Project Based Voucher (PBV)

CMHA currently operates one PBV program (Birney Lane 52) which contains 26 units.  These units are located on Birney Lane & U.S. 52 in New Richmond, Ohio.

How do families obtain project-based vouchers?
CMHA operates a site based wait list for the PBVs.  When that specific wait list is open, eligible families my apply for these units.

How much rent do vouchers cover?
When a family qualifies for a PBV unit, CMHA pays the owner the difference between 30 percent of family income and the gross rent for the unit.

How are project-based vouchers different from housing choice vouchers (“Section 8”)?
Under the housing choice voucher program, CMHA issues an eligible family a voucher and the family selects a unit of its choice in the private market. If the family moves out of the unit, the contract with the owner ends and the family can move with continued assistance to another unit.

Under the PBV program, CMHA enters into an assistance contract with the owner for specified units and for a specified term. CMHA refers families from its PBV waiting list to fill vacancies at these specified units. Because the assistance is tied to the unit, a family who moves from the PBV unit does not have any right to continued housing assistance. However, they may be eligible for a tenant based voucher when one becomes available.

Can a Private Owner Enter into a PBV Contract with CMHA?   
Yes, CMHA can utilize up to 20% of its Housing Choice Voucher for Project Based Voucher (PBV) opportunities.  Contracts can be awarded for 1 year, up to 20 years, with renewal periods established between CMHA and the owner.  Contracts can be awarded for Existing Housing (housing which will currently pass HQS standards), Rehabilitated units, or new constructed units.   Usually, PBV contracts are awarded during a competitive proposal process (Request for Proposals (RFP)), but there are situations where contracts can be awarded non-competitively by a PHA.  If you are an owner interested in forming a partnership with CMHA utilizing PBVs, please contact for more information.  You may also check under the VENDOR tab for information about any posted solicitations.

How do CMHA’s select units for inclusion in this program?
The CMHA must adopt a written policy for selection of units to which assistance will be attached and must publicly advertise that it will accept owner proposals for the project-based voucher program. Generally, rents are set based upon market comparable units and may not exceed 110% of the published existing housing fair market rents less tenant paid utilities.

How should interested owners or prospective owners of rental property apply for this program?
Contact for more information.

What type of funding is available under the project-based voucher program?
No specific funding is provided by HUD for PBV Units.  CMHAs may use up to 20% of the funds in its HCV program to provide PBV assistance.

What regulations cover this program?
Regulations are found at 24 CFR 983.

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