The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 authorized the creation of a demonstration designed to preserve and improve public housing and certain other multifamily housing through the voluntary conversion of properties assisted under section 9 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (public housing), the moderate rehabilitation program (Mod Rehab), the Rent Supplement Program (Rent Supp), the Rental Assistance Program (RAP), or the Section 202 Project Rental Assistance Contract (202 PRAC) program, to assistance under a project-based subsidy contract under section 8 of the 1937 Act. The program has a competitive component and a non-competitive component, but no new funding is appropriated for these conversions. The competitive component initially allowed conversion of up to 60,000 units from the section 9 account (for public housing conversions) or from the Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) account (amounts appropriated for mod rehab) for Mod Rehab conversion to long-term section 8 rental assistance contracts or project-based voucher contracts. The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Public Law 113-235, approved December 16, 2014) increased the initial 60,000 cap to 185,000. This cap was increased again to 225,000 units through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-31, approved May 5, 2017) and once more to 455,000 units by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115- 141, approved March 23, 2018). The conversions are administered by public housing agencies and other qualified entities.
The non-competitive component allows Rent Supp, RAP, Mod Rehab, and 202 PRAC property owners to convert assistance to long-term Section 8 rental assistance contracts or project-based voucher contracts. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113, approved December 18, 2015) made the authority for the non-competitive component permanent.
: Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner; Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.
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