Request for Project Based Vouchers – New Construction Projects

PBV RFP Application New Construction FY19  rev 8.14.18    

The City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Division of Tenant Resources, is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for the awarding of Section 8 Project Based Vouchers (PBVs).

The use of federally-funded Project Based Vouchers is subject to the regulations set forth in 24 CFR 983, as well as the Project Based Housing Assistance Payment Contract (HUD Form HUD 52530B). This RFP is for “newly constructed housing” as defined under 24 CFR 983.3 (b).

Please note that Federal PBV regulations (24 CFR 983.56) limit the number of approved PBV units to the greater of 25 units or 25% of the total units in a project. Additional request for PBV assistance must be for units designated to serve residents who are elderly or for residents who are offered social service assistance. These units are considered “excepted” units. Additionally, projects in census tracts with a poverty rate that is at or lower than 20% are considered fully “excepted” and can request more than 25 or 25% of units.

The initial PBV Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract term can be for a maximum term of 20 years.

Selection Criteria

In addition to adherence to all federal regulations, HPD will apply the following selection criteria when evaluating requests under this competition: 

  1. HUD required criteria
    1. Accessibility to social, economic, educational and service opportunities
    2. Significant revitalization of a neighborhood and/or greater choice of housing opportunities for low income families
    3. Extent to which housing and economic opportunity is expanded through de-concentrating of poverty 
  2. Extent to which the PBV proposal promotes the goals laid out in Housing New York, A Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan, New York City’s affordable housing creation and preservation plan. Priority will be given to proposals that help reduce homelessness for families; households headed by elderly or disabled members; veterans; youth aging out of foster care; families reunifying with children in foster care; and victims of domestic violence.
  3. Experience of ownership entity in sound building/construction management.
  4. Experience of ownership entity in provision of supportive services.
  5. Demonstration of financial commitments that will provide evidence of project readiness.
  6. Extent to which PBV units address financing needs of project in providing affordable unit.
  7. Extent to which affordable units target households with varied income bands. 

All selected proposals are subject to funding availability, subsidy layering review and approval, and environmental reviews before contracts are awarded. 

Submission Requirements

The application is rolling and should be submitted electronically to  When submitting your PBV RFP Application, please use the subject line “PBV RFP Submission_New Construction_Project Name


FY19 Schedule of Deadlines, Selection Dates and Pre-submission Conferences



Anticipated Selection

Pre-submission Conference

Conference Location


July 30, 2018

August 30, 2018

July 12, 2018 (1pm)

100 Gold Street, NY, NY, Rm 4Z


September 17, 2018

October 17, 2018

September 6, 2018 (1pm)

100 Gold Street, NY, NY, Rm 4V1


January 15, 2019

February 17, 2019

January 9, 2019  (1pm)

100 Gold Street, NY, NY, Rm 4V1


March 18, 2019

April 18, 2019

February 28, 2019 (1pm)

100 Gold Street, NY, NY, Rm 4V1


The pre-submission conferences will be held according to the schedule laid out in the table above.


Inquiries should be directed to

Frequently Asked Questions rev 8.14.18