Housing Choice Voucher Program

Bath Housing administers 134 Housing Choice Vouchers (commonly known as Section 8). This program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, seniors, and disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing available in the private market.

Click here for a detailed description of the Program (note: this is a sample packet): HCV Briefing Packet

In the HCV program, families generally pay 30% of their income towards housing. This includes rent plus utilities, known as gross rent. The amount of the subsidy paid by Bath Housing depends on the Payment Standard adopted for each apartment size (number of bedrooms). Additional to rent subsidy, Bath Housing has a Utility Allowance based on the size of unit for the cost of utilities not included in rent. Whatever the total amount of the landlord owed rent plus BHA Utility Allowance that is over 30% of the voucher holder’s income will be paid for by BHA. If the gross rent for a unit exceeds the Payment Standard, a housing choice voucher holder may choose to pay the higher rent. However, a family with a choice voucher is not allowed to move into a unit where 40% of its adjusted income goes to rent.


Family Size Bedrooms
1-2      people 1
2-4      people 2
3-6      people 3
4-8      people 4
6-10    people 5



# Bedrooms Payment Standard
0 $646.00
1 $774.00
2 $896.00
3 $1,184.00
4 $1,370.00