**LOOK AT ENERGY SAVING RESOURCES AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE**
The PHA maintains Utility Allowance Schedules for all tenant-paid utilities (except cable, telephone, and other amenities), for the cost of tenant-supplied refrigerators and ranges, and for other tenant-paid utility services (e.g., trash collection disposal of waste and refuse).
The Utility Allowance is intended to help defray the cost of utilities not included in the rent. The utility allowance schedule is determined based on the typical cost of utilities and services paid by energy-conservative households that occupy housing of similar size in the same locality. In developing the schedule, the PHA uses normal patterns of consumption for the community, as a whole, and current utility rates.
A Utility Allowance Schedule is used by our Programs to determine the utility allowance that can be provided to a client. The type of unit, bedroom size, and the type of utilities the participant will be responsible for paying, will determines the amount of utility allowance provided.
The Low-Income Public Housing Program and Section 8 Program have separate Utility Allowance Schedules developed individually. Each program reviews utility allowances each year, and for more detail about the requirements of that process, please visit HUD's website by clicking HERE.
To apply for Individual Relief in Public Housing, download, complete and return the Utility Allowance Individual Relief Request Form available by clicking HERE. Please return to the AAHC Main Office at 727 Miller Ave., Ann Arbor, 48103.
CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW:
Any Public Housing Commission must notify all residents of proposed allowances, scheduled surcharges, or revisions to allowances at least 60 days prior the date the allowances are to become effective (see 24 CFR 965.502(c)).
The AAHC sent notification regarding this year's proposed allowances in a May 25, 2012 letter with the 60-day notice period commencing June 1, 2012.
Please see the full Resolution explaining this year's review process and allowances approved by the AAHC Board of Commissioners on May 16, 2012 by clicking HERE. (As required, these allowances are in a 60-day comment and review period.)
Please see the proposed monthly utility allowances to be effective August 1, 2012 by clicking HERE.
Please see the chart outlining previous and current utility rates impacting AAHC pubic housing units (electricity and gas) by clicking HERE.
Letter sent to all Public Housing residents as notification of the proposed utility allowance schedule - May 25, 2012 - click HERE.
PLEASE OBTAIN A COMMENT FORM HERE.
SECTION 8 / HCV
Utility Allowances have been reviewed and were approved by the AAHC Board of Commissioners meeting on June 27, 2012. The new Utility Allowance Schedule takes effect August 1, 2013.
Please click HERE for the AAHC's current Utility Allowance Schedule for PUBLIC HOUSING.
Please click HERE for the AAHC's current Utility Allowance Schedule for the SECTION 8/HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM and Shelter Plus Care Programs.
The PH Utility Allowance Schedule was approved on May 14, 2012 and the Section8/HCV/Shelter Plus Care Utility Allowance Schedule was approved on June 27, 2012.
REQUESTS FOR RELIEF
The Notice Letter to Public Housing Residents detailing the Utility Allowance Individual Relief Request policy and process is available by clicking HERE.
OTHER RESOURCES - PLEASE CLICK AND READ:
HUD UTILITY ALLOWANCE GUIDEBOOK, Sections - Introduction, Energy Efficiency and Information and Resources - CLICK HERE.
DTE WEBSITE - SAVING ENERGY SECTION - CLICK HERE.
APARTMENT ENERGY SAVING TIPS (N.Y. Source) - CLICK HERE.
U.S DEPT. OF ENERGY - CLICK HERE.