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

  • November 4, 2015
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    NCSHA on November 1 submitted a statement to the House Financial Services Committee in response to Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s (R-TX) request for recommendations to reform HUD and modernize the delivery of housing assistance. Hensarling issued the call for public comments as HUD marks its 50th anniversary this year, maintaining that HUD has fallen short of the expectations Congress and President Lyndon Johnson set for the agency upon its establishment, and said that “we must reform and innovate how we provide assistance for housing in the 21st century or we will continue to fail the very people who are in most need of our help.”

  • October 29, 2015
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    Last night, the House passed HR 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, by a vote of 266 to 167. The yay votes included all 187 Democrats and 79 Republicans. The nay votes were all Republicans.


    Project Based Section 8 - Resources

    • November 4, 2015

      The undersigned members of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) are writing in response to your call for submissions to modernize the delivery of federal housing assistance, as requested on the 50th anniversary of the creation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While we welcome new ideas to fight poverty and address our nation’s housing affordability crisis, we believe that we must also recognize the many innovative, effective and efficient HUD programs that are already delivering on their promise.

    • November 4, 2015

      The THUD allocation uniquely promotes the well-being of our communities by providing essential capital and program funding that enables public and private partners to build critical transportation infrastructure, spur economic development in communities, and help more than five million seniors, people with disabilities, and other families afford stable and safe housing. The THUD allocation should be a top priority.