David Weber, PHADA Policy Analyst
On December 26, 2019, HUD published in the Federal Register a 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Project Base Vouchers (PBV) Online Form. The deadline for comments is February 24, 2020.
HUD is proposing this information collection because “HUD does not systematically collect (PBV) information on the development or project level.” While HUD acknowledges that it collects data on the individual tenant level via PIC and aggregate information on the total number of PBV’s under contract at the PHA level, this still leaves a gap in development or project level data.
HUD notes the rapidly increasing number of PBV units, which grew from 110,000 in 1996 to 215,000 in 2019. HUD also states they expect increased growth through RAD conversions and other repositioning and development initiatives. The notice states that the gap in current information “creates a challenge for monitoring, tracking and analyzing PBV projects, and limits HUD’s ability to respond to requests for information on the PBV program from Congress and other sources. Additionally, it prevents HUD from having the data needed to make informed decision on risk-mitigation strategies with respect to PBVs.”
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