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.
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.
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.
Uses and Use Restrictions
This program focuses on demonstration projects that implement housing assessment, maintenance, renovation and construction techniques to identify and correct housing-related illness and injury risk factors; they may also include outreach and education activities.
Applicants must expend at least 65% of project funds on remediation, be specific as to the locations they are targeting their intervention activities to occur, the residents, individuals or groups targeted to receive interventions, and the organizations targeted to continue to operate effective intervention strategies over the life of the award and thereafter.
Eligible applicants include: not-for-profit institutions, and for-profit firms located in the U.S, State and local governments, Federally-recognized Native Indian Tribes and colleges and universities.
For-profit firms are not allowed to make profit from the project.
Individuals are not eligible to apply.
Healthy Homes Demonstration grants are intended to serve a broad array of beneficiaries including homeowners, rental property owners, and public housing residents.
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.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
The competitive Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA) for fiscal year 2008 Healthy Homes Demonstration Grants provides information about the application procedure. All grants must be submitted electronically, via www.grants.gov, unless a waiver from electronic submission is 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.
HUD's review and awarding procedures are explained in the NOFA.
To be considered for funding, the application should 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 must be submitted as specified in the General Section. Announcements regarding availability of funding were published in the Federal Register on May 12, 2008.
Sections 501 and 502 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970; Consolidated Appropriations Act 2008, Public Law 110-161.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Formula and Matching 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. HUD reserves the right to approve no cost time extensions. Payment is on a cost-reimbursable basis.
Post Assistance Requirements
Quarterly financial management and performance reports and benchmark standards are required.
In accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133.
For State, local and Federally-recognized Indian Tribal governments, as required by OMB Circular A-110, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State, Local, and Federally-recognized Indian Tribal 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."
(Grants) FY 07 $4,897,000; FY 08 est $4,375,000: and FY 09 est $5,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
HUD will make about $5,000,000 available in FY 2006 funds for the Healthy Homes.
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 Program Cooperative Agreements, there is some change in the content and direction of the NOFA that is issued each year, dependent on SuperNOFA format, Congressional direction, changes in emphasis among priorities, and improvements based on experience with prior NOFAs.
Regional or Local Office
Dr. Suzanne Gaynor, Office of Lead Hazard Control, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, S.W., Room P-3206, Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 402-7689 (this is not a toll-free number). If you are a hearing- or speech-impaired person, you may reach the above telephone number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at (1-800) 877-8339.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
For Fiscal Year 2008 HUD will use the technical and financial selection criteria listed in the NOFA.
Morgan Simon, Pi Investments and Transform Finance, explains the concept of impact investment that supports economic and community development. Simon notes that this concept, while gaining attention from varying financial contenders, is an exciting, but potentially problematic trend seen over the last decade.