Vouchers are issued based on family size and limited to the applicable payment standard. Each year, ADOH establishes "Payment Standards." The Payment Standard is based on ADOH research and fair market rent data issued by HUD. If a voucher holder finds a unit where rent and utility costs are at or below the payment standard, the tenant pays a monthly rent equal to 30% of adjusted gross income and ADOH pays the remainder of the rent.
If a voucher holder rents a unit where the rent is above the payment standard, the tenant portion of rent is equal to 30% of adjusted gross income plus the difference between the payment standard and the contract rent. However, at the initial rental, the family contribution for rent can not exceed 40% of adjusted monthly income.