HUD 811

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What is HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance?

HUD 811 PRA is a permanent supportive housing (PSH) program offering rental assistance and supportive services for people between the ages of 18 and 61 with long-term disabilities, who may have difficulty living successfully in the community and may become homeless or institutionalized without support.  Housing supports include things like reminders to pay the rent, help arranging medical appointments, and other services. Only people with disabilities who need these types of supports are eligible for HUD 811.

The Georgia HUD 811 program provides a set-aside of subsidized rental units at designated apartment buildings located around the state.  Once an individual is referred to HUD 811, a confirmation email will be sent to both the Referral Agent and the Referred Individual.  DCA will place the Referred Individual on a county-based housing list and will refer him/her to a property that has a vacancy in one of the requested counties when one becomes available.  Position on the housing list is based on the date and time the referral was received by DCA.

In FY2012 and FY2013, the State of Georgia was awarded funding to initiate the HUD Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) Demonstration Grant.  It is a cooperative effort by federal and state agencies to transition individuals with disabilities to integrated, community-based settings.  By partnering with private sector and non-profit developers and organizations, the program provides up to 485 units of subsidized housing for the state's most vulnerable population – extremely low income persons with disabilities. The program will be operating at full capacity by FY2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the process from referral to acceptance take? Once on the waitlist list, what is the average length of time before units are available? Are referral agents able to refer properties to the program for approval?

The length from referral to HUD 811 Waitlist to Property Referral to Move In can take a few weeks to several months depending on where the household wants to live, unit availability, bedroom size, accessibility and the number of households on the wait list.  Property availability depends on many factors as well.  This is not an emergency housing program. 

You can send the 811 office property suggestions, however, because of HUD requirements for each property, we are pursuing properties who have already agreed to participate in the program through our Tax Credit Process.  All referrals to properties need to come through DCA to ensure waiting list placement and then referral.

Can 811 apply to market rate units?

Yes, 811 can contract on all LIHTC units.  However, an 811 project based subsidy cannot be combined with another project or tenant based subsidy to the same unit.  The decision to have a contract applied to Market Rate Units lies in the hands of the developer because HUD 811 can only contract up to the Fair Market Rate.  So what does this look like?  Let’s look at an example…

First, the 811 program looks at HUD’s Fair Market Rents at HUD User.Gov.  For a County in Georgia, the FMRs are as follows:

One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom
$536 $661 $956

HUD 811 can only contract up to FMR which looks like Net rent plus the utility allowance.  Therefore…

  One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom
FMR $536 $661 $956
Utility Allowance Example $100 $125 $150
Max Net 811 Contract Rent $436 $536 $806

Then, we look at the property specific rents:

  One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom
50% Unit Net Rent $430 $530 $730
60% Unit Net Rent $530 $630 $830
Fair Market Net Rent $630 $730 $930

Therefore, looking at the max net rent an 811 unit can contract at ($436, $536, and $806) and looking at the rent schedule at the property we negotiate the rent.  Judging by this example, HUD 811 can contract at the 50% Net Rent at the property ($430, $530 and $730). 

However, if 811 contracts for 60% units or even FMR units, it would not be able to contract for the max 60% or FMR net rent.  It would only be able to contract up to $436, $536 and $806, which is possible, if the owner is ok with offering a 60% or FMR Unit at a lower contracted amount.  In most cases, they are not open to doing this.

If the FMR was at or below the $436, $536, and $806 amounts, then the actual FMR requested net rent would be a viable option.