas, propane, fuel oil, wood or coal, and water and sewage service, as well as garbage collection. The functions, or end-uses, covered by an allowance may include space heating, water heating, cooling, refrigeration, lighting, or appliances. Allowances are not provided for telephone service.

 The Utility Allowances below are effective as of October 2018

Attached Dwellings

Gas

Usage

0 BR1 BR2 BR3 BR4 BR
Space Heating$11$14$20$24$28

Cooking

$4$6$7$8$9
Water Heating$6$8$9$11$13

Wood

Usage0 BR1 BR2 BR3 BR4 BR
Space Heating$27$27$27$53$80

Propane

Usage0 BR1 BR2 BR3 BR4 BR
Space Heating$36$47$66$74$83
Cooking$14$21$24$27$31
Water Heating$21$27$31$38$45

Electricity

Usage0 BR1 BR2 BR3 BR4 BR
Space Heating$26$39$57$72$88
Cooking$8$9$12$15$19
Water Heating$24$30$36$45$56

Other Allowances

Usage0 BR1 BR2 BR3 BR4 BR
Other Electric$20$24$30$33$36
Water$26$37$48$58$74
Sewer$40$56$71$87$111
Garbage$22$22$22$38$38
Range$4$4$4$4$4
Refrigerator$6$6$6$6$6

Detached Dwellings and Mobile Homes

Gas

Usage0 BR1 BR2 BR3 BR4 BR
Space Heating$15$19$28$33$39
Cooking$4$6$7$8$9
Water Heating$6$8$9$11$13

Wood

Usage0 BR1 BR2 BR3 BR4 BR
Space Heating$27$27$27$53$80

Propane

Usage0 BR1 BR2 BR3 BR4 BR
Space Heating$50$63$84$96$109
Cooking$14$21$24$27$31
Water Heating2$21$27$31$38$45

Electricity

Usage0 BR1 BR2 BR3 BR4 BR
Space Heating$39$52$73$93$114
Cooking$8$9$12$15$19
Water Heating$24$30$36$45$56

Other Allowances

Usage0 BR1 BR2 BR3 BR4 BR
Other Electric$20$24$30$33$36
Water$26$37$48$58$74
Sewer$40$56$71$87$111
Garbage$22$22$22$38$38
Range$4$4$4$4$4
Refrigerator$6$6$6$6$6

Contact Information

Martha Cheever
Housing Authority Manager
Community Development Commission
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Housing Authority Administrative Plan

The purpose of the administrative plan is to establish policies for carrying out the programs in a manner consistent with HUD requirements and local goals contained in our agency's plan.

Housing Authority Admin Plan
Last updated July 2018