Category/Topic
Community Development
State or Federal?
Federal
Summary
The Choice Neighborhoods program leverages significant public and private dollars to support locally driven strategies that address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Local leaders, residents, and stakeholders, such as public housing authorities, cities, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits, and private developers, come together to create and implement a plan that revitalizes distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood. The program helps communities transform neighborhoods by revitalizing severely distressed public and/or assisted housing and catalyzing critical improvements in the neighborhood, including vacant property, housing, businesses, services and schools.

To this end, Choice Neighborhoods is focused on three core goals:
1. Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood;
2. People: Improve outcomes of households living in the target housing related to employment and income, health, and children’s education; and
3. Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community.
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies, Native American Tribes, Nonprofit Organizations, Private Corporations, State Government
Eligibility Notes
The Lead Applicant must be a Public Housing Agency (PHA), a local government, or a tribal entity. If there is a Co-Applicant, it must be a PHA, a local government, a tribal entity, or the owner of the target HUD-assisted housing. The local government of jurisdiction, or tribe for applications that target Indian Housing, must be the Lead Applicant or Co-Applicant.

Eligible neighborhoods are those with:
- A minimum of 20% of residents estimated to be in poverty or have extremely low incomes; and
- Experiencing high crime and/or high vacancy.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Sep 17, 2018
Most Recent RFP Release Date
May 18, 2018
Min Award
$1
Max Award
$30,000,000
# of Awards
5
Annual or Multi-Year?
Annual
Match Required?
Yes
Match Notes
Matching funds must be at least 5% of the requested grant amount. Match or cost-share must be in cash or in-kind donations secured and used by the end of the grant term.
Funder
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Total Amount Available for All Grants
$145,000,000
Competition Notes
Per the FY2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act, at least $75 million of the Choice Neighborhoods funding must be awarded to applications in which a public housing authority is the Lead Applicant or Co-Applicant. HUD may set aside one grant award for the highest scoring application that targets a multifamily HUD-Assisted Housing property that is receiving project-based rental assistance under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (exclusive of tenant-based or project-based vouchers). The maximum grant amount is $30 million. At the Department's discretion and subject to appropriations, HUD may use FY2019 Choice Neighborhoods funding to make Implementation Grant awards under this NOFA. Tenant Protection Voucher assistance for purposes in association with the Implementation Grants will be in addition to the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant.
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