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Posted on: August 16, 2021

New Incentives to Encourage Landlord Participation in Housing Choice Voucher Program

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PORTLAND, Maine (August 11, 2021) – The Portland Housing Authority (PHA) today announced its participation in the Landlord Participation Incentive Program (LPIP), a new statewide incentive program for landlords aimed at increasing the availability of qualified housing for recipients of federal Housing Choice Vouchers.

LPIP was jointly created by MaineHousing and Maine’s public housing authorities, represented by the Maine Association of Public Housing Authority Directors (MAPHD), to encourage private market landlords to participate in federal Housing Choice Voucher programs. Funding for LPIP is available through December 31, 2021, however, MaineHousing may make other funds available in subsequent years. MAPHD will disburse LPIP funds to participating public housing authorities, collect data on use of funds from each PHA, and report the data quarterly to MaineHousing.

“In Portland, we have Housing Choice Vouchers available, but HCV recipients are having a difficult time finding available units where they can use their voucher,” said Cheryl Sessions, Executive Director of the Portland Housing Authority. “This program makes funding available to help remove the real or perceived roadblocks that may be preventing landlords from participating in the HCV program.”

Initially, LPIP makes available $380,000 in CARES Act funding for local Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to disburse funds to landlords for four types of eligible uses:

  1. Landlord Repair Grants: Landlords may be reimbursed for the cost of repair for items that fail an initial Housing Quality Standards Inspection, such as egress windows, paint, hard-wired smoke detector installation, sprinkler system installation, roofing, and tie downs. Reimbursements to landlords may not exceed $5,000 per year per PHA.
  1. Security Deposit Assistance: PHAs may pay the security deposit for first-time HCV applicants who are searching for a new unit within the PHA’s jurisdiction.
  2. Damage Reimbursement: Landlords may receive up to $1,500 in reimbursement for physical damages to a unit occupied by an HCV recipient.
  3. Landlord Incentive: Landlords may receive a $750 Signing Bonus for every qualifying unit newly leased to an HCV recipient for at least one year.

For more program details, landlords should contact their local public housing authority.

“We are pleased to have this important resource to offer our landlord partners, whose participation makes our work possible,” said Leah Bruns, Director of Voucher Programs for the Portland Housing Authority.

Landlords in the City of Portland should contact Kathleen Murphy at kmurphy@porthouse.org or 207-773-4753 ext. 8267 for full program details and application information.

To learn the facts about the Housing Choice Voucher Program, including steps to become an HCV Landlord, program benefits and other FAQs, visit https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/hcv/landlord.  

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