Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Program

The Section 8 housing choice voucher (HCV) program helps people with low income afford housing. The project-based voucher (PBV) program is one part of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. It helps pay for rent in specific privately owned buildings or units. This means that if you get a project-based voucher, you don’t get to choose the unit you live in.

If you qualify for the PBV program,  30% of your income will be spent on your housing and your DHA will pay the rest.

The PBV program is for people with low income who are willing to live in specific housing units that offer the PBV Program. DHA contract with the owners of these units and when one of them is available, the DHA will offer it to someone who is on the PBV waiting list. This is different from the HCV program, because with PBV assistance, you do not get to choose the unit you live in nor do you get to keep your PBV benefit if you move.

Project-Based Voucher Program vs. Housing Choice Voucher Program

The two biggest differences between project-based housing and Section 8 housing choice vouchers  are:

  1. If you get a project-based unit, you will be offered affordable housing in a specific apartment and won’t get to choose the apartment you rent
  2. If you move out of your project-based apartment, you may lose your benefit and have to pay full rent where you move to

That means that you don’t get to choose where you live with project-based housing — you will live in a privately owned apartment that has the number of bedrooms that match what you need.

Application

You may apply for the Project-Based Voucher Program with DuPage Housing AUthority when we are open for applications. At this time we are CLOSED. However, when we are accepting applications we will list with local newspapers, local organizations and our website. It’s good to apply to more than one Public Housing Authority (PHA), because not all PHAs have project-based housing and most of them have waiting lists. If you’re put on a waiting list, you may not receive this benefit for a long time.  If a PHA does not have an open waiting lists, there is no way to apply at that PHA for the PBV program.

Each housing authority has its own application form you will have to fill out. These application forms ask you to state how many people live in your household, how they are related, how much income you have, and if you have a disability.

If you have a problem applying, get help from the housing authority staff — you never have to pay to apply. It is illegal for somebody to sell you an application.