Does a Housing Choice Voucher pay for utilities?

Answer

Most of the time, no, if you do qualify for a utility reimbursement, it won’t fully cover your actual monthly costs.

If your income is extremely low or at zero, the Housing Authority will do a calculation to see if your family qualifies for the utility reimbursement. If you do qualify, the PHA will send a monthly utility reimbursement check to you or directly pay it to the utility company. Unless you qualify for a hardship exemption (rarely is that granted), there will be a minimum amount of rent for which your family is responsible. That minimum amount is usually between twenty-five and fifty dollars. It will be included in the calculation and deducted from the utility reimbursement before you are sent the actual check.

More Section 8 FAQs from Low Income Households

  • Can I be evicted if my HUD apartment is sold?
  • How Much Are Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers Worth
  • What is Section 8?
  • How do I check my status on a waiting list?
  • Will Section 8 vouchers pay my mortgage?