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The mission of California Affordable Housing Initiatives, Inc. is to administer project-based Section 8 contracts on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development in order to:

  • Ensure that eligible families are provided affordable housing that is well managed and maintained;
  • Contribute to building and preserving healthy neighborhoods and communities; and
  • Operate with a high degree of integrity and public and fiscal accountability


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California Affordable Housing Initiatives, Inc. ("CAHI") was formed as an instrumentality of the Oakland Housing Authority to enhance, preserve, develop and administer housing for HUD-defined low and moderate income families and individuals in California. CAHI assumed contract administration duties for Northern California from HUD on October 1, 2004. The Northern California program encompasses almost 550 properties and 40,000 families.

As part of HUD's Performance Based Contract Administration (PBCA) program for project based section 8, CAHI's primary purpose is to administer Section 8 contracts in Northern California on behalf of HUD.

CAHI has CGI as its business-processing partner to perform many of the processing activities required under the Annual Contributions Contract (ACC). These contract administration activities include renewing expiring Housing Assistance Payment Contracts, adjusting contract rents, processing monthly HAP voucher payments and performing Management & Occupancy Reviews. In 2018 alone, CAHI processed:

  • 6,600 vouchers totaling $608,000,000.
  • Renewed 65 HAP contracts
  • Completed 439 rent adjustments
  • Performed 246 MORS.

CGI Federal's Housing, Ginnie Mae and Transportation Sector, working with its partners in Northern California as well as Ohio, New York, Florida and Washington D.C is currently the largest HUD contractor for Section 8 Performance Based Contract Administration, processing over $1.8 Billion of housing assistance payments for over 250,000 units annually.


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