Payment Standard & Utility Deductions

Payment Standard -- Cambridge

The Payment Standard is the maximum rent that an HCV participant is allowed to pay for rent (by bedroom size). The total amount is a combination of the tenant payment and CHA’s portion of the payment. CHA establishes its Payment Standards based on the Fair Market Rents (FMR). Payment Standard below is effective January 1st, 2020Click here to view the chart.

Zip Code

SRO

Studio

1BR

2BR

3BR

4BR

5BR

02138

$1,700

$2,275

$2,500

$3,050

$3,820

$4,125

$4,744

02139

$1,675 

$2,225

$2,475 

$3,000 

$3,725

$4,075 

$4,686

02140

$1,550 

$2,075 

$2,300 

$2,800

$3,500 

$3,800 

$4,370

02141

$1,550 

$2,075 

$2,300 

$2,800 

$3,500 

$3,800 

$4,370

02142

$1,850 

$2,450 

$2,700 

$3,300 

$4,120 

$4,500

$5,175

Payment Standard -- Greater Boston Area

For units rented outside of the City of Cambridge, CHA uses the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) Payment Standard chart which lists the standard amount for cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth. The Payment Standard below is effective July 1st, 2019.

Click here to view the chart.

Utility Deduction

CHA’s utility allowance schedule shows the typical cost of utilities and services that will be used to calculate deductions subtracted from the payment standard amount when a resident is responsible to pay for utilities and services (gas, oil, electricity, water and sewer).

CHA 2020 Utility Allowance Greater Boston Area Chart (Effective November 1st, 2019)

CHA 2019 Utility Allowance Cambridge Chart (Effective June 1st, 2019)

CHA 2017 Utility Allowance Chart (Effective July 1st, 2017)