Rent & Utilities
KCHA's payment standards define the highest amount we will pay each month to help a tenant with rent. They are based on current average market rent rates for the King County area.
If a tenant chooses a unit that rents at or below the standard, they pay 28 percent of their monthly income toward rent and utilities. If a tenant chooses a unit that rents above the standard, they also pay the full amount for rent that exceeds the standard. Tenants may not move into a unit where rent and utilities cost more than 40 percent of their monthly income.
If a tenant pays for utilities, KCHA also provides them with a monthly energy assistance supplement. This amount is based on an average utility rate for the King County area. Tenants receive it as a credit to their total monthly payment. They must pay for any utility costs above the supplement amount.
Our payment standards depend on two factors: the number of bedrooms in the home and where it is located within King County. Use the lookup tool below to see the standards that apply to a given ZIP code. You may also view the full list of tiers by ZIP code (PDF, 6.9 MB). These standards took effect January 1, 2017 and remain in place today.