The Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) programs enable more than 2 million people in 1.2 million low-income households to afford modest apartments by contracting with private owners to rent some or all of the units in their housing developments to low-income families.
The Project Based Section 8 agency is the contract administrator for properties that HUD manages throughout the state. They provide rental assistance to the projects instead of the tenants. Landlords perform administrative tasks at the local level. The agency performs the property reviews, property management, and make payments to owners. The agency earns fees from HUD for the tasks performed using tenant data and rent and payment structure. The Project Based Program renews contracts as they expire. Program specialists do special damage claims, annual rent increases, respond to emergencies, check compliance for fair housing and waiting lists, on-site management reviews, follow-up to physical inspections, review of management decisions, and budget assistance
"Project-based" rental assistance differs from "tenant-based" rental assistance, which low-income families can use to rent any private apartment that meets program guidelines. With Project-based Section 8 the assistance can only be used in the specific unit.