Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA)


To provide rental assistance to very low income individuals and families enabling them to live in affordable decent, safe and sanitary housing.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
United States Housing Act of 1937, Section 8(c)(9).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
No funding is available to new applicants. Funding is currently available only for the owners of record of projects with an existing expiring project-based Section 8 contract. The project must meet minimum decent, safe, and sanitary standards.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Families currently receiving assistance as long as their income does not exceed 80 percent of area median income adjusted for smaller or larger families.
Applications for new projects are no longer being accepted. Project must meet minimum decent, safe, and sanitary standards for HUD to renew the Section 8 contract.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. N/A
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Project owner must notify HUD within 120 days of contract expiration that it wishes to renew the Section 8 contract.
Award Procedure
Contract is renewed upon expiration.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Subject to appropriations and owner's interest in renewing contract.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
This program is inactive. No new projects are being approved; however, tenants may apply for admission to projects with existing Section 8 assistance contracts. The assistance is paid by HUD to the owner of an assisted unit on behalf of an eligible family. The payment is the difference between the contract rent and the tenant rent. Assistance is currently available only on a renewal basis, i.e., projects currently assisted may receive a 1-year renewal, or multiple years, up to twenty years, upon expiration of the Section 8 contract.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Annual management and occupancy review.
The owner must permit HUD to review and audit the management and maintenance of the project at any time to assure the owner is meeting its obligation to maintain the units and related facilities in decent, safe, and sanitary condition.
The owner must reexamine the income and composition of all families at least once each year and prepare and furnish other information required under the Section 8 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
1 year. Funds are disbursed monthly based on owner submission.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Persons may contact local field offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Belinda Koros
451 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20410 US
Phone: 202-402-3615
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 22$13,220,925,212.00; FY 23 est $14,679,000,000.00; FY 24 est $14,679,000,000.00; FY 21$13,224,246,621.00; FY 20$12,923,591,000.00; FY 19$11,962,000.00; FY 17 est $10,707,000,000.00; FY 15$9,537,000,000.00; FY 16 est $10,393,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Eligible tenants pay no more than 30 percent of their monthly adjusted income for rent.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
24 CFR 886 Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments Program - Special Allocations. 24 CFR 880 - Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments Program for New Construction; 24 CFR 881 - Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments Program for Substantial Rehabilitation; 24 CFR 883 - Section Housing Assistance State Housing Agencies; 24 CFR 884 - Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments Program for New Construction Set Aside for Section 515 Rural Rental Housing Projects; 24 CFR 891 Subpart E - Loans for Housing for the Elderly or Persons with Disabilities; HUD Section 8 Renewal Policy Guide (1/15/08).
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.