FSS NOFO Released

On July 28, HUD published the FY 2021 Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on its webpage. The application deadline is August 27.

PHAs applying for FSS funding should note that the 2021 FSS- Renewal NOFO has changed. For the FY21 NOFO only, all PHAs that were funded in FY20, FY19, or FY18 are eligible for renewal funding even if the PHA did not meet the minimum number of participants requirement. HUD is providing PHAs a one-year grace period due to the impacts of COVID-19. HUD will also not use 2020 PIC counts to limit PHAs maximum positions. Starting in FY21, HUD is using a 3-year looking period for determining Maximum Positions and will use the highest number of funded positions in the eligibility period, with all part-time positions above the first position rounded up to the next highest number of full-time positions. The FY21 will have three funding priority categories: 1) funding to the amount the PHA was last funded, 2) if applicable, increases to part-time positions to a full time position, and 3) additional increases in funding. Unlike previous years, the NOFO does not require salary comparability information to be submitted by the PHA.

The FSS NOFO application is due on August 27.

Section 3 Resources Released

HUD recently released a new Section 3 Landing Page and Section 3 FAQs. HUD’s Section 3 Final Rule became effective July 1, 2021. HUD’s Section 3 Program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance provide training, employment, contracting and other economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons to the greatest extent possible. HUD’s new Section 3 Landing Page includes resources, training, and news on Section 3. The FAQ provides answers to a number of questions about the transition to and the workings of the new rule. FAQ topics include: general information, applicability, consistency with other laws, recipient responsibilities, certification, economic opportunities and numerical benchmarks, and complaints.

ROSS NOFA Released

On July 19, HUD released the NOFA for FY 2021 funding for the Resident Opportunity & Self Sufficiency Service Coordinator (ROSS-SC) program. ROSS-SC grant funding allows eligible applicants to hire a Service Coordinator who assesses the needs of Public and Indian housing residents and links them to local training and supportive services. The ROSS-SC grant also provides funding for grantees to provide direct services to further support the work of the ROSS-SC and the goals of the ROSS program. FY 2021 funding for ROSS was $35 million. Award ceilings are at $737,500. Eligible applicants can apply at grants.gov. Applications are due September 17.

CY 2021 Interim Operating Fund Grant Eligibility

HUD has updated the Public Housing Operating Fund Grant interim eligibility for calendar year 2021. PHAs can find their interim eligibility in the Operating Fund Web Portal in the PHA Form 52723/52722 module. PHAs have until August 16, 2021 to request revisions to their Operating Fund eligibility by email to their Field Office. Reasons that HUD may revise Operating Fund eligibility can be found listed in Section 12 of Notice PIH-2021-04, “Submission of Requests for Revision to the CY 2-21 OpFund Grant Eligibility.” PHAs should contact their local field office with any questions.

July Operating Fund Delayed

Due to unforeseen technical issues, HUD will delay the release of the July Operating Fund subsidy. HUD anticipates that July’s obligations will be available in eLOCCS no later than July 8, 2021. PHAs should use available reserves to cover any immediate or unanticipated cost. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local HUD field office.

Application Deadline for MTW Expansion Extended

HUD has extended the deadline to apply to the Landlord Incentives Cohort of the Moving to Work (MTW) Expansion to October 15, 2021. The Cohort will include a research and evaluation component that studies the impact of incentives aimed at encouraging landlords to participate in the Section 8 program. Agencies selected for the Landlord Incentives Cohort will also be able to utilize other flexibilities included within the MTW Demonstration. More information on the cohort and the application process can be found here.

HUD will also be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, July 20 at 1:30 PM ET on the Landlord Incentives Cohort. Interested agencies can access the webinar here:

Step 1:  Dial into the conference. 

Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694 

Access Code: 4047630# 

Step 2: Join the conference on your computer.

Entry Link:https://ems8.intellor.com/login/839285

Application Deadline for SR-FBR Program Extended

HUD has extended the application deadline for the Small-Rural Frozen Rolling Base (SR-FRB) to June 30, 2021 (Notice PIH-2021-17). To apply to the SR-FRB program, eligible PHAs must elect to participate in the program via the Operating Fund Web Portal. The election will be made through the SR-FRB submodule, which can be found in the Energy Incentives module. Elections must be on or before June 30, 2021 if an agency wishes to begin the program in 2022. As with other Operating Fund Web Portal submissions, applications must be filled out by the PHA Executive Director. Detailed instructions on how to fill out the election form can be found here. A list of eligible PHAs for the program can be found here.

The SR-FRB program allows small, rural PHAs to freeze their three-year rolling base consumption level that is used to calculate their operating fund amounts received. Housing agencies will be able to freeze their most recent three-year period for a period of up to 20 years. All cost savings will go to the PHA and the PHA may use them for any eligible public housing purpose.

Work Requirement MTW Cohort Rescinded

On May 21, HUD announced that the Department will rescind the selection notice seeking applications for the Work Requirements Cohort of the MTW Expansion (PIH Notice 2021-02). NAHRO remains supportive of the MTW Expansion and still encourages PHAs interest in the Expansion to apply to other cohorts. HUD notes that PHAs that were interested in applying to the Work Requirement Cohort can apply to either the Landlord Requirements Cohort (PIH Notice 2021-03) and/or future cohorts of the MTW Expansion. The application for the Landlord Incentives Cohort will be extended until at least September 2021.

Tenant Participation Fund Guidance Released

On May 18, HUD published Notice PIH 2021-16 titled “Guidance on the use of Tenant Participation Funds.” The notice applies to all Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) operating public housing programs. HUD provides tenant participation (TP) funds to PHAs through the Operating Fund Grant specifically for resident participation activities. The activities allow resident councils to create strong partnerships between the duly-elected residents on the council, the PHA, and HUD.

The Notice covers the role of the PHA and the Resident Council as it relates to using and disbursing funds, financial management for TP funds, allowable and unallowable uses for TP funds, and includes a guide for evaluating TP fund expenses.

The Notice can be found here.   

Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants NOFO Released

On May 12, HUD posted the FY 2021 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on grants.gov. HUD is making available up to $5 million for planning grants. Planning grants are two-year grants of up to $450,000 that assist communities with severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing in developing a neighborhood transformation plan and carrying out early action activities to help successfully implement the plan.

Applications are due to grants.gov on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.