Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) Payment Standards are set, at least, annually by the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda (HACA) based on rental market information published 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.
Would you like to help a homeless US Veteran in need of housing?
Through the VASH program, in conjunction with HACA, staff from the Veterans Administration (VA) refer 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:
If your available unit is located in the cities of Albany, Emeryville, Hayward, San Leandro or San Lorenzo contact the HUD-VASH Triage Line: (510) 453-8478.
If your available unit is located in the cities of Castro Valley, Dublin, Fremont, Newark, Pleasanton, or Union City contact Regina Camacho, Supervisory Social Worker at Regina.Camacho@va.gov or (650) 304-2873.