Category/Topic
Community Development, Housing
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 redeveloping severely distressed public and/or HUD-assisted housing and catalyzing critical improvements in the neighborhood, including vacant property, housing, businesses, services and schools. This program will support the development of a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy, or “Transformation Plan.” This Transformation Plan becomes the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units, while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood.
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies, Native American Tribes, Nonprofit Organizations
Eligibility Notes
Eligible Applicants are Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), local governments, tribal entities, and nonprofits are eligible to apply. For each type of eligible applicant, the NOFA has specific additional criteria to determine eligibility.

In addition to being an eligible applicant, the application must also demonstrate the proposal targets an eligible housing project located in an eligible neighborhood. Each application must focus on the revitalization of at least one severely distressed public and/or assisted housing project. The definition of severely distressed housing from section 24(j)(2) of the 1937 Act is included in section I.A.4 along with definitions of "public housing" and "assisted housing".

Eligible neighborhoods for Choice Neighborhoods grant funds are neighborhoods:
- with at least 20 percent of the residents estimated to be in poverty or have extremely low incomes based on the most recent data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau; and
- experiencing distress related to at least one of the following: high crime (as defined in the NOFA) or high vacancy or substandard homes (for applications targeting Indian housing).
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Jun 12, 2018
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Apr 10, 2018
Min Award
$1
Max Award
$1,300,000
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
$1,300,000
# of Awards
6
Annual or Multi-Year?
Multi-year
Match Required?
Yes
Match Notes
HUD is required by section 24(c)(1)(A) of the 1937 Act (42 U.S.C. 1437v(c)(1)(A) to include the requirement for matching funds for all grants made under section 24, which includes Choice Neighborhoods. By the end of the grant term, you are required to have matching funds in the amount of five percent of the grant amount in cash or in-kind donations.
Funder
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Total Amount Available for All Grants
$5,000,000
Competition Notes
HUD expects to make approximately 6 awards from the funds available under this NOFA. HUD anticipates awarding 3 Planning and Action Grants not to exceed $1.3 million each and 3 Planning Grants not to exceed $350,000 each. If funds are appropriated by Congress, HUD may, at its discretion, use FY2019 Choice Neighborhoods funding to make additional awards under the NOFA.

The term of a Planning and Action Grant is 3 1/2 years from the date of the Grant Agreement execution. The term of a Planning Grant is 2 years from the date of the Grant Agreement execution.

Additional funds may become available for award under this NOFA as a result of HUD's efforts to recapture unused funds, use carryover funds, or because of the availability of additional appropriated funds. Use of these funds is subject to statutory constraints. All awards are subject to the applicable funding restrictions contained in this NOFA.
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