The Project-Based Voucher (PBV) program allows a Housing Authority that already administers a tenant-based voucher program under an Annual Contributions Contract (ACC) with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to take up to 30 percent of its authorized units and attach the funding to specific units and pay rental subsidy to a property owner on behalf of eligible tenants rather than using it for tenant-based assistance [24 CFR 983.6].

Housing Authorities have a Project-Based Voucher Program Cap:

  • 20 percent Program Limit:  up to 20 percent of ACC authorized units may be project-based.
  • 10 percent Exception:  up to an additional 10 percent of ACC authorized units (above the 20 percent program limit) may be project-based provided the additional units fall into an eligible exception category:
    • homeless;
    • veterans;
    • supportive services;
    • units are in a census tract with a poverty rate of 20 percent or less. 

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz (HACSC) may provide PBV assistance for units in existing housing or for newly constructed or rehabilitated housing developed under and in accordance with a PBV Agreement to Enter into Housing Assistance Payments Contract (AHAP) that was executed prior to the start of construction. A housing unit is considered an existing unit for purposes of the PBV program, if, at the time of notice of project selection, the units substantially comply with HQS. Units for which new construction or rehabilitation began after the owner’s proposal submission but prior to the execution of the HAP do not subsequently qualify as existing housing.

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz (“HACSC”) has published a Request for Proposals for project-based vouchers (“PBV”) under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) and is currently accepting applications from property owners and developers.  The Housing Authority has also published “HACSC FY 2022-23 Project Based Voucher Program Guidance for Owner/Developers.”  Applicants are encouraged to utilize the guide to familiarize themselves with the PBV program and applicable regulations.  See HACSC Resources, below, for application materials, program guidance, and scoring criteria.

Please note that HACSC is very close to the 10% Exception Program Cap.  HACSC may only be able to approve units in excess of 25 units or 25 percent of the units in a project if HACSC has not exceeded its 10% Exception Program Cap for excepted units.

Applications may be submitted at any time.  All applications will be scored according to the published HACSC Project Based Voucher Application Scoring Criteria.  While the Housing Authority will consider applications for PBV on an ongoing basis, there is no guarantee that any proposal will be selected as a result of the RFP.  Completed applications with all required supporting materials should be emailed to Principal Management Analyst Rayne Pérez at [email protected].

Before officially selecting any project-based voucher proposal, the HACSC will determine that the proposal complies with HUD program regulations and requirements, including a determination that the property is eligible for project-based vouchers, that the proposal complies with the cap on the percentage or number of project-based units per project, and that the proposal meets HUD’s site selection standards.

All proposals will be scored according to the HACSC Project Based Voucher Application Scoring Criteria.  While the Housing Authority will consider applications for PBV on an ongoing basis, there is no guarantee that any proposal will be selected as a result of the RFP.  The Housing Authority reserves the right to change scoring criteria and issue a new RFP at any time.  Conditional award of project-based vouchers will be subject to availability of vouchers and funding.

HACSC will notify all parties in writing within two months of proposal submission.  When a proposal is selected, the Housing Authority will post this on the Housing Authority website upon the next update of the Administrative Plan. The Housing Authority will make documentation available regarding the basis for the selection of any project-based voucher proposal to any interested persons.

For additional information about the Project-Based Voucher Program, please contact Principal Management Analyst Rayne Pérez at (831) 454-9455 Ext 258 or at [email protected]