Negative Rent
(01/01/19 - 12/31/19)
Participants may have some or all of their utilities paid by Negative Rent, also known as Energy Assistance, when one of the following apply:
They live in public housing and their rent is zero
They live in Section 8 Project based Rental Housing
They are recipients of a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher
Verify the following information for these budgetary units:
Rental obligation amount
Utility Allowance amount
Utility reimbursement amount
Energy Assistance amount
Energy Assistance can be paid directly to one of the following:
The participant
Utility company
The NA budgetary unit does not qualify for the utility allowance when they have no out of pocket utility expense.
When the energy assistance is paid directly to the participant and the payment is less than the utility expenses, complete the following:
Deduct the assistance amount received from the utility expenses. Apply the assistance to the telephone bill last.
After deducting the energy assistance, key any remaining balance of utility expenses on EXNS. (See Example Negative Rent)
Document the case file to support the determination.
See Energy Assistance Payments when the payment is more than the utility expense.
When the payment is paid directly to the utility company, it is considered a vendor payment.
Allow all utility costs for budgetary units who receive Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) payments, even when paid as a vendor payment. (See Energy Assistance)