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Payment Standards (Section 8 Voucher)

The Section 8 Voucher Payment Standard is the most the Housing Authority can pay to help a family with rent. The family's voucher will show the number of bedrooms authorized by the Housing Authority, based on the number of persons in the family.

The Housing Authority establishes Voucher Payment Standards based on the Fair Market Rents (FMR), which are established at least annually by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Payment Standard is the maximum subsidy the Housing Authority can provide toward the contract rent (rent plus utility allowance for utilities, stove or refrigerator paid or provided by the tenant).


2022 Payment Standard Schedule
(effective May 1, 2022)

North Santa Barbara County

  • 0 Bedroom $1,728
  • 1 Bedroom $2,015
  • 2 Bedroom $2,595
  • 3 Bedroom $3,137
  • 4 Bedroom $3,589
  • 5 Bedroom $4,127
  • 6 Bedroom $4,666

South Santa Barbara County

  • 0 Bedroom $2,062
  • 1 Bedroom $2,372
  • 2 Bedroom $2,767
  • 3 Bedroom $3,647
  • 4 Bedroom $4,169
  • 5 Bedroom $4,540