Housing assistance payment.
Housing assistance payment. The payment made by the contract administrator to the owner of an assisted unit as provided in the contract. Where the unit is leased to an eligible family, the payment is the difference between the contract rent and the tenant rent. An additional payment is made to the family when the utility allowance is greater than the total tenant payment. A housing assistance payment, known as a vacancy payment. may be made to the owner when an assisted unit is vacant, in accordance with the terms of the contract.