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The utility allowance schedules are available for use by all Home Investment Partnerships (HOME), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-D), Rental Housing Tax Credits (RHTC/Section 42), and Section 8 HCV programs funded by Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. These allowances are effective as of April 1, 2012 and are applicable to all units funded via the above-referenced programs unless you will be using one of the options outlined below.
Alternative Option 1 – An independent utility study may be utilized on letterhead (of the utility company) and kept on file. You must contact the local utility provider and request a letter that outlines the location to be assessed, the specific utility, and the exact figures or a range of usage to use as an allowance. This may be a specific unit, street, neighborhood, development, city, town, or county.
If there is vacant land or an area where there are not clearly comparable units to obtain allowances, you may submit details of dimensions and/or floorplans in order for the provider to provide figures based on similar units in the area.
Alternative Option 2 – Each Public Housing Authority (PHA) has utility allowances that are derived from HUD. Applicants/Recipients are allowed to use these allowances as they are HUD numbers if the project is within the jurisdiction of the local PHA. Contact your local PHA to obtain their published utility allowances. The allowances used must be specific in relation to location of the development.