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What Is the Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) Program?

  • The Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) program provides affordable apartment communities that are owned by private landlords with a rental subsidy that helps pay the rent for low income tenants.
  • Called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP), program tenants pay either:
  1. 0% of their monthly income (gross income minus exclusions)
  2. 30% of their monthly adjusted income (gross income minus exclusions and deductions)
  3. A minimum rent of $25.
  • The Project-Based Section 8 rental subsidy may be available for every unit in a property, or a select number of units in the apartment community.
  • Do not confuse this program with the Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV) program. The PBV program is managed by a Public Housing Agency as an offshoot of its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.

Start the guide at Part 1: Who Qualifies for the Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance Program? or choose a topic from the list below.

Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance Guide