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Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF) Grant

Grants to Nebraska Nonprofits, Community Agencies, and
Government Authorities for Projects that Increase Housing Availability

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Funding Source:

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Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) - Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF)

Conf. Date:

03/04/21

LOI Date:

02/23/21

Deadline Date:

04/29/21 6:00 PM CT

Description:

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Grants to Nebraska nonprofit organizations, community agencies, and government authorities for a wide range of projects that increase housing availability. Applicants are required to submit a preliminary application prior to a full grant application. Funding is intended for housing projects, capacity building, and operating assistance to stimulate the development of safe, decent, and affordable housing.

NAHTF funding categories:

  • Homeowner Rehabilitation - Assist owner-occupants with the repair, rehabilitation, or reconstruction of their homes.
  • Homebuyer Activities - Finance homebuyer assistance or the acquisition and/or rehabilitation or new construction of homes for homebuyers.
  • Rental Housing - Affordable rental housing may be constructed, acquired, and/or rehabilitated.
  • Capacity Building & Operating Assistance - Available for organizational operating expenses to increase the capacity of the organization to produce and develop affordable housing.

The activities listed below are eligible for NAHTF assistance, as provided in Section 58-706 of the Nebraska Affordable Housing Act:

  • New construction, rehabilitation, or acquisition of housing to assist low-income and very low-income families;
  • Matching funds for new construction, rehabilitation, or acquisition of housing units to assist low-income and very low-income families; 
  • Technical assistance, design and finance services, and consultation for eligible nonprofit community or neighborhood-based organizations involved in the creation of affordable housing;
  • Matching funds for operating costs for housing assistance groups or organizations, when such grants or loans will substantially increase the recipient's ability to produce affordable housing;
  • Mortgage insurance guarantees for eligible projects;
  • Acquisition of housing units for the purpose of preservation of housing to assist low-income or very low-income families;
  • Projects making affordable housing more accessible to families with elderly members or members who have disabilities;
  • Projects providing housing in areas determined by DED to be of critical importance to the continued economic development and well-being of the community and where, as determined by DED, a shortage of affordable housing exists;
    • For the 2021 program year, Disaster Recovery Housing Projects (must be included in DR4420) and projects resulting in new units are determined to be of critical importance and are included in the Housing Projects Funding Cycle.
  • Infrastructure projects necessary for the development of affordable housing (support activity implemented in conjunction with the development of affordable housing only);
  • Downpayment and closing cost assistance;
  • Demolition of existing vacant, condemned, or obsolete housing, industrial buildings or infrastructure (support activity implemented in conjunction with the development of affordable housing only);
  • Housing education programs developed in conjunction with affordable housing projects. Education programs must be directed toward:
  • Preparing potential homebuyers to purchase affordable housing;
  • Post-purchase homeowner education;
  • Target audiences eligible to utilize the services of housing assistance groups/organizations;
  • Developers interested in the rehabilitation, acquisition, or construction of affordable housing.
  • Support for efforts to improve programs benefiting homeless youth;
  • Vocational training in the housing and construction trades industries by nonprofit groups.

Eligible Costs:

  • New Construction
  • Rehabilitation
  • Reconstruction
  • Site Improvements
  • Acquisition of Property
  • Acquisition of Vacant Land
  • Demolition
  • Relocation Costs
  • Housing Management/Project Soft Costs

For more information on eligible costs, see: https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/2021-NAHTF-Application-Guidelines-FINAL.pdf#page=6

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170275

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$10,300,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The 2021 suggested maximum NAHTF award is $500,000 for any Housing Project application.
- The maximum Nonprofit Technical Assistance activity award is $40,000 over a two-year period.

Term of Contract:

- Rentals, New Construction, Homebuyer Assistance, and Purchase, Rehab, Resale projects will be recommended for a 36-month contract period.
- Owner Occupied Rehab, Nonprofit Technical Assistance, and all other projects will be recommended for a 24-month contract period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants for NAHTF include:
1. Governmental subdivisions
2. Public housing authorities
3. Community action agencies
4. Community-based, neighborhood-based, or reservation-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) organizations

- For-profit entities are eligible to receive NAHTF funds when working in conjunction with one of the other eligible applicants. The eligible applicant organization must be the applicant for the NAHTF funds.
- Properties previously financed with LIHTC, HOME, and/or NAHTF that have successfully completed their required Period of Affordability are eligible.

Ineligible Activities
Any activity not specifically authorized under Eligible Activities is ineligible to be conducted with NAHTF funds. This section further identifies ineligible activities:
- Furnishings and personal property not an integral structural fixture including the purchase of equipment, fixtures, and motor vehicles;
- Mobile homes, as defined by the Department; Mobile homes means a movable or portable dwelling constructed to be towed on its own chassis, connected to utilities, and designed with or without a permanent foundation for year-round living. It may consist of one or more units that can be telescoped when towed and expanded later for additional capacity, or of two or more units, separately towable but designed to be joined into one integral unit; or
- The following activities, if not directly related to eligible housing activities including, but not limited to: housing education, acquisition of property and easements, public facilities development or improvements, relocation, clearance, and demolition.
- Properties that will be financed with Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) are not eligible.

Pre-proposal Conference:

February 2, 2021 2021: NAHTF Pre-Application Workshop (WebEx) - All applicants are encouraged to participate.
WebEx – Website Streaming
2:00 p.m. (Central)

March 4, 2021 2021: NAHTF Application Workshop (WebEx)
WebEx – Website Streaming
1:30 p.m. (Central)

March 8 – March 19, 2021: 2021 NAHTF Application
Workshop (In-Person)
TBD
1 Workshop per Program Rep’s Region

March 23, 2021: 2021 NAHTF Application Workshop (WebEx)
WebEx – Website Streaming
10:00 a.m. (Central)

To register: https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/grow-your-community/training/

Pre-Application Information:

- Pre-Application Deadline: February 23, 2021, at 6:00 PM CT
- Application Deadline: April 29, 2021, at 6:00 PM CT
- The announcement or award of funds for 2021 NAHTF Housing and Technical Assistance Funding Cycle applications will not occur prior to July 1, 2021.

Matching funds are not required.

For program-specific guideline checklists, see Supporting Documents, below.

Plans and Reports: https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/grow-your-community/reports-plans/

Data for Applicants and Grantees: https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/grow-your-community/data-for-applicants-and-grantees/

For Grant Administration, Forms and Templates, and recordings of 2020 NAHTF workshops, see URL for Full Text (RFP).

2021 NAHTF Pre Application Workshop recording:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP8gP4J6584&feature=youtu.be

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

All Pre-Application Submissions: https://ne.amplifund.com/Public/Opportunities/Details/8c25ee4d-797c-43f9-baad-e00462793067

All Application Submissions: https://ne.amplifund.com/Public/Opportunities/Details/fb57322c-02c3-43d8-a635-f26a22b6ab67

Evan Clark
Housing Specialist
evan.clark@nebraska.gov
402-471-4679

Steve Charleston
Director of Housing & Community Development
steve.charleston@nebraska.gov
402-471-3757

Lynn Kohout
Housing Manager
lynn.kohout@nebraska.gov
402-440-2599

Nebraska Department of Economic Development
301 Centennial Mall South, 4th Floor
Lincoln, NE 68508
800-426-6505

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