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Energy consumption in public and assisted housing significantly affects the affordability of such housing. Energy bills also affect the fair market rents calculated on an annual basis by HUD for each urban area and rural country.

The installation of energy efficiency measures can improve the affordability of public and assisted housing units. The conversion of public housing from master meters to individual meters is often proposed as an energy conservation strategy. Such an action, however, must meet strict federal tests of economic cost-effectiveness and be examined to determine whether the conversion benefits or harms public housing tenants.

Local housing authorities have a legal responsibility to set reasonable utility allowances for residents of public and assisted housing. Utility allowances should adequately cover electric and natural gas costs (as well as other heating fuels) and water/sewer costs. FSC work has found that local housing authorities can set heating, non-heating and water/sewer utility allowances inappropriately low in any number of ways.


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Analysis of Dade County Public Housing Utility Allowances
The Role of Utility Costs in Setting Fair Market Rents for Section 8 Housing
Analysis of the Public Housing Utility Allowances for the Gallia (OH) Metropolitan Housing Authority

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