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Applicants must meet the same eligibility standards required under the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. Owners screen and select applicants from the waiting list when units become vacant.
If the family moves out of the unit PHA stops paying that owner. The family can move to another approved unit and have their voucher assistance paid to their new landlord.
Under the Project-Based Voucher program, PHA enters into a housing assistance payments (HAP) contract with the owner for certain units and for a specific amount of time. Because the housing assistance is tied to the unit, a family who moves from that unit does not take it with them.
The PHA and the owner execute an agreement to enter into a housing assistance payment (HAP) contract if the owner agrees to construct or rehabilitate the units. PHA agrees to subsidize the units upon satisfactory completion of the rehabilitation or construction. Upon satisfactory completion of the rehabilitation or construction, and for existing development, PHA and the owner execute a HAP contract for a specific time period (usually 10 to 20 years). The HAP contract establishes the initial rents for the units and the contract term, and describes the responsibilities of PHA and the owner. Interested owners looking for more information on contracts may contact Portland Housing Authority at 207-773-4753 or in person at: Portland Housing Authority 14 Baxter Boulevard Portland, ME 04101