Mainstream Vouchers


To aid persons with disabilities (elderly and non-elderly)in obtaining decent, safe, and sanitary rental housing.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 The program anticipates serving 14,811 families. The program is serving 13,842 families.
Fiscal Year 2017 The program anticipates serving 13,842 families.
Fiscal Year 2018 The program anticipates serving 13,764 families.
Fiscal Year 2019 The program anticipates serving 12,749 families.
Cranston Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act; Omnibus Appropriations Act 2009, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, Public Law 111-8
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Public housing agencies (PHA)that is defined as any State, county, municipality or other governmental entity or public body (or agency or instrumentality thereof) which is authorized to engage in or assist in the development or operation of housing for very low income families; and a consortium of PHAs; any other nonprofit entity that was administering a Section 8 tenant-based program on October 21, 1998; or, for an area outside the jurisdiction of a PHA administering a voucher program, a private nonprofit entity or a governmental entity or public body that would otherwise lack jurisdiction to administer the program in such area and non-profit organization that provide services to the disabled as defined in 42 U.S.C.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Disabled family that is income-eligible under the Housing Choice Voucher program regulations at 24 CFR 982.201(b)(1)as well as other wise eligible under the regulations at 24CFR 982.201, may receive a voucher awarded on the Mainstream Program Applicants with disabilities must be selected from the PHA's or nonprofit organization's housing choice voucher waiting list.
In the Mainstream Voucher Program, the PHA or non-profit organization must demonstrate in its application a need for these vouchers by providing information documenting that the demand for housing for non-elderly and elderly persons with disabilities would equal or exceed the requested number of vouchers.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Not Applicable
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Submission of Application for Housing Assistance Payments Program (Form HUD-52515).
Award Procedure
The HUD Grants Management Center generally makes the final decision based on the results of the rating and ranking process.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
However, after the assistance awards are publicly announced, HUD will provide a debriefing, if requested, to unsuccessful applicants.
Expiring increments of Mainstream voucher program assistance are automatically renewed by HUD.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Provides housing assistance payments to participating owners on behalf of eligible tenants to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing at rents they can afford. Housing assistance payments are generally the difference between the local payment standard and 30 percent of the family's adjusted income.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Periodic fiscal, occupancy, general management and maintenance audits.
Those necessary to indicate compliance with Annual Contributions Contract/Mainstream/Housing Choice Voucher Contract.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
New funding is provided for 5 years. Funds are disbursed monthly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
HUD Field Office listed in the Catalog Address Appendix IV that has jurisdiction over the area in which the dwellings are located.
Headquarters Office
Steven Durham
451 7th Street, S.W., Room 4210
Washington, DC 20410 US
Phone: (202) 708-5227
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 18$214,315,000.00; FY 19 est $225,000,000.00; FY 20 est $259,074,000.00; FY 17$111,155,013.00; FY 16$108,041,000.00; - Although renewal funding has been provided by Congress annually, no incremental (new) funding for this program has been provided since FY 2005.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Average $7,206
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
24 CFR 982; Housing Choice Voucher Program, Form, Legal Contracts, and Publications Handbook, 7420.8; and the Housing Choice Voucher Program Guidebook, 7420.10G.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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