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Pima County Project Based Voucher Program

Grants to Pima County, Arizona Housing Developers and Owners to
Subsidize the Development of Affordable Housing

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Grants to Pima County, Arizona housing project developers and owners to create affordable new housing in the unincorporated areas of Marana, Sahuarita, Oro Valley, and Pima County. Applicants must first submit an LOI before applying. Housing owners and operators will recieve vouchers that will reduce project costs and rental fees.

Pima County is announcing policy changes to the Pima County Housing Choice Voucher Program and will convert up to 50 of Pima County’s available Tenant-Based Vouchers (TBV’s) to Project-Based Vouchers (PBV’s) as a strategy to create new affordable housing units in unincorporated Pima County and Pima County target areas.

The Community Development and Neighborhood Conservation Department (CDNC) is issuing this public notice to announce the County’s intent to initiate a competitive selection process to recommend an award of Pima County PBV’s to eligible properties in Pima County.


CDNC initiated a community planning process to seek input regarding proposed County participation in a Project Based Voucher Program. Three community forums were conducted, one by invitation and two publicly noticed. CDNC staff maintained a written summary of all comments, questions, and responses as part of a plan to convert TBV’s to PBV’s in the 2018 City of Tucson PHA Administrative Plan submittal. CDNC proceeded in establishing a PBV Program review committee, comprised of public, private and non-profit housing services providers, to evaluate existing PBV models, best practices, and to make suggestions for required policy changes. Listed below are the initial policy changes that will establish a Pima County Project Based Voucher Program and guide developer/owner selection process.

1. Convert Tenant-Based Vouchers to Project-Based Vouchers.

The conversion of TBV’s to PBV’s will effectively create a Pima County Project-Based Voucher Program. The availability of Project-Based Vouchers provides operators and owners of affordable, supportive, housing a significant rental subsidy resource to underwrite their projects and directly assist tenants. An additional benefit of PBV’s is the HUD financial resource remains in Pima County, whereas, a TBV is attached to a household and can be “ported” to other communities should they relocate. HUD allows the PBV conversion up to 20%; however, Pima County has a very limited number of available TBV’s. Taking into consideration community and stakeholder input, an initial policy to convert up to 50 vouchers, made available to affordable housing facilities is determined reasonable and appropriate. Finally, the County can reserve the right not program or award any of the current TBV’s to PBV status; and conversely the County reserves the right to program additional vouchers in the next fiscal year.

2. Adopt City of Tucson approval process to make PBV’s competitively available.

The City of Tucson PHA has previously established its own PBV Program and HUD approved project/developer selection process that the County can immediately implement. In addition, the City of Tucson currently administers Pima County TBV’s and can incorporate awarded PBV’s into its PHA process infrastructure. Pima County will accept proposals for PBV assistance through this HUD approved competitive selection process. Pima County can also accept proposals for PBV assistance as recommended from a recognized competitive selection process administered by a local government agency, or other appropriate public or private entity, which has experience reviewing and awarding contracts.

3. Limit County PBV’s to less than 25 percent of total dwelling units per project.

Again, due to the limited number of proposed PBV’s (50), it is in the County’s best interest to diversify, leverage and make available these HUD resources to various projects or developments, countywide. A County PBV selection process can give preference to existing housing facilities or developments that request less than 25 percent of the total number of dwelling units (assisted or unassisted) in the project. This action will ensure more equitable distribution and availability of resources.

4. Deconcentrate pockets of poverty.

A primary HUD goal and requirement to convert TBV’s to PBV’s is “de-concentrating poverty and expanding housing and economic opportunities.” The County will preference approval of PBV rental housing subsidies to eligible projects or proposed developments in census tracts that have poverty concentrations of 20 percent or less. The County will consider exceptions to this preference for projects that complement and incorporate other local community and economic development plans and identified leveraged resources, e.g. federally recognized Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas and Opportunity Zones.

5. Address County identified housing issues.

As identified during community and stakeholder meetings, the County will take into consideration preference to PBV projects that address one or more of the following housing issues:

a. Mitigate the loss of existing housing;
b. Support individuals and families who experience significant housing cost burden; reside in substandard housing; and, incur additional housing challenges due to shifts in federal policies;
c. Support families and children at immediate risk of homelessness.
d. Support households with family members living with disabilities which have significantly affected in their ability to obtain/maintain housing and support services to maintain independent living.
e. Support individuals and families, who, without appropriate supportive services, will not be able to obtain / maintain appropriate housing.
f. Support PBV programs and projects within identified Pima County Community

6. Pima County PBV developer/subrecipient contract considerations:

The following contractual provisions will be considered when executing agreements with PBV recipients:

a. Should an entity have significant experience in developing PBV programs and demonstrate sufficient capacity to executed a contract, the County will consider a 15-year term, with an option to renew for an additional 15 years.
b. Should an entity have a limited experience in developing PBV programs and demonstrate adequate capacity to comply with all terms of the contract, the County will consider an initial 5-year term, with renewable periods up to fifteen years, not to exceed a total of 30 years.
c. Should an entity receive significant funding through another source, which specifies required terms and conditions for contract compliance, the County will defer to those terms to secure PBV investment if appropriate.

7. Transfer of awarded PBV’s from one project to another:

In order to accommodate residents’ changing needs, Pima County will support, review and reasonably approve requests to transfer PBV’s from one housing facility to another eligible unit located at a different location on a case-by-case basis. Initial PBV transfer guidelines include:

a. Resident must be a current renter in a housing facility receiving Project-Based Voucher’s administered by the City of Tucson PHA;
b. Resident must be in good standing with applicable PHA rules and regulations; and
c. Transfer requests to address documented medical needs or family status changes will be given priority.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184838

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, proposed properties/developments must be located in un-incorporated Pima County, Town of Marana, Town of Sahuarita or Town of Oro Valley. Preference will be given to Pima County Target Areas (except City of South Tucson) identified in the County’s 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan (see website link in Referenced Resources in appendix A).

Prohibited Housing Types - In the PBV program, the Public Housing Authority (PHA) may not provide assistance for the following housing types:

1. Shared housing;
2. Units on the grounds of a correctional, medical, mental or similar public or private institution;
3. Nursing homes or facilities providing continuous psychiatric, medical nursing services, board or care, or intermediate care. However the PHA may attach PBV assistance for a dwelling unit in an assisted living facility that provides home health care services for the residents of the housing;
4. Student Housing - Units owned or controlled by an educational institution or its affiliate and are designated for occupancy by students of the institution;
5. Manufactured homes; and
6. Transitional Housing
7. Owner occupied units
8. Subsidized housing

Pre-proposal Conference:

A pre-submittal meeting will be held at 1:30 pm on Monday December 3, 2018.


Pima County Housing Center
801 W. Congress St
Tucson AZ 85745

Pre-Application Information:

Proposed LOI and Application review timeline:

- A pre-submittal meeting will be held at 1:30 pm on Monday December 3, 2018, at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress St, Tucson AZ 85745.
- LOI submittal deadline – no later than 4pm on December 28, 2018
- Pima County CDNC staff will evaluate the LOI for minimum threshold criteria and the capacity of the organization to successfully complete the project (if new construction/renovation) and to successfully operate and maintain the affordable housing development and proposed PBV units.
- County staff will notify eligible projects of their eligibility status within 10 working days of LOI submittal deadline.
- Projects determined eligible will be invited to submit an application for Pima County PBV’s on or about January 15th, 2019, at which time applications will be made available and an application meeting will be scheduled and noticed.
- The tentative application deadline will be February 28, 2019.
- Conditional award recommendations will be announced tentatively on March 25, 2019

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Deliver or mail one hard copy and one electronic copy to

Pima County Housing Center
801 W. Congress Street
Tucson AZ 85745

Electronic copies can be sent via E-mail to:

Marcos Ysmael
Ph: (520) 724-2462 o

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USA: Arizona: Unincorporated Pima County, Town of Marana, Town of Sahuarita or Town of Oro Valley