Notice of Proposed Utility Allowances

Posted on January 16, 2017

Notice of Public Review & Comment
Public Housing Utility Allowances

The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) has completed its annual review of the Public Housing Utility Allowances and encourages residents to review the proposed utility allowances (see reverse side of this notice), and supporting documentation. Residents may also provide written comments as noted below. 

Pursuant to regulation 24 CFR 965.502, the HACP hereby provides 60-days notice to its public housing residents of the proposed utility allowances. 

DATES AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW:  January 13, 2017 through March 14, 2017 – comment period: January 27, 2017 through February 27, 2017. 

The HACP records and documents that provide the basis for the proposed utility allowances are available for review and comment during the dates listed above and at the following locations:

  • HACP’s main administrative office at:  200 Ross Street, 6th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Changes were made due to:

  • Annual update 

Basis of determination:

Specific information and characteristics about the HACP’s dwelling units were collected for each applicable bedroom size. Data gathered included building type, approximate age, fuel types, construction materials, window types, and mechanicals; including, but not limited to stove, refrigerator, hot water tank, furnace, but not air conditioning. Utility allowances were calculated by utilizing this data along with utility rates charged by the utility companies and standard consumption rates for the region. 

The HACP will gather all comments and review them at the close of the comment period.  All written comments will be retained by the HACP and shall be available for inspection by residents. 

Requests for relief from surcharges for excess consumption and payment of supplier billings in excess of the allowances for resident purchased utilities may be granted by the HACP on reasonable grounds, for example, special needs for the elderly, ill or disabled residents, or special factors on a case-by-case basis.  You may request relief from any such surcharge by making an oral or written request for an accommodation to HACP management. 

PROPOSED EFFECTIVE DATE OF IMPLEMENTATION:  MAY 1, 2017. 

These rates will be as follows: 

High-Rise Communities (effective at re-certification)

0-Bedroom (efficiency) - $43.00

1-Bedroom - $43.00

 

Family Communities (effective at re-certification)                                                                                            

Bedroom Size

Semi-Detached Detached New Construction 
All gas*
New Construction
All electric*

2

$182.00

$189.00
(no change)

$120.00

$170.00
(no change)

3

$194.00

$216.00

$140.00

$204.00
(no change)

4

$284.00
(no change)

$265.00 

$162.00

$235.00
(no change)

5

n/a

n/a

$184.00

$264.00
(no change)

 *Low Income Public Housing (LIPH) Scattered Site units built from 2010 to present.       

Persons with disabilities in need of assistance, or an alternate means of reviewing and understanding the process, may contact Robin Smith at 412-456-5282, ext. 3, to discuss options.