Healthy Homes Technical Studies Grants (Recovery Act Funded)

To fund technical studies to improve methods for detecting and controlling housing-related health and safety hazards.

The purpose of the Healthy Homes Technical Studies program is to improve our knowledge of housing-related health hazards, and to improve or develop new hazard assessment and control
methods.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: Studies to design and field test methods of insulating walls that could be installed to permanently eliminate moisture and mold conditions in walls cost-effectively; laboratory testing of different vacuum protocols to collect dust samples for allergen analyses; and improving the assessment of mold exposure in an ongoing cohort study of factors associated with asthma development in young children.

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 Technical Studies grants have resulted in, for example, low cost interventions to reduce moisture intrusion and associated mold problems in urban homes and documenting an improvement in the symptoms of asthmatic children following such interventions; developing improved methods for controlling cockroaches and cleaning cockroach allergen, the development of a scoring system for injury hazards in homes. 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 General Section of the NOFA for available grant funding, particular requirements and restrictions, and application due dates.

The applications for this NOFA can be found at www.grants.gov.

The application is an electronic application.

You must be registered at www.grants.gov to submit your application.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Private nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Business/Commerce; Higher Education (includes Research).

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

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

Native American Organizations (includes lndian groups, cooperatives, corporations, partnerships, associations): Housing

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 Technical Studies Grants provided 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 (800) 877-8339.

Award Procedures

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

Deadlines

May 12, 2008 to Jul 03, 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 3, 2008, the date and time specified in the 2008 NOFA. Applications for waivers from the electronic submission had to be submitted as specified in the General Section. Announcements regarding availability of funding were published in the Federal Register on May 12, 2008.

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

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Healthy Homes Technical Studies grants are awarded up to 36 months after the 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 are required.

Quarterly financial management and performance reports 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

As required by OMB Circular A-102, "Grants and Cooperative Agreements With State and Local Governments" or 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 $1,766,552; FY 10 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, two Healthy Homes Technical Studies grants will be awarded totaling $1,766,552.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The Notice of Funding Availability is self-contained; all necessary information is provided; no other regulations pertain.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Peter J. Ashley Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, 451 Seventh Street, SW, Room 8236, Washington 20410 Email: Peter.J.Ashley@hud.gov Phone: (202) 402-7595,

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 Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program NOFA.



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