HUD Awards $315 Million in Grants to Address Unsheltered and Rural Homelessness

On Feb. 2, HUD released a Special Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), which awarded $315 million in grants to Continuums of Care (CoC) to address unsheltered and rural homelessness. The grants will support 46 cities that span across 30 states. Among the total funding, over $54.3 million is allocated to support rural housing with over $260.3 million going to support unsheltered homelessness.

Grantees are encouraged to coordinate their planning efforts collaboratively with partners that may include healthcare providers, PHAs, other HUD-assisted housing providers, and people with lived experience. Additionally, more of these grants are expected to be announced in the coming weeks for other communities.

For the list of CoCs awarded see here.

HUD Dedicates New and Renewed Funding for FSS Service Coordinators

On Jan. 27, HUD announced $116 million in new and renewed funding to support FSS Service Coordinators. This funding is vital to support communities and assist individuals in improving their lives. From educational to professional and financial guidance to HUD-assisted residents, Service Coordinators play a huge factor in the success of the FSS program.

Of the total amount allocated, nearly $109.5 million will go towards renewed funding–supporting 682 PHAs and a total of 1,312 Service Coordinator positions.

Additionally, $6 million of the total amount will go to support 70 new coordinator positions from 32 PHAs and 38 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) owners across the United States.

HUD Releases Notice on Changes to NSPIRE Demonstration

On Jan. 25, HUD released Notice 2023-01354, which notifies Demonstration participants within HUD’s Multifamily Housing program that they will be subject to an inspection through the NSPIRE demonstration. Multifamily Housing participants who do not want to receive a score through NSPIRE before October 1, 2023 are allowed to opt-out and receive an inspection of record through the Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS). Those interested in opting-out should submit a request via email to NSPIRE-Demo-Opt-Out@hud.gov no later than March 1, 2023.

The notice also revises the demonstration so that it ends on the effective date of the NSPIRE final rule.

Demonstration end dates:

  • Public Housing: Demonstration ends June 30, 2023
  • Multifamily Housing: Demonstration ends September 30, 2023

Should these dates change, HUD will provide an additional notice through the Federal Register.

For the full notice please see here.

HUD Releases Notice on CDBG-DR Allocations, Consolidated Waivers and Alternative Requirements

On Jan. 18, HUD published Notice 2023-00721, which addresses requirements for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grants. This applies to funds for disasters that occurred in 2020 and 2021 allocated by the Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2022. Very significantly, many requirements address amendments to the Consolidated Notice, which focus on waivers and alternative requirements for CDBG-DR grantees.

This notice applies to grantees starting January 23, 2023.

Sections that are primarily covered in the notice include:

  • Allocations
  • Use of Funds
  • Overview of the Grant Process
  • Applicable Rules, Statues, Waivers, and Alternative Requirements
  • Duration of Funding

To get a complete detailed analysis of the notice, please see our Jan 31 edition of The NAHRO Monitor.

For the original version of the notice within the Federal Register please see here.

HOPWA Grantees Required to Install Carbon Monoxide Alarms/Detectors

On December 8, HUD issued Notice CPD-22-15, requiring Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) grantees and project sponsors to ensure that all dwelling units under the program have carbon monoxide (CO) alarms or detectors installed. The notice goes into effect on December 27, 2022.

Types of units included

  • new construction
  • project or tenant-based rental assistance
  • short-term rent, mortgage, and utility payments (not subject to HOPWA HQS requirements)
  • permanent housing placement (not subject to HOPWA HQS requirements)
  • acquisition, rehabilitation, conversion, lease, and repair of facilities
  • operating costs

Implementation

For units that are subject to the HOPWA Housing Quality Standards (HQS), grantees and project sponsors should assess for CO alarms or detectors when completing an HQS inspection. Grantees/project sponsors should add a question on their HQS inspection forms as to the presence of functioning CO alarms or detectors and document compliance to be kept in the household’s file.

Units not subject to HOPWA HQS may rely on self-certification by the tenant or owner. Grantees/project sponsors should develop materials or trainings to make sure whomever is conducting a self-certification understands and applies the applicable criteria of all properly installed CO detectors or alarms.

In addition, the notice provides ways to prevent intrusion of the devices and examples of sources that create or emit CO. Resources about CO alarms and information are also provided in the notice.

For more guidance and information in the notice please see here.

Final NAHRO Day 3 Session on Financing for Publicly Owned Affordable Workforce Housing

The “NAHRO Together Day 3” webinar series continues for it’s final session of the year Thursday November 17 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

The session, with guest speaker Matt Avital from Ascenda Capital, will highlight how housing authorities and agencies throughout the United States can benefit from accessing certain financing structures to create and own affordable workforce housing more efficiently. The presentation will also feature Gerry Cichon, CEO of Housing Opportunity Management Enterprises in El Paso, Texas and Cody Wilson, Managing Director of Piper Sandler.

The webinar is free and open to all. Register here.

If you missed a Day 3 session and would like to view any of the sessions from previous weeks please see below:

Read more: Final NAHRO Day 3 Session on Financing for Publicly Owned Affordable Workforce Housing

LIHTC Income-Averaging Final Rule Released

On October 12, 2022, the Department of the Treasury released the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) final regulations related to the income-averaging test that are now in effect. The final regulations provide guidance to using the Average Income Set-Asides, which are used to qualify as a low-income housing project and receive low-income housing credits. The final rule, which also focuses on revising limitations related to the imputed income designation of units and revising criteria/requirements of the Average Income Test, affect owners of low-income housing projects, tenants in those projects, and State/local housing credit agencies that monitor compliance.

Some revisions to LIHTC income-averaging in the final rule include:

  • Unit designations: Unit designations can change based on the activity of a tenant in instances of conflicts with federal laws, guidance issued by the governing State Housing Finance Agency, and through tenant transfers.
  • Meeting the Minimum Set-Aside for Income-Averaging: At least 40% of a project’s residential units must be eligible low-income units and designated collectively averaging 60% or less of area median gross income (AMGI). This fixes the “cliff effect” of the proposed rule, meaning that one-unit out of compliance does not mean that the entire project would fail the minimum set-aside.
  • New definition: “Low-income unit,” specific to the Average Income Test, will now take into account if a unit is part of a group of units with a compliant average limitation.
  • Reporting requirements: Temporarily requires recording and annual communication to the applicable agency of (i) units in the qualified group of units used for satisfying the average income set-aside (ii) units in the qualified group for purposes of the applicable fractions.

The final rule can be found here.

For a more in-depth look into the rule, please see our next edition of The Monitor on October 31.

NAHRO Together Day 3 Series: Second Session to Feature “Addressing the Affordable Housing Shortfall with ARPA”

On Thursday, Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m. ET, NAHRO will continue week two of the “NAHRO Together Day 3 Series,” which offers National Conference style sessions every Thursday for the next 5 weeks. The second session, features guest speaker Adrienne Holloway of the Harris County Community Services Department in Houston, Texas, who will discuss her department’s experiences in addressing the housing shortfall with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. This presentation will also share research findings, discuss the 10-year needs assessment for the county, and their goals to address the current and impending affordable housing crisis.

This session is open to all so register now!

For information on future NAHRO Together Day 3 sessions, please see the schedule below:

NAHRO Together Day 3 Series Kicks Off with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

On Thursday, Oct. 13 at 1:30 p.m. ET NAHRO will host it’s first ever event series “NAHRO Together Day 3,” which will offer National Conference style sessions every Thursday for the next 6 weeks. The first session, which features guest speakers from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR), will highlight the interconnection between housing and education. CGLR will highlight themes and innovations from the 2022 All-America City Award, which focused specifically on the role of public and affordable housing tied to supporting students and their families.

This session is open to all so register now!

For information on future NAHRO Together Day 3 sessions, please see the schedule below:

HUD Releases NOFO for Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants

On September 30, HUD announced the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants. Approximately $379 million in total will be made available to support with the implementation of neighborhood revitalization plans that are used to improve housing, economic/social factors for residents, and to create communities that attract investment for the benefit of residents.

Applications for this grant are due by Wednesday January 11, 2023. Each applicant may be eligible for up to $50 million to support implementation efforts. In addition, HUD will allocate $100 million of the total amount for Supplemental Grants to assist grantees from the fiscal years 2017 through 2020 that have already met certain requirements as per the guidelines of the grant.

For more information on this NOFO, please stay tuned for the next edition of The Monitor.