HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance

HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) permits Participating Jurisdictions (PJs) to create flexible programs that provide assistance to individual households to help them afford the housing costs of market-rate units. These programs are known as "tenant-based rental assistance," or TBRA. HOME TBRA programs differ from other types of HOME rental housing activities in three key ways:

  • TBRA programs help individual households, rather than subsidizing particular rental projects.

  • TBRA assistance moves with the tenant—if the household no longer wishes to rent a particular unit, the household may take its TBRA and move to another rental property.

  • The level of TBRA subsidy varies—the level of subsidy is based upon the income of the household, the particular unit the household selects, and the PJ’s rent standard (rather than being tied to the PJ’s high and low HOME rents).

There are many different types of TBRA programs, but the most common type provides payments to make up the difference between the amount a household can afford to pay for housing and the local rent standards. Other TBRA programs help tenant pay for costs associated with their housing, such as security and utility deposits.

For more information on Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, see 24 CFR 92.209.

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Policy Guidance


HOMEfires Vol. 3, No. 10: Considering Enhanced Section 8 Vouchers as Project-based Rental Assistance or Tenant-Based Rental Assistance for Determining the Rent Applicable to a HOME Unit

For the purpose of determining the rent applicable to a HOME unit, are enhanced Section 8 vouchers, sometimes referred to as "sticky" vouchers, considered project-based rental assistance or tenant-based rental assistance?

Date Published: November 2001

HOME CPD Notices

Notice CPD-96-07: Guidance on Tenant-Based Rental Assistance under the HOME Program

This Notice outlines the basic requirements for using HOME funds for a tenant-based rental assistance (TBRA) program.

Date Published: November 1996

Guidebooks and Training Manuals

Building HOME: A HOME Program Primer - Training Manual and Slides

This training provides an overview of the HOME Program, including changes made to the regulations in 1996 with the publication of the HOME Final Rule.

Date Published: February 2012


CPD Income Eligibility Calculator

The CPD Income Eligibility Calculator is a tool to help CPD grantees determine income eligibility and assistance amounts for beneficiaries of most CPD programs.

Date Published: June 2017

Templates and Forms

HOME Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Inspection Form

This is a checklist that can be used to ensure that a property meets HUD's Housing Quality Standards.

Date Published: June 2010

HOME Lease Addendum

This form is used as an addendum to a lease to include the provisions necessary as a result of the tenant's participation in a HOME rental assistance program.

Date Published: June 2010

HOME Rent Reasonableness Checklist and Certification

This form is used as a checklist to ensure rent reasonableness in cases where HOME funds are used to provide rental assistance

Date Published: June 2010

HOME Rental Assistance Contract

This form is a tenant-based rental assistance contract that can be entered into by a participating jurisdiction and a landlord to ensure compliance with relevant HOME and other federal requirements.

Date Published: June 2010

HOME Rental Assistance Coupon

This coupon is issued by the program administrator to the tenant who is eligible to participate in a HOME rental assistance program.

Date Published: June 2010

HOME Request for Unit Approval

This form is completed by the tenant and the landlord to request the program administrator's approval of the unit for which the tenant has elected to receive rental assistance.

Date Published: June 2010

TBRA Applications for Rental Assistance

These forms provide sample formats that can be used as applications for rental assistance, including a pre-application version and a full application version.

Date Published: June 2010

TBRA Budget Worksheet

This form provides a sample worksheet for estimating the costs and the budget for a TBRA project.

Date Published: June 2010



View HOME Investment Partnerships Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the HOME FAQs landing page.

In addition, these documents contain HOME FAQs organized by topic.

Date Published: August 2016