Public Housing Neighborhood Networks Grants

To provide Public Housing Authorities with funding to create community technology centers which provide Internet access, job training, and other supportive services to residents of public housing.



Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.



Program Accomplishments

Though there have been no Congressional appropriations for the Public Housing Neighborhood Networks Program since FY 2006, in November, 2007, a NOFA was made available for the last bit of roll-over funds available for this program. Awards to be made by FY end 2008.

Uses and Use Restrictions

A grant provided under the Public Housing Neighborhood Networks program may only be used for the purposes of creating a new Neighborhood Networks center or expanding an existing center.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Only Public Housing Authorities may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Residents of public housing are the only eligible beneficiaries.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants must provide evidence with their application submission that they are eligible and qualified to run the grant program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

A Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is issued on an annual basis. The NOFA outlines application procedures, application deadlines, and funding available.

Award Procedures

HUD reviews all applications received for eligibility, threshold requirements, and rating and ranking criteria. Once the review process is completed, award notifications are sent to applicants.

Deadlines

The NOFA provides this information.

Authorization

Section 9(d)(1)(E) of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The application review process can last a few months.

Appeals

There is no appeals process. Applicants whose applications did not receive funding may request a debriefing. Further information is included in the NOFA.

Renewals

Applicants may not renew an existing grant. However, applicants may apply each year for new funding.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Applicants are required to demonstrate a firmly committed 25 percent match of cash or in-kind donations.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The grant lasts for a period of three years.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Grantees are required to submit semi-annual performance and financial reports to their local HUD field offices.

Audits

An audit at the end of the grant term may be required.

Records

HUD field offices retain copies of grantees' performance and financial reporting submissions. Grantees should retain all grant-related documentation for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0304-0-1-604.

Obigations

FY 07 $0; FY 08 est $0; and FY 09 est $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

24 CFR Parts 85, 905, and 968; and the Neighborhood Networks NOFA.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Ron Ashford, Director, HOPE VI Community and Supportive Services. Telephone: (202) 401-8812 x4258.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The criteria for selecting proposals are announced in the NOFA.



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