The Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 created the project-based Section 8 rental assistance program. Under the program, HUD enters into contracts with property owners to provide rental assistance for a fixed period of time for low-income families. Project-based Section 8 assistance may be provided only for tenants with incomes no greater than 80 percent of the area median income (AMI) and tenants generally pay rent equal to 30 percent of adjusted household income.
HFAs and Project Based Section 8
In 1999, HUD began an initiative to contract out the oversight and administration of most of its project-based contracts; some were contracted out to State Housing Finance Agencies. These HFAs are now responsible for conducting on-site management reviews of assisted projects; adjusting contract rents; reviewing, processing, and paying monthly vouchers submitted by owners; renewing contracts with property owners; and responding to health and safety issues at the property. These performance-based contract administrators (PBCAs) now administer the majority of project-based Section 8 contracts.
HFAs administer Section 8 project-based contracts subsidizing more than 650,000 apartments, including 250,000 apartments in properties they have financed and more than 400,000 apartments formerly administered by HUD. Advocating for enough HUD funding to honor existing project-based assistance commitments is one of NCSHA’s Legislative Priorities. Another priority is to aggressively represent the interests of HFAs in HUD’s PBCA program and ensure that HUD recognizes HFAs’ proven capacity and track record to serve as PBCAs.
Useful Links: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD Section 8 Contract Administration Web Page, HUD Rental Housing Integrity Improvement Project (RHIIP)
NCSHA Blog Posts
- June 16, 2015
On June 11, the House Committee on Financial Services heard from HUD Secretary Julián Castro at a hearing titled “The Future of Housing in America: Oversight of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.” The hearing focused on oversight of HUD programs and how Congress might measure their success and efficacy.
- June 11, 2015
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are working together to alert consumers of scams aimed at people who are seeking Section 8 housing.
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- August 1, 2011
On February 28, 2011, the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued an Invitation for Submission of Application for Contract Administrators to bid for the Project-Based (Section 8) Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contracts for the state of Kentucky.
Project Based Section 8 - Resources
- April 1, 2015
On March 25, the U.S. Solicitor General submitted this brief in reply to the Respondents’ brief opposing Supreme Court review of last year’s Court of Appeals decision against HUD using a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Performance-Based Contract Administration (PBCA) program.
- February 27, 2015
The 2015 NCSHA Congressional Handout is available for download here. This effective tool may be used when speaking to members of Congress, state officials, and business partners alike. Filled with recent statistics and compelling graphics, this informational brochure may be used to share with your constituents the important work that HFAs do and why they do it.