Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program

To facilitate and encourage innovative homeownership opportunities through the provision of self-help housing where the homebuyer contributes a significant amount of sweat equity toward the construction of the dwellings.

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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.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

1,999 units were completed in FY 2007 and over 2,500 units are under development.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Eligible expenses for program funds are land acquisition and infrastructure improvements, which taken together may not exceed an average of $15,000 in assistance per dwelling.

Additionally, up to 20 percent of the grant amount may be used for administrative costs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Funds are awarded competitively to national or regional nonprofit organizations or consortia that have experience in providing self-help housing homeownership opportunities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Eligible homebuyers are low-income families who are otherwise unable to afford to purchase a dwelling, and who provide significant amounts of sweat equity or volunteer labor to the development of the dwellings.


This program is subject to the provisions of 24 CFR part 84 for nonprofit organizations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Application Procedure: Applications may be submitted electronically in response to the annual publication of the SHOP NOFA in the Federal Register. The General Section of the SuperNOFA and SHOP NOFA detail the submission requirements.

Award Procedures

Based upon the requirements published in the Federal Register SuperNOFA, respondents are notified of acceptance or rejection.


Please contact program office for application deadline.


Housing Opportunity Extension Act of 1996, Section 11, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Leveraging of other public and/or private resources and homebuyer sweat equity and volunteer labor are required to complete housing construction.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is released on an as-needed basis over a 24-month period. For affiliates that develop 5 or more dwellings units, up to a 36-month period.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly and annual progress reports and final close-out reports.


The audit requirements in 24 CFR part 45 (implementing OMB Circular No. A-133) apply. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit 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.


All records applicable to the program must be kept for three years following close-out.

Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0176-0-1-604; 86-0162-0-1-451.


(Grants) FY 07 $19,800,000; FY 08 est $26,500,000; and FY 09 est $40,000,000 (NOTE: Amounts reported reflect allocation of new budget authority rather than obligation amounts.)

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Four grants were awarded in FY 2007. They ranged from $2,241,245 to $8,404,670. The average grant was $4,699,260.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The statute and SHOP NOFA constitute the regulations.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Lou Thompson, Office of Affordable Housing Programs, Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 708-2684. E-mail:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are reviewed according to the rating factor requirements set forth in the SHOP NOFA and SuperNOFA.

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