Mainstream Voucher Program

Omnibus Appropriations Acts in 2017 and 2018 made approximately $400 million available for new mainstream voucher assistance, the first funding for new mainstream vouchers since 2005. HUD awarded over $98 million in funding to 286 PHAs on September 4, 2018. Newly allocated mainstream vouchers assist non-elderly persons with disabilities. Aside from serving a special population, mainstream vouchers are administered using the same rules as other housing choice vouchers.

HUD will publish another NOFA for mainstream vouchers in 2019.


Information for PHAs Administering Mainstream Vouchers

HUD is developing guidance on waiting list administration for special purpose voucher programs. In the meantime, please see the Mainstream Voucher Program FAQs. If your question is not answered in the FAQs, please submit to  Individual requests for housing assistance should NOT be sent to MainstreamVouchers@hudgov. If you are an individual seeking housing assistance, please reach out to your local HUD office and public housing agency (PHA) to learn more about the housing resources and opportunities within your community. For further information on how to locate the nearest HUD office and PHA, please click on the following link:

PIC/VMS Reporting – Vouchers awarded in September 2018 should be coded as MS5 on line 2n of the HUD-50058. All mainstream voucher assistance should be reported in VMS under the Mainstream 5 Year line.


Mainstream Voucher Program Implementation FAQs (3/22/2019)


FY2017 Mainstream Voucher NOFA


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