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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.
5,235 applications were received for the Supportive Housing Program as of the end of fiscal year 2007. 4,964 project applications received conditional grant awards.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Eight types of assistance may be provided for Supportive Housing: acquisition of structures for use as supportive housing or in providing supportive services; rehabilitation of structures for use as supportive housing or in providing supportive services; new construction of buildings for use as supportive housing under limited circumstances; leasing of structures for use as supportive housing or in providing supportive services; operating costs of supportive housing; costs of providing supportive services to homeless persons; costs of implementing and operating management information systems; and administrative costs not to exceed five percent of the SHP grant.
States, local governments, other governmental entities, private nonprofit organizations, and community mental health associations that are public nonprofit organizations.
Homeless individuals and families with children.
Private nonprofit entities must establish eligibility based on documentation showing they have tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; are a certified United Way Agency; or have a voluntary board and a functioning accounting system.
Aplication and Award Process
An environmental assessment is required for this program.
Any application that HUD determines would have a significant adverse impact on the human environment would not be eligible for funding.
All components of this program are excluded from coverage under E.O.
One application package prescribing the specific information that applicants must submit is available. The standard application forms as furnished by HUD must be used for this program. Any proposed project under this program must be consistent with the applicable HUD-approved Consolidated Plan and must be permissible under applicable zoning ordinances and regulations.
HUD reviews applications, rates and ranks those meeting threshold requirements, and prepares a Grant Agreement for those applications selected.
A Notice of Fund Availability announces deadlines for completed applications and time frames for HUD selections.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, Title IV, Subtitle C, as amended.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Processing of applications will take place in HUD Field Offices and at HUD Headquarters, and selection of successful applicants will take place at HUD Headquarters. HUD will make its final selections and obligate funds as soon as the applications can be processed.
Applicants may appeal funding decision if they believe a HUD error has occurred.
Information on renewals is contained in the Notice of Fund Availability and the application package.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Recipients must match grants for acquisition, rehabilitation, and new construction, with an equal amount of funds from other sources. Recipients must also provide a cash match for support services and operations. The Supportive Housing Program will pay no more than 80 percent of total support service costs, 75 percent of total operating costs or 80 percent of total HMIS costs.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants may be made available for up to 3 years for leasing, operating, supportive services and HMIS costs.
Post Assistance Requirements
Each recipient must keep any records and make any reports as specified by HUD.
The financial management systems used by governmental entities that are recipients under this program must provide for audits in accordance with 24 CFR 45. Private nonprofit entity recipients are subject to the audit requirements of 24 CFR 44. Both 24 CFR Part 44 and 45 stipulate that grant recipients and their subgrantees provide audits in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133. HUD may perform further and additional audits as it finds necessary or appropriate. 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 the year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Each recipient must agree to participate in an evaluation of the program, and to keep any records and make any reports that HUD may require for the purpose of reporting to Congress on the cost of the program and the social, financial, and other advantages of supportive housing components as a means of assisting homeless persons.
(Grants) FY 07 $951,924,000; FY 08 est $1,059,172,000 and FY 09 est $1,096,317,000. (NOTE: Amounts reported reflect allocation of new budget authority rather than obligation amounts.)
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
HUD imposes the following limitations: (1) Acquisition and/or rehabilitation construction grants for the Supportive Housing Program may not exceed 200,000 (up to $400,000 in high cost areas); new construction may not exceed $400,000; (2) funding of up to 75 percent for operating costs; (3) funding of up to 80 percent for supportive services and HMIS costs; and (4) the program provides grants for leasing costs for up to 3 years.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
24 CFR 583 published in the Federal Register. Other program information is available from Community Connections at (1-800) 998-9999.
Regional or Local Office
Designated contact person for the Supportive Housing Program in HUD Field Offices with a Community Planning and Development Division.
Robyn Raysor, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs, Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Room 7266, 451 7th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 708-4300. Use the same number for FTS. E-mail: Robyn.S.Raysor@hud.gov.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Criteria for selecting applications for assistance are defined in a Notice of Funding Availability in the Federal Register.
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