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Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification (VHRM) Pilot Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Adaptive Housing
Modifications for Veterans with Disabilities

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Community Planning and Development

Deadline Date:

06/25/18 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to modify or rehabilitate the primary residence of low-income veterans who are living with disabilities. Applicants should create or verify the required registrations in advance of the deadline. The purpose of this program is to meet the needs of veterans who require adaptive housing to maintain or regain their independence.

A number of America’s veterans who are low-income and living with disabilities are in need of adaptive housing to help them regain or maintain their independence, are unable to fund significant home repairs, or are burdened by utility costs. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, HUD intends to use the VHRM pilot to test a new approach to addressing these challenges in accordance with section 1079 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Pub. L. 113-291, enacted December 19, 2014). The VHRM pilot will award competitive grants to nonprofit organizations that provide nationwide or statewide programs that primarily serve veterans or low-income individuals. The grants may be used to modify or rehabilitate eligible veterans’ primary residences or to provide grantees’ affiliates with technical, administrative, and training support in connection with those services.

Today's publication establishes the funding criteria for the FY 2018 Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification (VHRM) pilot program. The Consolidated Appropriations Acts of 2016 (Public Law 114-13), 2017 (Public Law 115-31), and 2018 (Public Law 115-141) appropriated a total of $13.7 million in VHRM funds. HUD will award these funds to nonprofit organizations to rehabilitate and/or modify the primary residence of veterans who are low-income and living with disabilities.

Eligible Activities:

The VHRM program encompasses a range of eligible modification and rehabilitation activities, which allows for broad flexibility in the design of particular proposals to implement the program. Applicants need not address all of the eligible activities, but may propose a combination of activities if desired. Proposed activities should relate to identified needs among the eligible population to which the applicant proposes to target assistance.

Further, the activities included in an applicant’s proposed program design should address needs that are not already met by existing programs, while maximizing coordination with other existing programs as applicable (to the extent that such coordination would be beneficial to the implementing organizations and participants being served).

The following are eligible activities under the VHRM program:

(A) Modification and rehabilitation of the primary residence of an eligible veteran, which may include –

(i) Making physical modifications, such as installing wheelchair ramps, widening exterior and interior doors, reconfiguring and re-equipping bathrooms (which includes installing new fixtures and grab bars), removing doorway thresholds, installing special lighting, adding additional electrical outlets and electrical service, installing appropriate floor coverings, lowering countertops and cabinets, or taking other measures to –

a) Accommodate the functional limitations that result from having a disability, including not only motor impairment but also visual and hearing disabilities, and cognitive or psychological disabilities such as Traumatic Brain Injury or Post- Traumatic Stress; or

b) If the residence does not have modifications necessary to reduce the chances that an 8 of 29 elderly person who is not living with a disability will fall in his or her home, reduce the risks of an elderly person from falling; or

(ii) Making physical modifications, such as adding a bedroom or bathroom, to allow the veteran’s caregiver(s), which may include the parent(s) or other family member(s) of the veteran, to live with the veteran, if the veteran’s disability prevents the veteran from living independently;

(iii) Rehabilitating the residence that is in a state of interior or exterior disrepair, including remedying identified safety hazards or ensuring adequate safety features (such as fire prevention);

(iv) Installing energy efficient features or equipment (i.e., features or equipment that help reduce the amount of electricity used to heat, cool, or ventilate the residence, including insulation, weather-stripping, air sealing, heating system repairs, duct sealing, Energy Star appliances, or other measures) if

a) An eligible veteran's monthly utility costs for the residence is more than five percent of such veteran's monthly income; and

b) An energy audit of the residence indicates that the installation of energy efficient features or equipment will reduce the costs by 10 percent or more; and

(v) Carrying out other modification and rehabilitation activities to address the adaptive housing needs of the eligible veteran, if adequately justified and approved by HUD.

(B) Provision of technical, administrative, and training support to an affiliate of a recipient in connection with modification and rehabilitation services provided under VHRM.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183737

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$13,700,000

Number of Grants:

HUD expects to make approximately 14 awards from the funds available under this NOFA.

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Minimum Award Amount: $700,000 Per Project Period
-Maximum Award Amount: $1,000,000 Per Project Period

Term of Contract:

Recipients will have 36 months from the date of the executed grant agreement to complete all project activities. The project period will include three 12-month budget periods.

The estimated project start date is September 29, 2018. The estimated project end date is September 28, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants for the VHRM program are nonprofit organizations that provide nationwide or statewide programs that primarily serve veterans or low-income individuals. Nonprofit organizations are limited to those described in section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and are exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code.

Pre-Application Information:

This Program requires cost sharing, matching or leveraging.

Recipients will be required to provide matching funds and/or in-kind contributions as provided under section 1079(b)(6) of the Program Statute. Specifically, each recipient shall contribute towards the housing modification and rehabilitation services provided to eligible veterans an amount equal to not less than 50 percent of the grant award received. In order to meet the requirement, recipients may arrange for in-kind contributions. Matching funds and in-kind contributions must meet the requirements of 2 CFR 200.306.

Opening Date: April 19, 2018
Application Deadline Date: June 25, 2018

Applications will be submitted via Grants.gov.

Registration with Sam.gov is required for submission of applications via Grants.gov. Applicants must be able to provide a valid DUNS number.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=FR-6200-N-39

Contact Information:

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

Direct questions to:

Sylvia Purvis, c/o Jackie L. Wiliams
1-877-787-2526
jackie.williams@hud.gov

CFDA Number:

14.278

Funding or Pin Number:

FR-6200-N-39

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