Mainstream Vouchers

To aid persons with disabilities (elderly and non-elderly)in obtaining decent, safe, and sanitary rental housing.

Related Programs14.871 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers

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.

HUD Field Office listed in the Catalog Address Appendix IV that has jurisdiction over the area in which the dwellings are located.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The program is serving 13,842 families. Fiscal Year 2017: The program anticipates serving 13,764 families. Fiscal Year 2018: The program anticipates serving 12,749 families.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Provides housing assistance payments to participating owners on behalf of eligible tenants to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing at rents they can afford.

Housing assistance payments are generally the difference between the local payment standard and 30 percent of the family's adjusted income.

Mainstream Vouchers can be provided to only elderly and non-elderly disabled families.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public housing agencies (PHA)that is defined as any State, county, municipality or other governmental entity or public body (or agency or instrumentality thereof) which is authorized to engage in or assist in the development or operation of housing for very low income families; and a consortium of PHAs; any other nonprofit entity that was administering a Section 8 tenant-based program on October 21, 1998; or, for an area outside the jurisdiction of a PHA administering a voucher program, a private nonprofit entity or a governmental entity or public body that would otherwise lack jurisdiction to administer the program in such area and non-profit organization that provide services to the disabled as defined in 42 U.S.C.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Disabled family that is income-eligible under the Housing Choice Voucher program regulations at 24 CFR 982.201(b)(1)as well as other wise eligible under the regulations at 24CFR 982.201, may receive a voucher awarded on the Mainstream Program Applicants with disabilities must be selected from the PHA's or nonprofit organization's housing choice voucher waiting list.


In the Mainstream Voucher Program, the PHA or non-profit organization must demonstrate in its application a need for these vouchers by providing information documenting that the demand for housing for non-elderly and elderly persons with disabilities would equal or exceed the requested number of vouchers. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Submission of Application for Housing Assistance Payments Program (Form HUD-52515).

Award Procedures

The HUD Grants Management Center generally makes the final decision based on the results of the rating and ranking process.


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


Cranston Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act; Omnibus Appropriations Act 2009, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, Public Law 111-8.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


However, after the assistance awards are publicly announced, HUD will provide a debriefing, if requested, to unsuccessful applicants.


Expiring increments of Mainstream voucher program assistance are automatically renewed by HUD.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

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

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

New funding is provided for 5 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed monthly.

Post Assistance Requirements


Supporting Data for Annual Contributions Estimates, HUD Form 52672; Estimate of Total Required Annual Contributions, HUD Form 52673; Requisition for Partial Payment of Annual Contributions, HUD Form 52663; Voucher for Payment of Annual Contributions and Operating Statement, HUD Form 52681 and 52681-B; and Family Report, HUD Form 50058 and Logic Model, HUD Form 96010.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Voucher for Payment of Annual Contributions and Operating Statement, HUD Form 52681 and 52681-B (Supplemental).

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Periodic fiscal, occupancy, general management and maintenance audits.


Those necessary to indicate compliance with Annual Contributions Contract/Mainstream/Housing Choice Voucher Contract.

Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0237-0-1-604; 86-0237-0-1-604.


(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 $108,041,000; FY 17 est $120,000,000; and FY 18 est $107,074,000 - Although renewal funding has been provided by Congress annually, no incremental (new) funding for this program has been provided since FY 2005.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$26,758 to $2,499,026; Average $530,237.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

24 CFR 982; Housing Choice Voucher Program, Form, Legal Contracts, and Publications Handbook, 7420.8; and the Housing Choice Voucher Program Guidebook, 7420.10G.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. HUD Field Office listed in the Catalog Address Appendix IV that has jurisdiction over the area in which the dwellings are located.

Headquarters Office

Becky Primeaux 451 7th Street, S.W., Room 4210, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Phone: (202) 708-6050

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