Project Rental Assistance Demonstration (PRA Demo) Program of Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities

To implement the new requirements for the new project rental assistance authority provided by the Melville Act.

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Commerce, Washington State Department Of $ 5,314,552   2015-03-172025-09-30
Housing & Community Affairs, Texas Department Of $ 11,400,000   2015-03-172025-09-30
Commerce, Montana Department Of $ 1,900,000   2015-03-172025-09-30
Minnesota Housing Finance Agency $ 2,850,000   2015-03-172025-09-30
Housing And Community Development, Massachusetts Department Of $ 6,299,120   
Penn Creek Llc $ 7,923,161   
Cali Hsg Finance Agcy $ 2,590,715   
Minnesota Housing Finance Agency $ 2,777,778   
Housing, Arizona Department Of $ 2,719,007   
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation $ 7,150,318   

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Project Rental Assistance Demonstration funds (PRA Demo) are provided to cover the difference between the approved rents of the unit and the tenants? contributions toward rent (30 percent of income).

The funds are provided to support the development of supportive housing units for extremely low income persons with disabilities in multifamily properties.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any housing agency currently allocating Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) under IRS Section 42 or any housing or Community Development Agency currently allocating and overseeing in good standing HOME Funds or the Section 8 Program or a similar program are eligible applicants, and only one housing agency per state is eligible.

Only states that are developing partnerships or that have existing partnerships with State Health Care and Human Service Agency or agencies and the state Medicaid Agency for supportive services are eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Extremely low-income non-elderly (18-62 years of age) persons with disabilities that are eligible for community-based, long-term care as provided through Medicaid waivers, Medicaid state plan options or other appropriate services. Eligible applicants will provide these PRA Demo project-based rental assistance funds to not more than 25% of the units in multifamily developments for extremely low-income persons with disabilities which are the beneficiaries.


This PRA Demo Program is designed to develop and support sustainable partnership with State Housing Agencies and State Health and Human Services and State Medicaid Agencies that will result in long-term strategies to provide permanent affordable rental housing for persons with disabilities receiving Medicaid services in the community. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is posted on each fiscal year, subject to the availability of funds, announcing the availability of funds to potential applicants. Applicants must submit an application in response to the NOFA.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed and selected for funding based upon the ranking and rating factors outlined in the NOFA.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Section 811 of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, Public Law 101-625, as amended by the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act , Public Law 111-374., 42 U.S.C 8013.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days. Applications must be submitted within the time period specified in the NOFA. At the end of the application submission period, applicants are notified within 150 days of their conditional approval.


See program NOFA.


Based on appropriations. See Program NOFA.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. Leveraging is encouraged. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

All PRA Demo units must record a 30 year use agreements and all PRA Demo rental assistance contracts shall be for a minimum of 20 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly and annually.

See program NOFA.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Grantees will be required to provide special reporting to allow HUD to evaluate the results of the demonstration.

See program NOFA.


Not Applicable.


See program NOFA.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 15 $82,000,000; FY 16 est $67,000,000; and FY 17 est $3,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Lessie Evans 451 7th St SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Phone: 202-708-3000

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

See Program NOFA.

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