Ohio 811 Project Rental Assistance Program

Welcome to the Ohio 811 PRA Program

The Ohio 811 Program administered by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) allows extremely low-income households comprised of one or more adults with a disability to live in an integrated setting through rental subsidy and access to supportive services.

Our partners at the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) recruit and train Referral Agents to identify and refer candidates who need housing. An individual must be connected to a referral agent to be placed on the waiting list.

ODM referral agents include HOME Choice transition coordinators, Home and Community Based Services waiver case managers, MyCare case managers, or Managed Care staff with housing or transition responsibilities.

DODD referral agents include county boards of developmental disabilities, and OhioMHAS referral agents include county boards of ADAMH. Many county boards serve as referral agents, however participation is voluntary.

The Ohio Housing Locator maintains a listing of affordable rental housing properties throughout the state. The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO) offers a Resource Guide to organizations with housing and homelessness resources. OHFA also provides links to HUD eviction guidance and legal resources on our Housing Assistance Information page. You may also contact the Metropolitan Housing Authority for your county regarding Section 8 rental assistance or other affordable housing programs that may be available.

Ohio 811 PRA Program Sections

  • Developers and Owners

    The 811 Program's project-based rental assistance can be used to designate up to 25 percent of total project units as 811 units. Subsidy can be awarded to family and senior multifamily projects that seek OHFA funding or previously-funded OHFA projects that are currently operating in the community.

  • Referral Agents

    Referral agents play a critical role as they are responsible for identifying eligible individuals, assisting them with the application process, and verifying that each individual is linked to the services and supports necessary to live independently. Learn how to become a referral agent and their responsibilities.

  • Property Managers

    Property managers are key to ensuring successful tenancy for 811 participants. Learn more about the tenant selection plan specifically for 811 units and HUD regulations that govern property management responsibilities.

  • Federal Links

    Connect with HUD and other federal government resources that intersect with the Ohio 811 Program.

The Ohio 811 Project Rental Assistance Program is not associated with Call 811. If you're inquiring about safe digging or related issues, please visit the Call 811 website.