To find out if you live in project-based housing with the subsidy administered by the PHA Project-Based Department, you may look up your rental property or find your property on this PHA Project-Based Department list.
NOTE: Some project-based housing developments administer their own subsidies. If you live in project-based housing and PHA is not involved, please see HUD Project-Based Housing (Section 8, Section 202, Section 811).
- Regular Recertification. PHA Project-Based tenants recertify their household information and income every two years. They can submit information and documents online, by mail or in person at 2013 Ridge Ave. Important note: Some PHA Project-Based tenants will also have to recertify annually with their property manager for compliance with the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program.
- Interim Recertification. If there are changes in household size or income between recertifications, the tenant may request an interim recertification to add/remove a household member or reduce the rent. PHA Project-Based tenants do not need to report increases in income between recertifications unless they told PHA they had zero income at their last recertification.
- Rent Calculation. PHA Project-Based tenant rent is calculated as approximately 26-28% of their monthly income minus a utility allowance. All tenants who pay for utilities have a utility allowance included in their rent calculation.
- For more information about recertifications in PHA Project-Based housing, go to Chapters 8, 9, 10 and 16 of the PHA Administrative Plan.
- Requesting transfer. Tenants who want to move from their PHA Project-Based unit may submit a transfer request to their property manager. The property manager may facilitate transfer to a different unit within the same development or another development owned by the same owner.
- Domestic Violence Transfers. If a tenant needs to move for reasons related to violence in the home from an intimate partner or family member, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) requires the PHA Project-Based development owner to assist with transfer if they own other project-based developments. If the owner does not have an available unit, then PHA is required to facilitate transfer to a different PHA Project-Based unit or in certain circumstances issue a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher.
- Repair Transfers. For transfers due to failed inspection, PHA is required to facilitate transfers to a different PHA Project-Based unit or in certain circumstances issue a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher
- Moving Out. If a tenant is evicted or moves out of a PHA Project-Based unit voluntarily, they lose their housing subsidy.
- For more information about transfers in PHA Project-Based housing, see Chapters 17 and 23 of PHA Administrative Plan.
- Requesting repairs. PHA Project-Based tenants may request repairs by phone or by mailing a letter to the management office or owner.
- Inspections. PHA inspects PHA Project-Based units every two years. Tenants may request a PHA inspection by phone 215-684-2285 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. PHA is required to stop payments to the landlord after two consecutive failed inspections.
- For more information about a tenant’s legal rights to address repair issues, go to Repairs.
- Good Cause Protection. PHA Project-Based owners must renew leases at the end of a lease term and can only terminate a lease for non-payment of rent or breach of a condition of the lease.
- For additional information about the eviction process, go to Evictions.
Rules & Regulations
- The PHA Administrative Plan outlines the rules for project-based housing administered by the PHA Project-Based department.
- Many of the housing developments administered by the PHA Project-Based department are also Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) housing, so tenants may also be asked to comply with as established by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA).