Subsidy and Payment Standards

The Subsidy Standard refers to the maximum number of bedrooms HPD will subsidize. The Payment Standard refers to the maximum amount of subsidy HPD will pay for an apartment of the same size.

Subsidy Standards are based solely on the number of people residing in the assisted household. HPD will allot one bedroom/sleeping area per two people. HPD does not determine who shares a bedroom/sleeping room. If you rent an apartment with fewer bedrooms than what is listed on your voucher, your Payment Standard will match the number of bedrooms in the unit, not the voucher.

You may lease an apartment with a rent higher than the Payment Standard, but you must pay the difference and your total tenant share cannot exceed 40% of your income. HPD will not approve your subsidy in a unit where the landlord is a parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, sister or brother of any member of the assisted household. HPD may waive this restriction as a reasonable accommodation for a family member with a documented disability.

Family SizeSubsidy StandardsPayment Standards
1 1 $1,047 (SRO), $1,396 (Studio); $1,466 (1 Bedroom)
2 1 $1,466
3 or 4 2 $1,697
5 or 6 3 $2,183
7 or 8 4 $2,402

(Subsidy Standards effective December 1, 2014; Payment Standards effective July 1, 2016)

BedroomsGasElectricGas Heat & Hot WaterOil Heat & Hot WaterElectric Heat & Hot Water
SRO/Studio $16 $39 $38 $76 $167
1 $17 $40 $49 $108 $256
2 $17 $40 $56 $130 $316
3 $18 $54 $63 $152 $375
4 $19 $55 $70 $173 $435
5 $20 $66 $77 $195 $494

(Utility Allowances effective January 1, 2016)