We're trying to get some consistency in our various affordable rental projects on occupancy levels (and how they relate to income limits and rents). I would appreciate knowing how other communities deal with this; ordinances and policies would be especially helpful.
1. On locally-subsidized or regulated complexes, we usually have a provision that there be no fewer than one person per bedroom in an affordable unit. Our belief is that the purpose of the program is to provide shelter for people, not home offices or sewing rooms. Plus, we generally base affordable rents on a presumed number of occupants (eg 3 perople in a 2BR unit) and smaller households would be - by definition - overpaying. One of our developers is balking at being forced to "discriminate" against small families or single people - any advice?
2. The local ordinance - like state and federal law - states that affordable rent is adjusted by household size. The strict interpretation would be that two-person family would pay a lot less for a 3BR apartment than would a 4-person family. This can be impractical (for family and developer) so we generally build in a presumed number of occupants. Most of the time we've used number-of-bedrooms-plus-one; sometimes we've used one-and-a-half-persons per-bedroom. Has anyone else done this? State and federal citations would also be appreciated.