HUD to Cease Obama Policy of Grant-Style Approach to Section 8 Housing

The HUD  will return to the bidding process for Section 8 housing, instead of the grant process used in the Obama administration.

“When dealing with performance-based Section 8 contract administrators, it’s clear that full and open competition is the way to get the best value for the taxpayer,” Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla, told the Washington Examiner. “As chairman of the Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, I have repeatedly insisted both publicly and privately that HUD follow Congressional intent, the GAO, and the Supreme Court.”


Section 8 housing is a program that provides rental assistance to landlords on behalf of low-income people in affordable housing. In 1995, the department implemented a bidding process for the management of these units, until 2012 when HUD moved to a grant-like structure.

Navigate Affordable Housing Partners CEO Eric Strong campaigned for HUD to return to the competitive bidding structure saying, “All we’ve ever wanted was fair and open competition because we know it results in the best financial situation for the taxpayer and also will result in better housing for the residents who live in those [Section 8] units.”

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