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Rent Supplement Program

Program (?) Rent Supplement Program
Program Description

Within the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965, Congress authorized the Rent Supplement program, which provided rental subsidies to low-income tenants living in privately-owned housing. The program was created to provide affordability to low-income households in federal Section 221(d)(3) projects. Under the program, eligible tenants paid 25 percent of their income toward the rent. The difference between the tenant payment and the market rent was made up by a Rent Supplement payment provided directly to the project owner. The program was ultimately replaced by the Section 8 New Construction and Substantial Rehabilitation (Section 8 NC/SR) program; however, a number of units under the original program still receive Rent Supplement payments under existing contracts. Tenants in buildings currently receiving Rent Supplement payments pay 30 percent of their household income towards rent.

Related Programs Section 221d(3) and Section 221d(4) Mortgage Insurance
Benefit Classification (?)  
Supply or Demand Demand
One-Time or Ongoing Ongoing
Benefit Type (?) Grant
Government Agency (?) US Dept of Housing and Urban Development
Program Information (?)  
Scale Very Large Scale (over 10,000 units produced)
Timeframe 1965-1983
Developer/Owners (?) For-Profit, Non-Profit
Property Information (?)  
Property Occupancy Occupied
Property Type Building
Building Type Multi-family
Construction Type Not Applicable
Occupant Tenure (?) Rental
Occupant Income Restrictions (?) Low-Income
More Information US HUD (PDF)
Available on CoreData.nyc? Yes
Last Updated December 2016
Data Source U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
CoreData.nyc Notes

Data from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development accessed August 2016.

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