What are project-based vouchers?
Project-based vouchers (PBVs) are a component of Miami-Dade’s Housing Choice Voucher Program (MDHCV’s) program. MDHCV uses its tenant-based voucher funding to allocate project-based units to a project. This is done to preserve affordable housing in Miami-Dade County and to provide you with access to some of the newest properties in the community.
How are project-based vouchers different from tenant-based vouchers?
Under the tenant-based housing choice voucher program, MDHCV issues an eligible family a voucher and the family select a unit of its choice. 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 project-based voucher program, MDHCV enters into an assistance contract with the owner for specified units and for a specified term. MDHCV refers families to the project owner to fill vacancies. Because the assistance is tied to the unit, a family needs to reside in the unit for at least 12 months before requesting a tenant-based voucher. After the first 12 months, the family is eligible for a tenant-based voucher when one becomes available.
Can I register for a property if I am still on the waiting list?
Yes. Applicants that are ACTIVE on the 2008 Tenant-Based waiting list may register their interest for PBV assistance. Applicants are referred to the property based on the size of the unit that is vacant, the family’s composition, application number, and eligibility for any property restriction (elderly, disabled, ect). Registration is OPTIONAL and failure to register does NOT change your position on the 2008 Tenant-Based Waiting List.
Can an existing tenant-based voucher holder occupy a project-based voucher unit?
Yes. However, the voucher holder will be required to temporarily relinquish their tenant-based voucher while occupying a Project-based voucher unit. After occupying the unit for 12 months, the family may request and a tenant-based voucher will be issued when one becomes available.