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Subsidy Standards

Caribou Municipal Building
25 High St
Caribou, Maine 04736
Lisa Plourde, Executive Director
Sue Ouellette, FSS/Homeownership
Phone: (207) 493-4234
Fax: (207) 376-0178


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Things to Consider When Choosing a Unit 

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Subsidy Standards

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40% Affordability Process

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The Housing Agency determines your voucher size based on your family composition and a set of subsidy standards.   The subsidy standards determine voucher size in the following way.   The household is assigned one bedroom for the head of household and their spouse or domestic partner.   Additionally, the household is granted one additional bedroom for every two additional household members, regardless of age or sex.

The standards must provide for the smallest number of bedrooms necessary to house a family while avoiding overcrowding.   This method is only used to determine the voucher size assigned to the household.   The household may distribute the total bedrooms among household members in any way they choose.

Subsidy standards may change over time.   If you move to a different unit, we will re-determine your voucher size based on the current subsidy standards.   Additionally, if you add or remove household members, we will apply current subsidy standards at your next annual reexamination to determine the voucher size your family is eligible for.

The Housing Agency may grant an exception to the subsidy standards if it makes a determination that the exception is justified by health, handicap, or other extreme circumstances on a case by case basis.   Requests for exceptions to voucher size must be made in writing to the Housing Agency.  Please see Special Needs Q&A for more information.