Rent & Utilities
HASCO’s voucher payment standards set the maximum amount the agency will pay each month to help a voucher holder with rent. They are based on current average market rents for the area. HASCO does not have specific limits on the amount that a landlord can charge for a unit on the voucher program. However, the rent charged must be comparable with the rents charged for similar units in the area, including other non-subsidized units at the same property.
If a voucher holder chooses a unit that rents at or below the voucher payment standard, they pay 30 percent of their monthly adjusted income toward rent and utilities. If a voucher holder chooses a unit that rents above the standard, they also pay the full amount for rent that exceeds the standard. Voucher holders may not move into a unit where rent and utilities cost more than 40 percent of their monthly adjusted income.
If there are any standard utilities that are not paid for by the landlord, HASCO provides a utility allowance to the voucher holder that helps them with their monthly utility costs. This amount is based on average utility costs in Snohomish County. Voucher holders receive it as a credit to their total monthly payment to their landlord. Voucher holders are responsible for paying their actual utility costs, which may exceed the utility allowance amount.
HASCO’s payment standards are based on the number of bedrooms in the unit and whether the unit is assisted with a regular Section 8 voucher or a Project-Based Voucher.
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As of May 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019, HASCO will not be issuing any new vouchers, and current voucher households moving to a new unit with their existing voucher, including those porting out to another housing authority, can only move to a unit that costs no more than the household’s current unit, including both rent and utilities.
If the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) notifies HASCO of a projected shortfall in our voucher funding for 2020, HASCO will stop issuing new vouchers and will limit costs of voucher moves, including port-outs, so that HASCO can avoid terminating anyone from the voucher program due to lack of funding.
Current participants should contact their Housing Specialist as soon as they start planning to move to find out if there are any moving restrictions in place.
Utility allowances depend on the building type, utilities paid by the tenant, and the number of bedrooms in the unit. The current utility allowances for each housing type can be found on the right side of the page.
Voucher holders receive a utility allowance based on the lower of their unit’s actual number of bedrooms, and the number of bedrooms on the family’s voucher.
Revised utility allowance schedules are applied at the family’s next annual reexamination date on or after the effective date of the new utility allowance schedule, or for new occupancies/rehouses that begin on or after the effective date of the schedule.