Rent & Utilities

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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.

Payment Standards

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.

Payment Standards Lookup

Energy Assistance Supplements

KCHA's energy assistance supplements—formerly called utility allowances—depend on the building type, the electricity provider, and the number of bedrooms in the unit. These rates took effect Feb. 1, 2013 and remain in place today.

Single-Family Buildings

Provider W/S/G Payer 0/1 BR 2 BR 3 BR 4 BR 5+ BR
Seattle City Light Tenant $149 $188 $234 $292 $339
Seattle City Light Owner $79 $107 $133 $174 $202
Puget Sound Energy Tenant $170 $211 $260 $323 $372
Puget Sound Energy Owner $100 $130 $160 $205 $235
Owner Tenant $70 $81 $100 $118 $137

Multi-Family Buildings

Provider W/S/G Payer 0/1 BR 2 BR 3 BR 4+ BR
Seattle City Light Tenant $108 $134 $170 $211
Seattle City Light Owner $38 $53 $70 $93
Puget Sound Energy Tenant $127 $154 $191 $233
Puget Sound Energy Owner $57 $73 $90 $115
Owner Tenant $70 $81 $100 $118
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