Boston – MassHousing is celebrating its 20-year partnership with HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) as the administrator for nearly 600 federal Section 8 housing subsidy contracts in Massachusetts. The Section 8 program allows private landlords to rent apartments to qualified low-income tenants at market rents, with a rental subsidy from HUD.
MassHousing is the administrator for 590 Section 8 contracts involving 52,540 rental units under HUD’s Performance Based Contract Administration (PBCA) program. In addition to managing the federal Section 8 housing subsidies, MassHousing has an oversight role, which provides further benefits to the residents of these affordable housing communities.
MassHousing conducts site reviews to monitor program compliance, works with property owners and agents to facilitate subsidy contract renewal terms, and works with tenants and management agents to assist in finding amicable resolution to issues raised by either party.
PBCA is mission-aligned with MassHousing, as both MassHousing and HUD are working to confront the housing challenges facing residents of the Commonwealth.