Report: Competitive Contracting at HUD ‘Critical’ to Improving Performance

Posted on April 18, 2017


For Immediate Release:
Report: Competitive Contracting at HUD ‘Critical’ to Improving Performance
New Study Reveals Crucial Role of Section 8 Contractors
WASHINGTON, DC (April 18, 2017) — Navigate Affordable Housing Partners, a Birmingham-based affordable housing provider, today announced the release of a new report championing the role of Performance-Based Contract Administrators (PBCAs) and competitive contracting in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) low-income housing program. 
Underscoring the Importance of Competitive Contracting at HUD: Why Performance-Based Contract Administrators Are Critical” finds that PBCAs like Navigate perform “critical” functions for HUD and administer the low-income program, known as the Project-Based Section 8 housing program, efficiently and effectively, providing high-quality services and savings for the American taxpayer. 
“We’re proud to be among a group of contractors helping HUD to ensure quality, affordable housing for Section 8 tenants and families,” said Eric Strong, CEO of Navigate. “Since PBCAs were first sought out by HUD in 1999 to help administer the Section 8 program, we have helped grow the program to serve more than 1.2 million low-income households. We look forward to continuing to support HUD, the Section 8 program and its tenants and property owners while making affordable housing achievable for families across the country.”
The study also finds that the US is experiencing a deepening rental affordability crisis: 11 million renter households currently spend more than 50 percent of income on rent alone. Given that demand for affordable housing will only continue to rise, the need for the efficiencies and oversight that PBCAs bring to the Section 8 program will also continue to grow. These efficiencies come in the form of competitive contracting as well as the range of on-site and quality control tasks that PBCAs perform – and that lead to fewer improper payments and instances of fraud, reducing government waste and improving quality for constituents. According to the report:
Here’s the simple truth: There is no substitute for the PBCAs and the work they perform…Bringing the performance of these tasks back “in house” to HUD would diminish the overall effectiveness of the [program]…and would require a substantial injection of additional resources.
The study, authored by Dennis Shea, a former HUD official under the George W. Bush administration and Principal at Shea Public Strategies, was commissioned by Navigate to evaluate the myriad benefits of competitive contract within HUD.
Navigate Affordable Housing Partners (Navigate) is a nonprofit affordable housing provider based in Birmingham, Alabama. For nearly 15 years, Navigate has provided services to assist HUD in overseeing and administering the Project-Based Section 8 housing program in states including Alabama, Mississippi, Connecticut and Virginia. Visit
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