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HUD – Section 8 Vouchers and Small Area Fair Market Rents

HUD proposes to set Fair Market Rents (FMRs) by ZIP code instead of using the current metropolitan area-wide standard with an adjustment for high-cost areas. According to HUD, this approach is intended to increase voucher holders’ access to a greater number of units in low poverty areas while reducing excess subsidy from some high poverty neighborhoods.

HUD’s proposed rule is particularly focused on metropolitan areas with a wide variance in rents being charged to tenants and where voucher holders are concentrated in a few high-poverty neighborhoods. The pool of those metropolitan areas could change depending on whether they still meet the criteria at the time the rule goes into effect. The following metro areas are currently included under the proposed rule:


  • Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA
  • Bergen-Passaic, NJ
  • Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC
  • Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX
  • Fort Lauderdale-Pompano-Deerfield Beach, FL
  • Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
  • Gary, IN
  • Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Jackson, MS
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Monmouth-Ocean, NJ
  • Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY
  • New York, NY
  • North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL
  • Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA
  • Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA
  • San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
  • San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  • Tacoma-Lakewood, WA
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
  • Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD
  • West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL

To compare the current FMR to the proposed SAFMR for the metropolitan areas above, click here. The list is sorted by ZIP code. Please note that those ZIP codes that start with “0” or “00” will only have four or three digits, respectively.