Subsidy Standards

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Housing size subsidy standards determine the number of bedrooms needed for families of different sizes.  SCCHA is legally required to give the family the smallest subsidy that they qualify for based on family size.  The family unit size number is entered on the voucher issued to the family.  The household member(s) will incur the additional cost for any bedroom(s) above the allocated unit size.

SCCHA does not determine where family members may sleep, or who shares a bedroom or other room in the home.

Determining Family Unit Size

Effective January 1, 2017, the subsidy standards are as follows:

  • One (1) room for every two people
  • Approved live-in aides qualify for one (1) additional room
  • An additional room may also be provided as a reasonable accommodation of a disability

Space Standards

Subsidy standards, as explained above, determine how many bedrooms the Housing Authority will assist in paying rent for. Sometimes households choose to live in units which have a different number of bedrooms from the number on the voucher. In those instances, there are also limits on how many people may live in a unit. The chart below shows the minimum and maximum number of person who may live in a unit without violating the Housing Authority's space standards.

Unit Size Persons in Household
Minimum Maximum
Unit Size:
Single Room Occupancy (SRO)
Persons in Household
Minimum: 1
Maximum: 1
Unit Size:
Studio (0 Bedroom)
Persons in Household
Minimum: 1
Maximum: 2
Unit Size:
1 Bedroom
Persons in Household
Minimum: 1
Maximum: 4
Unit Size:
2 Bedroom
Persons in Household
Minimum: 3
Maximum: 6
Unit Size:
3 Bedroom
Persons in Household
Minimum: 5
Maximum: 8
Unit Size:
4 Bedroom
Persons in Household
Minimum: 7
Maximum: 10
Unit Size:
5 Bedroom
Persons in Household
Minimum: 9
Maximum: 12
Unit Size:
6 Bedroom
Persons in Household
Minimum: 11
Maximum: 14