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Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes
for Neighborhood Revitalization in Struggling Areas

Agency Type:

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Public and Indian Housing

Deadline Date:

09/17/18 11:59 PM ET Receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofits, government agencies, and tribal entities for locally-driven strategies to meet the needs of struggling neighborhoods. Applicants are advised to create or verify the required registrations well in advance of the deadline date. Program areas include housing, improving neighborhood conditions, and human services.

Purpose:

The Choice Neighborhoods program leverages significant public and private dollars to support locally driven strategies that address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Local leaders, residents, and stakeholders, such as public housing authorities, cities, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits, and private developers, come together to create and implement a plan that revitalizes distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood. The program helps communities transform neighborhoods by revitalizing severely distressed public and/or assisted housing and catalyzing critical improvements in the neighborhood, including vacant property, housing, businesses, services and schools. To this end, Choice Neighborhoods is focused on three core goals:

1. Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed- income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood;

2. People: Improve outcomes of households living in the target housing related to employment and income, health, and children’s education; and

3. Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community.

To achieve these core goals, successful applicants have in place a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy, or “Transformation Plan.” This Transformation Plan is the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units, while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and creating positive outcomes for families.

Experience shows that to successfully develop and implement the Transformation Plan, broad civic engagement is needed. Successful applicants need to work with public and private agencies, organizations (including philanthropic and civic organizations), and individuals - including local leaders, residents, and stakeholders, such as public housing authorities, cities, Tribes, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits, and private developers - to gather and leverage the financial and human capital resources needed to support the sustainability of the plan. These efforts should build community support for and involvement in the development and implementation of the plan.

Objectives and Metrics to Measure Long Term Success: Each Choice Neighborhoods grantee is expected to develop metrics based on the objectives listed below to measure performance.

1. Housing Objectives: Housing transformed with the assistance of Choice Neighborhoods should be:

1. Well-Managed and Financially Viable. Developments that have budgeted appropriately for the rental income that can be generated from the project and meet or exceed industry standards for quality management and maintenance of the property.

2. Mixed-Income. Housing affordable to families and individuals with a broad range of incomes including low-income, moderate-income, and market rate or unrestricted.

3. Energy Efficient, Sustainable, Accessible, Healthy, and Free from Discrimination. Housing that is well-designed, embraces not only the requirements of accessible design but also concepts of visitability and universal design, has low per unit energy and water consumption and healthy indoor air quality, is built to be resistant to local disaster risk, has affordable broadband Internet access, and is free from all types of discrimination.

2. People Objectives: People that live in the neighborhood, with a primary focus on residents of the housing targeted for revitalization, benefit from:

1. Effective Education. A high level of resident access to high-quality early learning programs and services so children enter kindergarten ready to learn and significant growth in existing individual resident educational outcomes over time relative to the state average.

2. Employment Opportunities. The income of residents of the target housing development, particularly wage income for non-elderly/non-disabled adult residents, increases over time.

3. Quality Health Care. Residents have increased access to health services and have improved health over time.

4. Housing Location, Quality, and Affordability. Residents who, by their own choice, do not return to the development have housing and neighborhood opportunities as good as or better than the opportunities available to those who occupy the redeveloped site.

3. Neighborhood Objectives: Through investments catalyzed by Choice Neighborhoods, the neighborhood enjoys improved:

1. Private and Public Investment in the Neighborhood. The neighboring housing has a very low vacancy/abandonment rate, the housing inventory is of high quality, and the neighborhood is mixed income and maintains a mixture of incomes over time.

2. Amenities. The distance traveled from the neighborhood to basic services is equal to or less than the distance traveled from the median neighborhood in the metropolitan area. Those basic services include grocery stores, banks, health clinics and doctors’ offices, dentist offices, and high quality early learning programs and services.

3. Effective Public Schools: Public schools in the target neighborhood are safe and welcoming places for children and their families. In addition, schools have test scores that are as good as or better than the state average or are implementing school reforms that raise student achievement over time and graduate students from high school prepared for college and a career.

4. Safety: Residents are living in a safer environment as evidenced by the revitalized neighborhood having significantly lower crime rates than the neighborhood had prior to redevelopment and maintaining a lower crime rate over time.

Program Definitions:

For purposes of the Choice Neighborhoods program, the following definitions of key terms apply. As needed, other definitions relevant to specific thresholds and rating factors will be provided in those sections of the NOFA.

1. Affordable Housing. The term “affordable housing” means, in the context of a Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan, housing funded by the Choice Neighborhoods grant for which the owner of the project/unit has recorded a HUD-approved affordability use restriction for occupancy by households earning up to 120 percent of Area Median Income (AMI) for no fewer than 20 years. Such housing is not considered replacement housing for the purposes of the one-for-one replacement requirement.

2. Anchor Institutions. Anchor institutions are place-based entities that have regional significance and are permanently rooted, economic and cultural drivers in specific locales – generating jobs, creating local business opportunities, and contributing in significant ways to the development of human, social and cultural capital. They include universities, tribal colleges, hospitals, sports facilities, performing arts, tribal cultural institutions, and other major cultural facilities (such as museums and central libraries) and some very large places of worship and corporations, subject to HUD’s discretion.

3. Assisted Housing. In this NOFA, the term “assisted housing” (used interchangeably with “HUD-Assisted Housing”) means housing assisted under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f and 42 U.S.C 1437g) (excluding tenant-based vouchers and where fewer than 50 percent of the units in a housing development receive project-based voucher assistance); section 221(d)(3) or section 236 of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1715l and 12 U.S.C 1715z-1); section 202 of Housing Act of 1959 (12 U.S.C. 1701q); section 811 of the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C 8013); or the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996, 25 U.S.C. § 4101, et seq. (limited only to single family and duplex rental housing that is clustered in a development and/or multifamily rental housing projects in which at least 50 percent of the units are assisted) (Indian Housing).

4. Case Management. Case Management is an individual- or family-centered approach to assisting people of all ages with accessing the services they want and need. It includes screening/assessment/risk management, individualized service planning based on resident needs and choices, provision of options and information, linkage/referral to formal and informal services and supports, service coordination at the client-level, crisis intervention, follow-up, advocacy, monitoring/evaluation of resident progress as well as timeliness and effectiveness of service delivery, and maintenance of records. Case management contributes to and benefits from well-coordinated services at the community level. The intensity and frequency of case management services should be tailored to the level of an individual’s or family’s needs. Active case management requires a minimum of quarterly client contact.

5. Co-Applicant. Co-Applicant means an entity with which the Lead Applicant chooses to apply for funding under this NOFA. A Co-Applicant can be a local government, PHA, nonprofit, for-profit developer, or tribal entity. The local government of jurisdiction, or tribe for applications that target Indian Housing, must be included as the Co-Applicant if it is not the Lead Applicant. Along with the Lead Applicant, the Co-Applicant must meet each Threshold Requirement listed in Section III.C, will sign the Grant Agreement, and will be responsible for implementing the activities identified in the Transformation Plan.

6. Critical Community Improvements. Critical Community Improvements (CCI) are community and economic development projects undertaken in the target neighborhood which will enhance the neighborhood outcomes proposed in the Transformation Plan. Up to 15 percent of the Choice Neighborhoods grant may be used for CCIs. Applicants must have a plan, approved by HUD, for how these funds will be used. CCI funds must be leveraged with additional resources. They must be used for physical community and economic development projects that enhance and accelerate the transformation of the neighborhood and the target housing being redeveloped. HUD does not explicitly define every possible use of CCI funds as use of these funds should be locally driven to solve challenges identified by the community. CCI funds are not intended to be used for infrastructure or substitute for basic municipal services. These funds should be used for innovative solutions to neighborhood challenges identified in the neighborhood narrative.

Possible uses of funds include, but are not limited to:
a. Financing for commercial and economic development projects;
b. Neighborhood business facade improvement programs;
c. Place-making projects;
d. Neighborhood broadband;
e. Revolving loan funds for business attraction and retention;
f. Streetscape improvements above and beyond the locality’s norm;
g. Programs to improve housing in the neighborhood surrounding the target housing subject of this application. Such programs could include targeted loan, grant and revolving loan programs to assist existing property owners with maintaining their property, model block programs, facade and front porch repair programs; and
h. Acquisition of underutilized land for new parks, community gardens, community facilities, or other uses approved by HUD.

7. Evidence-based Practice. Evidence-based practice refers to the use of the best available conclusions/findings from research and studies as a base for determining the best practices and predictions of outcomes in a field. A strong evidence base is offered by studies with designs that can support causal conclusions and studies that, in total, include enough of the range of participants and settings to support generalizability.

8. Families. The term “families” has the meaning provided in section (b)(3)(B) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437a).

9. Hard to House. Hard to House refers to a special population of residents who face multiple, persistent barriers to moving toward self-sufficiency or maintaining stable housing for reasons that go beyond affordability, such as long-term unemployment, substance use or mental health problems, and/or a criminal record. These vulnerable households may have trouble finding a unit in the private market and may face significant challenges meeting the screening requirements to return to a new mixed-income development.

10. Housing Implementation Entity. The entity that is responsible for implementing the Housing component of the Transformation Plan and is at-risk and financially responsible for developing the housing and the long-term asset management of the housing. A joint venture with an executed agreement that establishes clear roles and responsibility can be the Housing Implementation Entity.

11. Lead Applicant. Lead Applicant means the primary entity responsible for implementing the activities identified in the Transformation Plan. The Lead Applicant must be a local government, PHA, or tribal entity. The Lead Applicant is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all elements of the Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan and is accountable to HUD to complete the work proposed in the application, as amended with HUD approval. The Lead Applicant will sign the Grant Agreement.

12. Local Government. The term “local government” shall have the same meaning as “unit of general local government” in section 102(a)(1) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5302): The term “unit of general local government” means any city, county, town, township, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a State; Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa, or a general purpose political subdivision thereof; a combination of such political subdivisions that, except as provided in section 5306(d)(4) of this title, is recognized by the Secretary; the District of Columbia; and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Such term also includes a State or a local public body or agency (as defined in section 4512 of this title), community association, or other entity, which is approved by the Secretary for the purpose of providing public facilities or services to a new community as part of a program meeting the eligibility standards of section 4513 of this title or title IV of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968).

13. Low-performing School. The term low-performing school means a school receiving assistance through Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), that is in corrective action or restructuring in the State, as determined under section 1116 of the ESEA, and a secondary school (either middle or high school) in the State that is equally as low-achieving as these Title I schools and are eligible for, but do not receive Title I funds.

14. Neighborhood. The neighborhood is the geographic area within which the activities of the Transformation Plan shall focus. HUD understands that neighborhood boundaries are not fixed like municipal or county boundaries. The Department also recognizes that neighborhoods do not necessarily follow statistical boundaries, such as Census Tracts. For Choice Neighborhoods, HUD will rely on applicants to identify boundaries for the target neighborhood that are generally accepted as a neighborhood. In many communities, those typical neighborhood boundaries are delineated by major streets or physical topography.

The neighborhood must be larger than just the footprint of the distressed public or HUD- Assisted Housing targeted in the application, but cannot encompass more than one municipal jurisdiction and is typically an area less than two miles wide.

15. Neighborhood Assets. Neighborhood assets includes five main categories:

a. Developmental assets that allow residents to attain the skills needed to be successful in all aspects of daily life (e.g., educational institutions, early learning centers, and health resources);
b. Commercial assets that are associated with production, employment, transactions, and sales (e.g., labor force and retail establishments);
c. Recreational assets that create value in a neighborhood beyond work and education (e.g., parks, open space, community gardens, athletics and arts organizations);
d. Physical assets that are associated with the built environment and physical infrastructure (e.g., housing, commercial buildings, and roads);
e. Social assets that establish well-functioning social interactions (e.g., public safety and community engagement); and
f. Cultural assets that enhance the quality of life for the neighborhood residents (e.g. art centers, museums, etc.).

16. Neighborhood Implementation Entity. The entity that is responsible for coordinating, overseeing and implementing the Critical Community Improvements. The Neighborhood Implementation Entity must be either 1) the local government or tribe in which the target housing resides, 2) a local redevelopment authority, or 3) a public/private partnership which receives local government funding for its activities in the target neighborhood and which has local government participation on its governing board. A joint venture or other type of partnership cannot be the Neighborhood Implementation Entity.

17. Part I Violent Crimes. Part I Violent Crimes shall have the same meaning used by the United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Uniform Crime Report. Aggravated assault, rape, murder, and robbery are classified as Part I Violent Crimes.

18. People Implementation Entity. An entity with proven experience in supportive service design and implementation which has primary responsibility for facilitating the achievement of the supportive services strategy. This strategy should be minimally comprised of case management and service coordination related to health, economic development, education and early childhood education. A joint venture or other type of partnership cannot be the People Implementation Entity.

19. Physical Needs Assessment. A Physical Needs Assessment (PNA) should be prepared by an independent registered engineer or architect that conducts a physical inspection of at least 10 percent of each dwelling unit set (i.e. a grouping of units within a building, which share characteristics, such as: number of bedrooms, number of full and half baths, ceiling height, and floor area) in order to ensure a representative sample of dwelling units are assessed and at least 50 percent of the non-dwelling space (i.e. exteriors, envelopes, non- dwelling units, grounds, common space and systems). Generally, a PNA identifies all the work needed to bring the housing project up to the applicable building modernization and energy conservation standards. Typically, a PNA takes into account the life cycle replacement costs of the housing project’s entire inventory of capital items for a period of 20 years; however, for the purposes of the rating factors in this NOFA HUD will only consider the cost of immediate needs for rehabilitation, defined as capital replacements to be conducted in Year 1 of the PNA’s replacement schedule. Capital Needs Assessments, Project Capital Needs Assessments and Physical Condition Assessments are acceptable formats.

20. Principal Team Member. Principal Team Members are the Lead Applicant, Co- Applicant(s) if any, Housing Implementation Entity, People Implementation Entity, and Neighborhood Implementation Entity.

21. Public Housing. The term “public housing” refers to housing that receives funding under an Annual Contributions Contract (ACC) and in accordance with section 9 of the US Housing Act of 1937. A public housing project is a group of such housing that has a single Project Number assigned by the Director of Public Housing of a HUD Field Office and has, or had (in the case of previously demolished units) housing units under an ACC and in accordance with section 9 of the US Housing Act of 1937. If a PHA had two distinct projects, with different project numbers, under its original ACC, and those projects were combined into a single project number in the Inventory Management System/Public Housing Information Center (IMS/PIC) for the purposes of implementing HUD’s project- based budgeting requirements using Asset Management Project (AMP) numbers, the applicant should use the original project number to identify the public housing project targeted by the application. Applicants should be clear throughout their application as to the project they are targeting.

22. Public Housing Agency. The term “public housing agency” (PHA) has the meaning provided in section 3(b)(6) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C.1437a).

23. Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). A HUD program that allows PHAs to convert public housing to project-based section 8 housing to facilitate additional debt and equity financing. If awarded a Choice Implementation Grant, awardees may use RAD as a replacement housing vehicle. More information on the RAD Program can be found at www.hud.gov/rad.

24. Replacement Housing. Replacement housing is rental housing that will replace demolished, disposed of, or otherwise reduced public or assisted housing. Replacement housing may take the form of public housing or section 8 assisted housing as defined under sections 8 and 9 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f and 42 U.S.C 1437g) or the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. § 4101, et seq.). With regard to section 8 housing, project-based vouchers (section 8(o)(13) of the US Housing Act of 1937) and project-based rental assistance as provided in a RAD conversion are included in this definition. To satisfy the housing replacement requirement through acquisition, the replacement unit must not already be public or assisted housing prior to submitting the application. For example, you cannot acquire a Section 202 funded property that is near the public or assisted housing site targeted in the application for the purposes of deeming that replacement housing.

25. Service Coordination. Service Coordination is a systems-centered approach to coordinating multiple services across agencies within a community, based on the needs of the target resident population, to increase accessibility, utilization, and quality of services and to reduce fragmentation in service delivery systems. Service coordination often requires the negotiation of enhanced services to address unique needs and gaps in available services. Partnership and network building with community-based supportive and social service agencies are critical components of service coordination.

26. Severely Distressed Housing.

a. In accordance with Section 24(j)(2) of the 1937 Act, the term means a public and/or assisted housing project (or building in a project) that:

(1) Requires major redesign, reconstruction, or redevelopment, or partial or total demolition, to correct serious deficiencies in the original design (including inappropriately high population density), deferred maintenance, physical deterioration or obsolescence of major systems, and other deficiencies in the physical plan of the project;

(2) Is a significant contributing factor to the physical decline of, and disinvestment by public and private entities in, the surrounding neighborhood;

(3) Is:

(i) Occupied predominantly by families who are very low-income families with children, have unemployed members, and are dependent on various forms of public assistance;

(ii) Has high rates of vandalism and criminal activity (including drug-related criminal activity) in comparison to other housing in the area; or

(iii) Is lacking in sufficient appropriate transportation, supportive services, economic opportunity, schools, civic and religious institutions, and public services, resulting in severe social distress in the project;

(4) Cannot be revitalized through assistance under other programs, such as the Capital Fund and Operating Fund programs for public housing under the 1937 Act, or the programs under sections 9 or 14 of the 1937 Act (as in effect before the effective date under section 503(a) of the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-276, approved October 21, 1998)), because of cost constraints and inadequacy of available amounts; and

(5) In the case of an individual building that currently forms a portion of the public and/or assisted housing project targeted by the application to this NOFA: (a) Is sufficiently separable from the remainder of the project of which the building is part, such that the revitalization of the building is feasible; or (b) was part of the targeted public and/or assisted housing project that has been legally vacated or demolished, but for which HUD has not yet provided replacement housing assistance (other than tenant-based assistance). “Replacement housing assistance” is defined as funds that have been furnished by HUD to perform major rehabilitation on, or reconstruction of, the public and/or assisted housing that have been legally vacated or demolished.

b. A severely distressed project that has been legally vacated or demolished (but for which HUD has not yet provided replacement housing assistance, other than tenant- based assistance) must have met the definition of physical distress not later than the day the demolition application approval letter was signed by HUD.

27. Supportive Services. The term “supportive services” includes all activities that will promote upward mobility, self-sufficiency, or improved quality of life, including such activities as literacy training, activities that promote early learning and the continuum of educational supports, remedial and continuing education, job training, financial literacy instruction, day care, youth services, aging-in-place, public transportation, physical and mental health services, economic development activities, and other programs for which the community demonstrates need.

28. Transformation Plan. The Transformation Plan is a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy proposed (as presented in the Choice Neighborhoods grant application) to achieve the three core goals of Choice Neighborhoods (Housing, People, Neighborhood). The Transformation Plan is a living document that is expected to change over time. HUD’s approval will be required for revisions to the Transformation Plan.

29. Tribal Entities. Tribal entities means tribes, as defined in Section 4(13) of NAHASDA, and Tribally Designated Housing Entities, as defined in section 4(22) of NAHASDA.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171994

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$145,000,000

Number of Grants:

HUD expects to make approximately 5 awards from the funds available under this NOFA.

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Minimum Award Amount: $1 per project period
-Maximum Award Amount: $30,000,000 per project period

Term of Contract:

All FY2018 Choice Neighborhoods funds (pending approval) must be expended by September 30, 2025.

The estimated project start date is February 28, 2019.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-City or township governments
-Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
-Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
-Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
-Others

Additional Information on Eligibility:

Eligible applicants are Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), local governments, tribal entities, nonprofits, and for-profit developers that apply jointly with a public entity.

Key Eligibility Criteria:

There are three key eligibility criteria for Choice Neighborhoods funding. In addition to the applicant's eligibility, the application must also demonstrate that the proposal targets an eligible housing project and is located in an eligible neighborhood.

1. Eligible Applicants. The Lead Applicant must be a Public Housing Agency (PHA), a local government, or a tribal entity. If there is also a Co-Applicant, it must be a PHA, a local government, a tribal entity, or the owner of the target HUD-assisted housing (e.g. a nonprofit or for-profit developer). The local government of jurisdiction, or tribe for applications that target Indian Housing, must be the Lead Applicant or Co-Applicant. See Sections I.A.4 for definitions of related terms.

a. Troubled Status for PHAs. If a PHA applicant was designated as troubled by HUD pursuant to section 6(j)(2) of the 1937 Act on the most recently released Operational Troubled List, HUD will use documents and information available to it to determine whether that PHA qualifies as an eligible applicant. In accordance with section 24(j) of the 1937 Act, a troubled PHA may still be eligible to apply if it:

(1) Is designated as troubled principally for reasons that will not affect its capacity to carry out a revitalization program;

(2) Is making substantial progress toward eliminating the deficiencies of the agency that resulted in its troubled status;

(3) Has not been found to be in noncompliance with fair housing or other civil rights requirements; or

(4) Is otherwise determined by HUD to be capable of carrying out a revitalization program.

b. Previous Participation Certification for Multifamily Assisted Property Owners. If the Co- Applicant is the owner of the assisted property that is the subject of the Choice Neighborhoods activity grant, the application must include the owner's most recent Previous Participation Certification (form HUD-2530). If the owner has defaulted on a mortgage loan or has less than satisfactory review ratings (physical inspections, management and financial reviews), HUD will use documents and information available to it to determine whether the owner qualifies as an eligible applicant. Approvals of entities that have defaulted or received unsatisfactory review ratings will be subjected to HUD’s Previous Participation clearance review process. Applicants may still be eligible to apply for Choice Neighborhoods funding if HUD deems the applicant to be making substantial progress in addressing the deficiencies related to such default or review rating. This requirement is not applicable to applications that target only public housing or Indian housing.

2. Eligible Target Housing. Each application must focus on the revitalization of at least one severely distressed public and/or assisted housing project. The definition of severely distressed housing from section 24(j)(2) of the 1937 Act is included in section I.A.4 along with definitions of "public housing" and "assisted housing". You must demonstrate in your application that the targeted housing is eligible under this NOFA (i.e. is public and/or assisted housing) and meets the definition of severely distressed. If the targeted project(s) is/are not eligible housing and is/are not severely distressed, your application will not be considered for funding. You must identify the housing project(s) you are targeting on the Key Eligibility Data form included in the attachments section of your application. You must also use the Certification of Severe Physical Distress form (HUD-53232) and include it in the attachments section of your application. The certification must be signed by an engineer or architect licensed by a state licensing board and dated no more than 12 months prior to the application due date. The license does not need to have been issued in the same state as the severely distressed project. The engineer or architect must include his or her license number and state of registration on the certification. The engineer or architect may not be an employee of the Lead Applicant, Co-Applicant (if any), Planning Coordinator (if any), the project’s owner, the public housing authority (if applicable), or a unit of local government in which the housing is located. If this application targets more than one public and/or assisted housing project, each project must meet this definition and be listed on the severe distress certification form.

3. Eligible Neighborhoods. Eligible neighborhoods for Choice Neighborhoods grant funds are neighborhoods:

a. With at least 20 percent of the residents estimated to be in poverty or have extremely low incomes based on the most recent data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau; and

b. That are experiencing distress related to one or both of the following:

(1) high crime; defined as where either the average Part I violent crime rate (measured as Part I Violent Crimes per 1000 persons) over the three years 2015-2017 is at least 1.5 times the per capita Part I violent crime rate (measured as Part I Violent Crimes per 1000 persons) of the city or, where no city data is available, county/parish in which the neighborhood is located over the same time frame; or the average annual rate is greater than 18 crimes per 1000 persons; OR

(2) high vacancy, or for applications targeting Indian Housing, substandard homes; defined as where either the most current rate within the last year of long-term vacant or substandard homes is at least 1.5 times higher than that of the county/parish; or the rate is greater than 4 percent.

c. To demonstrate compliance with this threshold, the following criteria apply:

(1) The definition of “neighborhood” from Section I.A.4 applies. Note: HUD reserves the
right to ask applicants to provide evidence that the target neighborhood boundary is generally accepted. Such evidence might include planning, community development or zoning maps which have been adopted by a public jurisdiction.

(2) For the purposes of establishing neighborhood eligibility and to assign points for certain rating factors, HUD has created a mapping tool that will overlay the locally defined neighborhood boundaries with data associated with that area and estimate the rates of certain indicators in that neighborhood using a proportional allocation methodology. HUD will calculate the poverty rate, extremely low-income rate, and residential vacancy rate for the target area as well as other measures of distress. For example, if census tracts are the smallest statistical boundary for the available data and the locally defined neighborhood is partially within two different census tracts, the poverty rate will be calculated based on the portion of the neighborhood housing units located in each tract. In this example, 80 percent of the housing units in the locally defined neighborhood are in a tract with a poverty rate of 40 percent and 20 percent of the units are in a tract with a poverty rate of 10 percent. The “neighborhood poverty rate” would be calculated as: (80% x 40%) + (20% x 10%) = 34%. You must draw the boundaries of the target neighborhood using the mapping tool posted on the FY2018 NOFA and Funding Information page at www.hud.gov /cn and provide a pdf of your eligible neighborhood, as produced and emailed to the user by the mapping tool, in the attachments section of your application. HUD will not accept additional documentation and will make the final determination on compliance with the threshold.

(3) As applicable, you must provide the data on Part I violent crime (data is described in the rating factor in Section V.A.1.B.2.c) or substandard housing (only for applications that target Indian housing, and data is described in the rating factor in Section V.A.1.B.2.b) for the neighborhood and the city or county as a whole. For applications that target Indian housing, tribal entities do not need to submit the crime documentation.

Ineligible uses of CCI funds include, but are not limited to:
a. Providing programs and services;
b. The commission of plans and studies;
c. Water and sewer line repair or infrastructure; and
d. Street and sidewalk repair, infrastructure or lighting.

Pre-Application Information:

Funding of up to $145,000,000 is available through the NOFA.

Additional funds may become available for award under the NOFA as a result of HUD's efforts to recapture unused funds, use carryover funds, or because of the availability of additional appropriated funds. Use of these funds is subject to statutory constraints. All awards are subject to the applicable funding restrictions contained in this NOFA.

Per the FY2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act, at least $75 million of the total FY2018 Choice Neighborhoods funding must be awarded to applications in which a public housing authority is the Lead Applicant or Co-Applicant. HUD may set aside one grant award for the highest scoring application that targets a multifamily HUD-Assisted Housing property that is receiving project-based rental assistance under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (exclusive of tenant-based or project-based vouchers).

This Program requires cost sharing, matching or leveraging as described below.

Section 24(c)(1)(A) of the 1937 Act (42 U.S.C. 1437v(c)(1)(A)) sets forth a requirement for matching funds for all HOPE VI-related grants, which includes Choice Neighborhoods.

Matching funds in the amount of at least five percent of the requested grant amount in cash or in- kind donations must be secured and used by the end of the grant term. HOPE VI program funding, including HOPE VI Revitalization, HOPE VI Demolition, HOPE VI Neighborhood Networks, HOPE VI Main Street grants, Choice Neighborhoods Implementation, or Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants, may NOT be considered match. Generally other federal sources are only allowed to be used as cost share or match if permitted by a program's authorizing statute.

Grantees will be required to show evidence that matching resources were actually received and used for their intended purposes through quarterly reports as the project proceeds. Sources of matching funds may be substituted after grant award.

Grantees must pursue and enforce any commitment (including commitments for service) obtained from any public or private entity for any contribution or commitment to the project or surrounding area that was part of the match amount.

SAM Registration Requirement: Applicants must be registered with SAM before submitting their application. In addition, applicants must maintain an active SAM registration with current information while they have an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by HUD.

DUNS Number Requirement: Applicants must provide a valid DUNS number, registered and active at SAM, in the application. DUNS numbers may be obtained for free from Dun & Bradstreet.

Requirement to Register with Grants.gov: Anyone planning to submit applications on behalf of an organization must register at Grants.gov and be approved by the EBiz Point of Contact in SAM to submit applications for the organization.

Registration for SAM and Grants.gov is a multi-step process and can take four (4) weeks or longer to complete if data issues arise. Applicants without a valid registration cannot submit an application through Grants.gov.

The application deadline is 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time on 09/17/2018. Applications must be received no later than the deadline.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=FR-6200-N-34

Contact Information:

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

Choice Neighborhoods Program Office:
choiceneighborhoods@hud.gov

CFDA Number:

14.889

Funding or Pin Number:

FR-6200-N-34

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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