Healthy Homes Demonstration Grants (Recovery Act Funded)

The purpose of the Healthy Homes Demonstration Program is to develop, demonstrate, and promote cost-effective, preventive measures to correct multiple safety and health hazards that produce serious disease in children and other sensitive subgroups such as the elderly, with a particular focus on low-income
households.

The Healthy Homes Demonstration program is committed to supporting the Departmental Strategic Goal of strengthening communities by addressing housing conditions that threaten health.

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, specifically target job creation and job retention including and involving sub-recipients from the private sector, and grassroots community-based nonprofit organizations, including faith-based organizations.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: The New England Asthma Regional Council promotes the adoption of the Asthma Regional Council (ARC) Guidelines for incorporating healthy housing practices in new construction and rehabilitation projects.

Training is being provided to 200 code inspectors, 100 affordable housing professionals, and 70 residents.

Neighborhood House, in Seattle, in collaboration with public and private partners, will adopt a holistic approach to construct 35 asthma-safe homes through the HOPE VI projects of the Seattle Housing Authority.

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available


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

Fiscal Year 2008: Healthy Homes Demonstration Program activities have included hazard assessment and mitigation projects, national and local public education efforts, and housing-related hazard awareness training for health care and day care professionals, environmental specialists, peer educators and hazard remediation workers. Through two grants specifically targeting mold and moisture control in inner city housing, a visual assessment protocol, with linkages to work specifications, was developed. One education grant developed and launched a web-based "E-house" that enabled parents to "walk from room to room" identifying household pollutants, pathways of exposure and finding alternative products and services for minimizing potential health risks. Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

For Fiscal Year 2008, potential applicants consulted the NOFA for available grant funding, particular requirements and restrictions, and application due dates.

Applicants submitted their electronic application through http://www.grants.gov.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Health/Medical.

Local (includes State-designated lndian Tribes, excludes institutions of higher education and hospitals: Health/Medical.

Profit organization: Health/Medical.

Private nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Health/Medical.

Native American Organizations (includes lndian groups, cooperatives, corporations, partnerships, associations): Health/Medical.

Federal: Higher Education (includes Research)

Beneficiary Eligibility

Homeowner

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State, local and Federally-recognized Indian Tribal governments and specific requirements of 24 CFR Part 85. Costs will be determined for nonprofit and educational institutions in accordance with OMB Circulars No. A-122 and No. A-21, respectively, and in accordance with the requirements of 24 CFR Part 84. . OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. The competitive Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA) for fiscal year 2008 Healthy Homes Demonstration Grants provides information about the application procedure. All grants had to be submitted electronically, via www.grants.gov, unless a waiver from electronic submission was received. Copies of the NOFA and required forms can be obtained at Grants.gov. Other relevant information can be found at HUD"s website, www.hud.gov, or the Office"s website, www.hud.gov/offices/lead. For questions related to the application process, E-mail: Support@grants.gov, call grants.gov at (800) 518-GRANTS or via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at (1-800) 877-8339.

Award Procedures

HUD"s review and awarding procedures are explained in the NOFA.

Deadlines

May 12, 2008 to Jul 17, 2008 To be considered for funding, the application had to be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov no later than 11:59:59 p.m. on July 17, 2008, the date and time specified in the 2008 NOFA. Applications for waivers from the electronic submission h.

Authorization

Sections 501 and 502 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970; Public Law 110-161; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Healthy Homes Demonstration grants are awarded for a period of performance up to 36 months from the effective date of award. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Progress reports are required quarterly, to cover such performance measures as the numbers of housing units assessed for hazards, units where hazards were controlled, people trained in assessing and/or controlling these hazards, people reached through outreach events, as well as the expenditure of funds, status of the environmental review process, jobs created and retained, and additional quantitative and narrative information that helps the Office assess grantee performance against grant benchmarks and other grant requirements, and make recommendations for improvements when appropriate.

Quarterly financial management and performance reports and benchmark standards are required.

Quarterly financial management and performance reports and benchmark standards are required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133.

Records

For State, local and Federally-recognized Indian Tribal governments, as required by OMB Circular A-102, As required by OMB Circular A-102, , "Grants and Cooperative Agreements With State and Local Governments" For nonprofit and educational institutions, as required by OMB Circular A-110, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations.".

Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0177-0-1-451 - 86-0177 2009/2011.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $17,167,142; FY 10 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, an estimated 20 Healthy Homes Demonstration grants, ranging up to a maximum of $875,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The Notice of Funding Availability is available at Grants.gov; all necessary information is provided; no other regulations pertain. For Healthy Homes Demonstration Program Cooperative Agreements, there is some change in the content and direction of the NOFA that is issued each year, dependent on General Section format, Congressional direction, changes in emphasis among priorities, and improvements based on experience with prior NOFAs.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Suzanne Gaynor Office of Lead Hazard Control, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, S.W., Room 8236, Washington 20410 Email: POC@DHS.gov Phone: (202) 402-7689,

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

For American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 grants, HUD used the technical and financial selection criteria listed in the Fiscal Year 2008 Healthy Homes Demonstration NOFA.



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