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Payment Standards

Payment Standards: What they ARE and what they're NOT

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) Payment Standards are set, at least, annually by the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda (HACA) based on rental market informationpublished each year by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

  • A payment standard is HACA's maximum allowable monthly assistance toward an assisted family's gross rent.  Gross rent is the total of the (1) contract rent charged by the landlord; and (2) the utility allowance that HACA credits to the family for those essential utilities for which the family is responsible, including a stove or refrigerator provided by the family.
  • Payment standards DO NOT determine or limit the rent a landlord may charge. As described in "How Much Rent Can I Charge?", the maximum contract rent a landlord may charge is based on the reasonable rent for the unit and the family's income.
  • As applicable, payment standards DO determine how much of the rent is paid by HACA, and how much by the family.

HACA has new payment standards for annual reexaminations effective March 1, 2016 and new move-ins effective February 8, 2016.  These payment standards also apply to the VASH program.  Through the VASH program, in conjunction with HACA, staff from the Veterans Administration (VA) refer to veterans who are looking for housing to you and provide ongoing support to you and the veteran.  If you would like to learn more about how the VASH program can help you find qualified tenants, saving money on advertising costs, as well as time, contact Alfred Sims, Housing Specialist with the VA.  Mr. Sims can be contacted at (209) 272-5675 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

HACA Payment Standards 2016-Section 8 & VASH
(Effective 2/8/2016)

  Effective Date 0-BR 1-BR 2-BR 3-BR 4-BR 5-BR 6-BR
Albany, Castro Valley, Emeryville 2/8/2016 $1,352 $1,630 $2,061 $2,873 $3,203 $3,684 $4,164
Dublin, Pleasanton 2/8/2016 $1,421 $1,713 $2,166 $3,020 $3,366 $3,872 $4,376
Fremont, Newark, Union City 2/8/2016 $1,394 $1,680 $2,124 $2,961 $3,301 $3,797 $4,291
Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo 2/8/2016 $1,311 $1,580 $1,998 $2,785 $3,105 $3,571 $4,037
Manufactured Home Space Rent 2/8/2016 $842 $842 $842 $842 $842 $842 $842

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