Housing Authority Birmingham District | SPECIAL PROGRAMS
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In addition to our regular tenant based vouchers, HABD also has Special Purpose Vouchers within the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Special Purpose Funding is for targeted specific purposes such as specific families or specific categories of families. HABD offers the following Special Purpose Programs:

Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)

The HUD-VASH Program is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District (HABD). It is a national initiative that provides permanent housing and supportive services to homeless veterans. The goal of the program is to combine Section 8 rental assistance vouchers with case management and clinical services provided by the VA at its medical centers to enable homeless veterans to re-integrate in the community to lead healthy productive lives. Veterans interested in this program must be registered for VA services. If they are not, they need to visit the VA’s Eligibility Office located on the first floor. They can then contact Cortney Rankins at (205) 936-1365 for a HUD-VASH screening.

Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Program

Under the SRO program, HUD enters into annual contributions contracts (ACCs) with HABD in connection with the moderate rehabilitation of residential properties. HABD makes rental assistance payments to participating landlords on behalf of homeless individuals who rent the rehabilitated dwellings. The rental assistance payments generally cover the difference between a portion of the tenant’s adjusted income and the unit’s rent, which must be within the fair market limit established by HUD. HUD provides rental assistance for SRO units for a period of 10 years. Owners are compensated for the cost of rehabilitation (as well as the other costs of owning and maintaining the property) through the rental assistance payments. HABD has partnered with the Alabama Regional Medical Center to provide the SRO program.

Those interested in this program should contact Andrea Purifoy at the Alabama Regional Medical Center at (205) 370-1422 or (205) 323-5311.


This is a Project-Based Voucher Program which assists families where the head of household has been classified as having a mental illness. The property that participates with the MIMR program is Metropolitan Gardens/Park Place Apartments. Applicants interested in this program must be referred from a mental health agency or doctor who can properly certify their eligibility based on specific criteria.


(click here to download the Project-Based Waiting List Pre-Application MIMR for Park Place)

Project-Based Vouchers (PBV)

Project-Based Vouchers are a component of the Housing Choice Voucher Program. A public housing agency can attach up to 20 percent of its voucher assistance to specific housing units if the owner agrees to either rehabilitate or construct new units, or the owner agrees to set-aside a portion of the units in an existing development. HABD is in partnership with private apartment complexes and developers to provide project-based rental assistance with qualified properties. PBV units are awarded through a competitive process.


This is a Project-Based Voucher Program in which HABD partners with the YWCA to provide housing assistance to families in the Birmingham metro area at one of the YWCA’s apartment complexes in the Woodlawn area. Special preference is given to people who are victims of domestic violence or homeless. This waiting list is currently open. For more information, please see the public notice and application. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION


Open enrollment for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting list occurs periodically and will be released as a public notice to the local newspapers and on our website at least 2 weeks prior to the waiting list opening. Currently, the HCV waiting list is closed.

More information is available by contacting the Assisted Housing/Section 8 Department at (205) 521-7460.

Kangi Drake
Director of Rental Assistance Programs
Housing Authority of the Birmingham District
1301 25th Ave North
Birmingham, AL 35204