Project-based Section 8 rental assistance (PBRA) is a public-private partnership to maintain affordable rental homes for low-income persons. HUD provides private owners of multifamily housing either a long-term project-based rental assistance contract, a subsidized mortgage, or in some cases both, to make units affordable. PBRA makes up the difference between market rents and what low-income tenants can afford, based on paying 30 percent of household income for rent.
HFAs and Project-Based Section 8
PBRA contracts are administered by HUD and state and local housing authorities. Many contract administrators are Section 8 Performance-Based Contract Administrators (PBCAs) under a program HUD developed to assign some contract administration duties to state and local housing authorities, while maintaining HUD oversight. Currently, 36 state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) serve as PBCAs. PBCAs provide direct oversight and monitoring of the financial and physical condition of project-based Section 8 properties.
HUD is now developing plans to procure PBCA contracts, a large and complicated endeavor. Advocating for enough HUD funding to honor existing project-based assistance commitments is one of NCSHA’s Legislative Priorities. Another priority is to promote HFA interests in HUD’s PBCA program and ensure that HUD recognizes HFAs’ proven capacity and track record to serve as PBCAs.
- To find local housing assistance, please contact your state’s Housing Finance Agency (HFA).
- To learn more about NCSHA’s advocacy work in this area or to attend a related education event, complete the general inquiry form.
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- April 3, 2018GAO Report Says HUD Should Improve Metrics and Ongoing Oversight of RAD Program
A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report considering public housing conversions under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.
- March 22, 2018FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill Includes Significant Victories for HOME, Housing Credit, and Other Affordable Housing Programs
The House today approved a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.
- March 20, 2018NLIHC Report Spotlights Affordable Rental Housing Shortage
According to the recent NLIHC study, there are 11.2 million extremely low-income (ELI) renter households in the United States — nearly 26 percent of all renter households and almost 10 percent of all households.
Project Based Section 8 Rental Assistance - Resources
- March 13, 2018National Low Income Housing Coalition | The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes
The 2017 report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) measures the availability of rental housing affordable to extremely low income households and other income groups.
- January 5, 2018Project-Based Section 8 Rental Assistance FAQ
What is Project-Based Section 8 Rental Assistance? | Whom does PBRA serve? | Why is PBRA necessary? | How does PBRA work? | What is the economic impact of PBRA? | Who administers PBRA? | What is the current funding level for PBRA? | What should Congress do to improve PBRA?
- May 16, 2016Enterprise and JCHS: Projecting Trends in Severely Cost-Burdened Renters: 2015–2025
At last measure in 2013, over one in four renters, or 11.2 million renter households, were severely burdened by rents that took up over half their incomes.