FY 1998 SuperNOFA
SuperNOFA 1: Housing and Community Development Programs
DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Billing Code 4210-32P
[Docket No. FR-4340-N-01]
Super Notice of Funding Availability (SuperNOFA)
for Housing and Community Development Programs
AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HUD.
ACTION: Super Notice of Funding Availability (SuperNOFA) for Housing and Community Development Programs.
SUMMARY: This Super NOFA of Funding Availability (SuperNOFA) announces the availability of approximately $1,247,906,870 in HUD program funds covering nineteen (19) Housing and Community Development Programs operated and managed by the following HUD Offices: Community Planning and Development (CPD), Public and Indian Housing (PIH), Housing, Policy Development and Research (PD&R), Office of Lead Hazard Control, and Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO). The General Section of this SuperNOFA contains the procedures and requirements applicable to all 19 programs. The applications for funding for these programs have been consolidated into 6 applications. The Programs Section of this SuperNOFA contains a description of the specific programs for which funding is made available under this SuperNOFA and additional procedures and requirements that are applicable to each.
APPLICATION DUE DATES: The information contained in this "APPLICATION DUE DATES" section applies to all programs contained in this SuperNOFA. Completed applications must be submitted to HUD no later than the deadline established for the program for which you are seeking funding. Applications may not be sent by facsimile (FAX). See the Program Chart for specific application due dates.
ADDRESSES AND APPLICATION SUBMISSION PROCEDURES: Addresses. Completed applications must be submitted to the location specified in the Programs Section of this SuperNOFA. When submitting your application, please refer to the program name for which you are seeking funding.
For Applications to HUD Headquarters. Applications to be submitted to HUD Headquarters are due at: Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW, Room _______ (See Program Chart or Programs Section for room location), Washington DC 20410.
For Applications to HUD Field Offices. For those programs for which applications are due to the HUD Field Offices, please see the Programs Section for the exact locations for submission.
Applications Procedures. Mailed Applications. Applications will be considered timely filed if postmarked on or before 12:00 midnight on the application due date and received by the designated HUD Office on or within ten (10) days of the application due date.
Applications Sent by Overnight/Express Mail Delivery. Applications sent by overnight delivery or express mail will be considered timely filed if received before or on the application due date, or upon submission of documentary evidence that they were placed in transit with the overnight delivery service by no later than the specified application due date.
Hand Carried Applications. For applications submitted to HUD Headquarters, hand carried applications delivered before and on the application due date must be brought to the specified location and room number between the hours of 8:45 am to 5:15 pm, Eastern time. Applications hand carried on the application due date will be accepted in the South Lobby of the HUD Headquarters Building at the above address from 5:15 pm until 12:00 midnight, local time. Applications due to HUD Field Office locations must be delivered to the appropriate HUD Field Office in accordance with the instructions specified in the Programs Section of the SuperNOFA.
For applications submitted to the HUD Field Offices, hand carried applications will be accepted during normal business hours before the application due date. On the application due date, business hours will be extended to 6:00 pm. (Please see the Appendix A to this SuperNOFA listing the hours of operations for the HUD Field Offices.)
COPIES OF APPLICATIONS TO HUD OFFICES. The Programs Section of this SuperNOFA may specify that to facilitate processing and review of your submission a copy of the application also be sent to an additional HUD location (for example, a copy to the HUD Field Office if the original application is to be submitted to HUD Headquarters, or a copy to HUD Headquarters, if the original application is to be submitted to a HUD Field Office). Please follow the requirements of the Programs Section to ensure that you submit your application to the proper location. HUD requests additional copies in order to expeditiously review your application and appreciates your assistance in providing the copies. Please note that for those applications for which copies are being submitted to the Field Offices and HUD Headquarters, timeliness of submission will be based on the time the application is received at HUD Headquarters.
FOR APPLICATION KITS, FURTHER INFORMATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: The information contained in this section is applicable to all programs contained in this SuperNOFA.
For Application Kits and SuperNOFA User Guide. HUD is pleased to provide you with application kits and/or a guidebook to all HUD programs. When requesting an application kit, please refer to the program name of the application kit you are interested in receiving. Please be sure to provide your name, address (including zip code), and telephone number (including area code).
Requests for application kits should be made immediately to ensure sufficient time for application preparation. We will distribute application kits as soon as they become available.
The SuperNOFA Information Center (1-800-HUD-8929) can provide you with assistance, application kits, and guidance in determining which HUD Office(s) should receive a copy of your application.
Consolidated Application Submissions. Where an applicant can apply for funding under more than one program in this SuperNOFA, the applicant need only submit one originally signed SF-424 and one set of original signatures for the other required assurances and certifications, accompanied by the matrix contained in each application kit. As long as the applicant submits one originally signed set of these documents with an application, only copies of these documents may be submitted with any additional application submitted by the applicant.
For Further Information. For answers to your questions about this SuperNOFA, you have several options. You may call the HUD Office or Processing Center serving your area at the telephone number listed in your program area section to this SuperNOFA, or you may contact the SuperNOFA Information Center at 1-800-HUD-8929. Persons with hearing or speech impairment may call the Center's TTY number at 1-800-483-2209. Information on this SuperNOFA also may be obtained through the HUD web site on the Internet at http://www.hud.gov.
For Technical Assistance. Before the application due date, HUD staff will be available to provide general guidance and technical assistance about this SuperNOFA. Current law does not permit HUD staff to assist in preparing the application. Following selection of applicants, but prior to award, HUD staff will be available to assist in clarifying or confirming information that is a prerequisite to the offer of an award or Annual Contributions Contract (ACC) by HUD.
INTRODUCTION TO THE SUPERNOFA PROCESS
To further HUD's objective, under the direction of Secretary Andrew Cuomo, of improving customer service and providing the necessary tools for revitalizing communities and improving the lives of people within those communities, HUD will publish three SuperNOFAs in 1998, which coordinate program funding for 39 programs and cut across traditional program lines.
(1) The first is this SuperNOFA and consolidated application process for Housing and Community Development Programs, published in today's Federal Register, covering 19 Housing and Community Development Programs.
(2) The second is the SuperNOFA and consolidated application process for Economic Development and Empowerment Programs. This second SuperNOFA includes funding for the following programs and initiatives: Brownfields; Youthbuild; Economic Development Initiative; Neighborhood Initiatives; Tenant Opportunity Program, Economic Development and Supportive Services; and the Section 8 Family Self-Sufficiency Service Coordinators.
(3) The third is the SuperNOFA and consolidated application process for Targeted Housing and Homeless Assistance Programs. This third SuperNOFA includes the following programs and initiatives: Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids; Continuum of Care Assistance; Section 202 Elderly Housing; Section 811 Disabled Housing; Service Coordinators; Section 8 Designated Housing; Section 8 Mainstream Housing Opportunities; Family Unification; and Elderly Housing Revitalization.
All three SuperNOFAs and consolidated applications, to the greatest extent possible, given statutory, regulatory and program policy distinctions, will have one set of rules that, together, offer a "menu" of approximately 39 programs. From this menu, communities will be made aware of funding available for their jurisdictions. Nonprofits, public housing agencies, local and State governments, tribal governments and tribally designated housing entities, veterans service organizations, faith-based organizations and others will be able to identify the programs for which they are eligible for funding. HUD is anticipating publishing all three SuperNOFAs before May 1, 1998.
The National Competition NOFA. In addition to the three SuperNOFAs, HUD also will publish a single NOFA for three national competitions: the Fair Housing Initiatives Program National Competition; the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control National Competition; and the Housing Counseling National Competition. HUD also anticipates publishing this national competition NOFA before May 1, 1998.
The Housing and Community Development SuperNOFA. This first SuperNOFA announces the availability of approximately $1,247,906,870 in HUD program funds covering nineteen (19) Housing and Community Development Programs operated and managed by the following HUD Offices: Community Planning and Development (CPD), Public and Indian Housing (PIH), Housing, Policy Development and Research (PD&R), Office of Lead Hazard Control, and Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO).
Assisting Communities to Make Better Use of Available Resources. This first SuperNOFA represents a marked departure from, and HUD believes a significant improvement over, HUD's past approach to the funding process. In the past, HUD has issued as many as 40 separate NOFAs, all with widely varying rules and application processing requirements. This individual program approach to funding, with NOFAs published at various times throughout the fiscal year, did not encourage and, at times, unintentionally impeded local efforts directed at comprehensive planning and development of comprehensive local solutions. Additionally, the old approach seemed to require communities to respond to HUD's needs rather than HUD responding to local needs. Secretary Cuomo brings to the leadership of HUD the experience of successfully implementing a consolidated planning process in HUD's community development programs. As Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, Secretary Cuomo consolidated the planning, application, and reporting requirements of several community development programs. The Consolidated Plan rule, published in 1995, established a renewed partnership among HUD, State, and local governments, public and private agencies, tribal governments, and the general citizenry by empowering field staff to work with other entities in fashioning creative solutions to community problems.
The SuperNOFA approach builds upon Consolidated Planning implemented by the Secretary Cuomo in HUD's community development programs, and also reflects the Secretary's organizational changes for HUD, as described in the Secretary's management reform plan. On June 26, 1997, Secretary Cuomo released the HUD 2020 Management Reform Plan, which provides for significant management reforms at HUD. This plan calls for significant consolidation of like programs to maximize efficiency and dramatically improve customer service. The plan also calls for HUD to improve customer service by adopting a principle of "menus not mandates."
By announcing the funding of these nineteen programs in one NOFA, HUD hopes to assist communities in making better use of available resources to address their needs and the needs of those living within the communities in a holistic and effective fashion. These funds are available for eligible applicants to support individual program objectives, as well as cross-cutting and coordinated approaches to improving the overall effective use of available HUD program funds.
To date, HUD has been consolidating and simplifying the submission requirements of many of its formula grant and discretionary grant programs to offer local communities a better opportunity to shape available resources into effective and coordinated neighborhood housing and community development strategies that will help revitalize and strengthen their communities, physically, socially and economically. To complement this overall consolidation and simplification effort, HUD designed this process to increase the ability of applicants to consider and apply for funding under a wide variety of HUD programs in response to a single NOFA. Everyone interested in HUD's housing and community development assistance programs can benefit from having this information made available in one NOFA.
Coordination, Flexibility, and Simplicity in the HUD Funding Process. This SuperNOFA places heavy emphasis on the coordination of activities to provide (1) greater flexibility and responsiveness in meeting local housing and community development needs, and (2) greater flexibility to eligible applicants to determine what HUD program resources best fit the community's needs, as identified in local Consolidated Plans and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice ("Analysis of Impediments" (AI)).
This SuperNOFA will simplify the application process; promote effective and coordinated use of program funds in communities; reduce duplication in the delivery of services and housing and community development programs; allow interested applicants to seek to deliver a wider, more integrated array of services; and improve the system for potential grantees to be aware of, and compete for program funds.
HUD encourages applicants to work together to coordinate and, to the maximum extent possible, join their activities to form a seamless and comprehensive program of assistance to meet identified needs in their communities, and address barriers to fair housing and equal opportunity that have been identified in the community's Consolidated Plan and Analysis of Impediments in the geographic area(s) in which they are seeking assistance.
As part of the simplification of this funding process, and to avoid duplication of effort, the SuperNOFA provides for consolidated applications for several of the programs for which funding is available under this NOFA. HUD programs that provide assistance for similar activities, e.g., technical assistance, drug elimination, modernization and revitalization, have a consolidated application that reduces the administrative and paperwork burden applicants may otherwise encounter in submitting an application for each program. The Program Chart in this introductory section of the SuperNOFA identifies the programs that have been consolidated and for which a consolidated application is made available to eligible applicants.
The funding of these nineteen programs through this SuperNOFA will not affect the ability of eligible applicants to seek HUD funding. Eligible applicants are able, as they have been in the past, to apply for funding under as few as one or as many as all programs for which they are eligible.
The specific statutory and regulatory requirements of each of the nineteen separate programs continue to apply to each programs. The SuperNOFA reflects, where necessary, the statutory requirements and differences applicable to the specific programs. Please pay careful attention to the individual program requirements that are identified for each program. Also, you will note that not all applicants are eligible to receive assistance under all nineteen programs identified in this SuperNOFA
The SuperNOFA contains two major sections. The General Section of the SuperNOFA contains the procedures and requirements applicable to all applications. The Programs Section of the SuperNOFA describes each program for which funding is made available in the NOFA. As in the past, each program provides a description of eligible applicants, eligible activities, factors for awards, and any additional requirements or limitations that apply to the program. Please read carefully both the General Section and the Programs Section of the SuperNOFA for the program(s) to which you are applying. This will ensure that you apply for program funding for which your organization is eligible to receive funds and you fulfill all the requirements for that program(s).
THE PROGRAMS OF THIS SUPERNOFA AND THE AMOUNT OF FUNDS ALLOCATED
The nineteen programs for which funding availability is announced in this SuperNOFA are identified in the following chart. The approximate available funds for each program are listed as expected funding levels based on appropriated funds. Should recaptured or other funds become available for any program, HUD reserves the right to increase the available program funding amounts by the amount available.
The chart also includes the application due date for each program, the OMB approval number for the information collection requirements contained in the specific program, and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number.
||Submission Location and Room
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
||Insert 85 days from date of publication
||HUD Headquarters Processing and Control Branch, Room 7251 and copies to appropriate CPD Field Offices
|Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
CFDA No.: 14.227
OMB Approval No.: pending
|Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Technical Assistance
CFDA No: 14.239
OMB Approval No.: pending
|HOME Technical Assistance
CFDA No: 14.239
OMB Approval No.: pending
|Supportive Housing Program (SHP) Technical Assistance
CFDA No.: 14.235
OMB Approval No.: pending
||Insert 99 days from date of publication
||HUD Headquarters, Processing and Control Branch, Room 7251, and Appropriate Field Offices where noted
in Programs Section
|Community Outreach Partnership
CFDA No.: 14.511
OMB Approval No.: 2528-0180
|Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Program
CFDA No.: 14.237
OMB Approval No.: 2506-0122
|FAIR HOUSING INITIATIVES
AND ASSISTED HOUSING
||Insert 60 days from date of publication
||HUD Headquarters Room 5234, except if only applying for Assisted Housing Counseling
|Education and Outreach Initiative (EOI)
CFDA No.: 14.409
OMB Approval No.: 2529-0033
Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI)
CFDA No.: 14.410
OMB Approval No.: 2529 -0033
|Fair Housing Organizations Initiative (FHOI)
CFDA No.: 14.413
OMB Approval No: 2529-0033
Housing Counseling Program
o Local Housing Counseling Agencies
o National, Regional and Multi-State
o State Housing Finance Agencies
CFDA No.: 14.169
OMB Approval No: 2502-0261
||Appropriate HUD Field Office
LEAD-BASED PAINT HAZARD
CFDA No.: 14.900
OMB Approval No.: 2539-0005
||Insert 60 days from date of publication
||Postal Service: HUD Headquarters, Office of Lead Hazard Control, Room B-133
Courier Service or Hand Carried:
HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control,
490 East L'Enfant Plaza, S.W.,
Suite 3206, Washington, DC 20024
||Insert 90 days from the date of publication
||HUD Headquarters, Room 4138, and copies to appropriate Local HUD Field Office, where noted in the Programs Section
|Comprehensive Improvement Assistance Program (CIAP)
CFDA No.: 14.852
OMB Approval No.: 2577-0044
|HOPE VI Public Housing Revitalization
CFDA No.: 14.866
OMB Approval No.: 2577-0208
IN PUBLIC AND ASSISTED
||Insert 75 days from the date of publication
||Appropriate local Field Office except if only applying for Drug Elimination TA.
|Public Housing Drug Elimination Program
(Including Youth Sports Eligible Activities)
CFDA No.: 14.854
OMB Approval No.: 2577-0124
|Public Housing Drug Elimination Program - New Approaches (Formerly Safe Neighborhood Grant)
CFDA No.: 14.854
OMB Control No.: 2577-0124
|Drug Elimination Grants for Multifamily Low Income Housing
CFDA No.: 14.193
OMB Approval No.: 2502-0476
|Public Housing Drug Elimination Program -
CFDA No.: 14.854
OMB Approval No: 2577-0124
||HUD Headquarters, Room 4112
|* This amount includes $44,935,934 in FY 97 funds for applicants not funded in 1997.
Paperwork Reduction Act Statement. For those programs listed in the chart above which have OMB approval numbers, the information collection requirements contained in this SuperNOFA for those programs have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). For those programs listed in the chart for which an OMB approval number is pending, the approval number when received will be announced by HUD in the Federal Register. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection displays a valid control number.
GENERAL SECTION OF THE SUPERNOFA
I. Authority; Purpose; Amount Allocated; Eligible Applicants and Eligible Activities.
(A) Authorities. The authority for Fiscal Year 1998 funding availability under this SuperNOFA is the Department of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1998 (Pub.L. 105-65, approved October 27, 1997) (FY 1998 HUD Appropriations Act). Where applicable, additional authority for each program in this SuperNOFA is identified in the Programs Section.
(B)Purpose. The purpose of this SuperNOFA is to:
(1) Make funding available through a variety of programs to empower communities and their residents, particularly the poor and disadvantaged, to develop viable communities, provide decent housing and a suitable living environment for all citizens, without discrimination in order to improve themselves both as individuals and as a community.
(2) Simplify and streamline the application process for funding under HUD programs. By making available to State and local governments, public housing agencies, tribal governments, non-profit organizations and others, the application requirements for HUD housing and community development programs in one NOFA, HUD hopes that the result will be a less time consuming and less complicated application process. This new process also allows an applicant to submit one application for funds for several programs. Except where statutory or regulatory requirements or program policy mandate differences, the SuperNOFA strives to provide for one set of rules, standardized rating factors, and uniform and consolidated application procedures.
(3) Enhance the ability of applicants to make more effective and efficient use of housing and community development funding when addressing community needs and implementing coordinated housing and community development strategies established in local Consolidated Plans, which is the single application for HUD housing and community development and other formula funds submitted by the local or State government. Through this SuperNOFA process, applicants are encouraged to: (i) create opportunities for strategic planning and citizen participation in a comprehensive context at the local level in order to establish a full continuum of housing and services; and (ii) promote methods for developing more coordinated and effective approaches to dealing with urban, suburban, and rural problems by recognizing the interconnections among the underlying problems and ways to address them through layering of available HUD programs;
(4) Promote the ability of eligible non-profit organizations to participate in many of the programs contained in this SuperNOFA; provide an increased opportunity to assist communities in maintaining, rehabilitating, and constructing affordable housing for low and moderate income families; improve the quality of life for residents of public housing; develop and implement programs which promote fair housing practices and open housing opportunities within a community or geographic area; and provide technical assistance and services to improve program results and increase the productivity of HUD programs in meeting community needs; and
(5) Recognize and make better use of the expertise that each of the programs, and organizations eligible for funding under this SuperNOFA, can contribute when developing and implementing local housing and community development plans, the Consolidated Plan, and the HUD required Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.
(C) Amounts Allocated. The amounts allocated to specific programs in this SuperNOFA are based on appropriated funds. Should recaptured funds become available in any program, HUD reserves the right to increase the available funding amounts by the amount of funds recaptured.
(D) Eligible Applicants and Eligible Activities. The eligible applicants and eligible activities for each program are identified and described for the program in the Programs Section of the SuperNOFA.
II. Requirements and Procedures Applicable to All Programs.
Except as may be modified in the Programs Section of this Super NOFA, or as noted within the specific provisions of this Section II, the following principles apply to all programs. Please be sure to read the program area section of the SuperNOFA for additional requirements or information.
(A) Statutory Requirements. All applicants must meet and comply with all statutory and regulatory requirements applicable to the program for which they are seeking funding in order to be awarded funds. Copies of the regulations are available from the SuperNOFA Information Center or through the Internet at http://www.hud.gov. HUD may reject an application from further funding consideration if the activities or projects proposed are ineligible, or HUD may eliminate the ineligible activities from funding consideration and reduce the grant amount accordingly.
(B) Threshold Requirements -- Compliance with Fair Housing and Civil Rights Laws. All applicants, with the exception of Federally recognized Indian tribes, must comply with all Fair Housing and civil rights laws, statutes, regulations and executive orders as enumerated in 24 CFR � 5.105(a). Federally recognized Indian tribes must comply with the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Indian Civil Rights Act. If an applicant (1) has been charged with a violation of the Fair Housing Act by the Secretary; (2) is the defendant in a Fair Housing Act lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice; or (3) has received a letter of noncompliance findings under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, or Section 109 of the Housing and Community Development Act, the applicant is not eligible to apply for funding under this SuperNOFA until the applicant resolves such charge, lawsuit, or letter of findings to the satisfaction of the Department.
(C) Additional Nondiscrimination Requirements. Applicants must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.
(D) Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing. Unless otherwise specified in the Programs Section of this SuperNOFA, each successful applicant will have a duty to affirmatively further fair housing. Applicants should include in their work plans the specific steps that they will take to (1) address the elimination of impediments to fair housing that were identified in the jurisdiction's Analysis of Impediments (AI) to Fair Housing Choice; (2) remedy discrimination in housing; or (3) promote fair housing rights and fair housing choice. Further, applicants have a duty to carry out the specific activities cited in their responses to the rating factors that address affirmatively furthering fair housing in the Programs Section of this SuperNOFA.
(E) Economic Opportunities for Low and Very Low-Income Persons (Section 3). Certain programs in this SuperNOFA require recipients of HUD assistance to comply with section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 U.S.C. � 1701u (Economic Opportunities for Lower Income Persons in Connection with Assisted Projects), and the HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 135, including the reporting requirements subpart E. Section 3 provides that recipients shall ensure that training, employment and other economic opportunities, to the greatest extent feasible, be directed to (1) low and very low income persons, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing and (2) business concerns which provide economic opportunities to low and very low income persons. Section 3 is applicable to the following programs in this SuperNOFA: HOPE VI Revitalization; CIAP; and Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction, and may be applicable to certain activities of other programs of this SuperNOFA.
(F) Relocation. Any person (including individuals, partnerships, corporations or associations) who moves from real property or moves personal property from real property as a direct result of a written notice to acquire or the acquisition of the real property, in whole or in part, for a HUD-assisted activity is covered by acquisition policies and procedures and the relocation requirements of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended (URA), and the implementing governmentwide regulation at 49 CFR part 24. Any person who moves permanently from real property or moves personal property from real property as a direct result of rehabilitation or demolition for an activity undertaken with HUD assistance is covered by the relocation requirements of the URA and the governmentwide regulation.
(G) Forms, Certifications and Assurances. Each applicant is required to submit signed copies of the standard forms, certifications, and assurances, listed in this section, unless the program funding in the Programs Section specifies otherwise. Additionally, the Programs Section may specify additional forms, certifications or assurances that may be required for particular program in this SuperNOFA.
(H) OMB Circulars. The policies, guidances, and requirements of OMB Circular No. A-87 (Cost Principles Applicable to Grants, Contracts and Other Agreements with State and Local Governments) and 24 CFR part 85 (Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State, Local, and Federally recognized Indian tribal governments) apply to the award, acceptance and use of assistance under the programs of this SuperNOFA, and to the remedies for noncompliance, except when inconsistent with the provisions of the FY 1998 HUD Appropriations Act, other Federal statutes or the provisions of this SuperNOFA. Compliance with additional OMB Circulars may be specified for a particular program in the Programs Section of the SuperNOFA. Copies of the OMB Circulars may be obtained from EOP Publications, Room 2200, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 10503, telephone (202) 395-7332 (this is not a toll free number).
(1) Standard Form for Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424);
(2) Standard Form for Budget Information--Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A) or Standard Form for Budget Information-Construction Programs
(SF-424C), as applicable;
(3) Standard Form for Assurances--Non-Construction Programs (SF-424B) or Standard Form for Assurances--Construction Programs (SF-424D), as applicable;
(4) Drug-Free Workplace Certification (HUD-50070);
(5) Certification and Disclosure Form Regarding Lobbying (SF-LLL); (Tribes and tribally designated housing entities (THDEs) established by an Indian tribe as a result of the exercise of the tribe's sovereign power are not required to submit this certification. Tribes and TDHEs established under State law are required to submit this certification.)
(6) Applicant/Recipient Disclosure Update Report (HUD-2880);
(7) Certification that the applicant will comply with the requirements of the Fair Housing Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and will affirmatively further fair housing. CDBG recipients also must certify to compliance with section 109 of the Housing and Community Development Act. Federally recognized Indian tribes must certify that they will comply with the requirements of the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Indian Civil Rights Act.
(8) Certification required by 24 CFR 24.510. (The provisions of 24 C
FR part 24 apply to the employment, engagement of services, awarding of contracts, subgrants, or funding of any recipients, or contractors or subcontractors, during any period of debarment, suspension, or placement in ineligibility status, and a certification is required.)
(I) Environmental Requirements. For programs under this SuperNOFA that assist physical development activities or property acquisition, grantees are generally prohibited from acquiring, rehabilitating, converting, leasing, repairing or constructing property, or committing or expending HUD or non-HUD funds for these program activities, until one of the following has occurred: (1) HUD has completed an environmental review in accordance with 24 CFR part 50; or (2) for programs subject to 24 CFR part 58, HUD has approved a grantee's Request for Release of Funds (HUD Form 7015.15) following a Responsible Entity's completion of an environmental review. Applicants should consult the Programs Section for the applicable program to determine the procedures for, timing of, and any exclusions from environmental review under a particular program.
III. Application Selection Process.
(B) Threshold Requirements. HUD will review each application to determine whether the application meets all of the threshold criteria described for program funding made available under this SuperNOFA. Applications that meet all of the threshold criteria will be eligible to be rated and ranked, based on the criteria described, and the total number of points to be awarded.
(C) Factors For Award Used To Evaluate and Rate Applications. For all of the programs for which funding is available under this SuperNOFA, the points awarded for the factors total 100. The maximum number of points to be awarded, however, total 102. The SuperNOFA provides for two bonus points.
(1) Bonus Points. The SuperNOFA provides for the award of two bonus points for eligible activities/projects that are proposed to be located in federally designated Empowerment Zones, Enterprise Communities, Enterprise Communities, or Urban Enhanced Enterprise Communities, and serve the EZ/EC residents, and are certified to be consistent with the strategic plan of the EZs and ECs. The application kit contains a certification which must be completed for the applicant to be considered for EZ/EC bonus points. A listing of the federally designated EZs, EZs, Enhanced ECs are available from the SuperNOFA Information Center, or through the HUD web site.
(2) The Five Standard Rating Factors. The factors for rating and ranking applicants are listed in this Section III(c)(2) and maximum points for each factor, are provided in the Programs Section of the SuperNOFA. Each applicant should carefully read the factors for award as described in the program area section that they are seeking funding. While HUD has established the following basic factors for award, these may have been modified or adjusted to take into account specific program needs, or statutory or regulatory limitations imposed on a program. The standard factors for award, except as modified in the program area section are:
Factor 1: Capacity of the Applicant and Relevant Organizational Staff
Factor 2: Need/Extent of the Problem
Factor 3: Soundness of Approach
Factor 4: Leveraging Resources
Factor 5: Comprehensiveness and Coordination
(D) Negotiation. After all applications have been rated and ranked and a selection has been made, in several programs, HUD requires that all winners participate in negotiations to determine the specific terms of the grant agreement and budget. In cases where HUD cannot successfully conclude negotiations or a selected applicant fails to provide HUD with requested information, awards will not be made. In such instances, HUD may offer an award to the next highest ranking applicant, and proceed with negotiations with the next highest ranking applicant.
(E) Adjustments to Funding. HUD reserves the right to fund less than the full amount requested in any application to ensure the fair distribution of the funds and to ensure the purposes of the programs contained in this SuperNOFA are met. HUD may choose not to fund portions of the applications that are ineligible for funding under applicable program statutory or regulatory requirements, or which do not meet the requirements of this General Section of this SuperNOFA or the requirements in the Programs Section for the specific program, and fund eligible portions of the applications.
If funds remain after funding the highest ranking applications, HUD may fund part of the next highest ranking application in a given program area. If the applicant turns down the award offer, HUD will make the same determination for the next highest ranking application.
If funds remain after all selections have been made, remaining funds may be available for other competitions for each program area where there is a balance of funds.
Additionally, in the event of a HUD procedural error that, when corrected, would result in selection of an otherwise eligible applicant during the funding round of this SuperNOFA, HUD may select that applicant when sufficient funds become available.
(F) Performance and Compliance Actions of Grantees. Performance and compliance actions of grantees will be measured and addressed in accordance with applicable standards and sanctions of their respective programs.
IV. Application Submission Requirements.
As discussed earlier in the introductory section of this SuperNOFA, part of the simplification of this funding process, is to reduce the duplication effort involved in completing and submitting similar applications for HUD funded programs. As the Program Chart shows above, this SuperNOFA provides for consolidated applications for several of the programs for which funding is available under this SuperNOFA.
V. Corrections to Deficient Applications.
After the application due date, HUD may not, consistent with
24 CFR part 4, subpart B, consider unsolicited information from an applicant. HUD may contact an applicant, however, to clarify an item in the application or to correct technical deficiencies. Applicants should note, however, that HUD may not seek clarification of items or responses that improve the substantive quality of the applicant's response to any eligibility or selection criterion. Examples of curable technical deficiencies include failure to submit the proper certifications or failure to submit an application containing an original signature by an authorized official. In each case, HUD will notify the applicant in writing by describing the clarification or technical deficiency. HUD will notify applicants by facsimile or by return receipt requested. Applicants must submit clarifications or corrections of technical deficiencies in accordance with the information provided by HUD within 14 calendar days of the date of receipt of the HUD notification. If the deficiency is not corrected within this time period, HUD will reject the application as incomplete.
VI. Promoting Comprehensive Approaches to Housing and Community Development.
(A) General. HUD believes the best approach for addressing community problems is through a community-based process that provides a comprehensive response to identified needs. By making HUD's Housing and Community program funding available in one NOFA, applicants may be able to relate the activities proposed for funding under this SuperNOFA to the recent and upcoming NOFAs and the community's Consolidated Plan and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. A complete schedule of NOFAs to be published during the fiscal year and those already published appears under the HUD Homepage on the Internet, which can be accessed at http://www.hud.gov/nofas.html.
(B) Linking Program Activities With AmeriCorps. Applicants are encouraged to link their proposed activities with AmeriCorps, a national service program engaging thousands of Americans on a full or part-time basis to help communities address their toughest challenges, while earning support for college, graduate school, or job training. For information about AmeriCorps, call the Corporation for National Service at (202) 606-5000.
(C) Encouraging Visitability in New Construction and Substantial Rehabilitation Activities. In addition to applicable accessible design and construction requirements, applicants are encouraged to incorporate visitability standards where feasible in new construction and substantial rehabilitation projects. Visitability standards allow a person with mobility impairments access into the home, but does not require that all features be made accessible. Visitability means at least one entrance at grade (no steps), approached by an accessible route such as a sidewalk; the entrance door and all interior passage doors are at least 2 feet 10 inches wide, allowing 32 inches of clear passage space. Allowing use of 2'10" doors is consistent with the Fair Housing Act (at least for the interior doors), and may be more acceptable than requiring the 3 foot doors that are required in fully accessible areas under the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards for a small percentage of units. A visitable home also serves persons without disabilities, such as a mother pushing a stroller, or a person delivering a large appliance. Copies of the UFAS are available from the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Room 5230, 451 Seventh Street, SW, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 755-5404 or the TTY telephone number, 1-800-877 8399 (Federal Information Relay Service).
(D) Developing Healthy Homes. HUD's Healthy Homes Initiative is one of the initiatives developed by the White House Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children that was established under Executive Order 13045 ("Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks"). HUD encourages the funding of activities (to the extent eligible under specific programs) that promote healthy homes, or that promote education on what is a healthy home. These activities may include, but are not limited to the following: educating homeowners or renters about the need to protect children in their home from dangers that can arise from items such as curtain cords, electrical outlets, hot water, poisons, fire, and sharp table edges, among others; incorporating child safety measures in the construction, rehabilitation or maintenance of housing, which include but are not limited to: child safety latches on cabinets, hot water protection devices, properly ventilated windows to protect from mold, window guards to protect children from falling, proper pest management to prevent cockroaches which can cause asthma, and activities directed to control of lead-based paint hazards. The National Lead Information Hotline is 1-800-424-5323.
VII. Findings and Certifications.
(A) Environmental Impact. A Finding of No Significant Impact with respect to the environment has been made in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 50 that implement section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332). The Finding of No Significant Impact is available for public inspection during regular business hours in the Office of the General Counsel, Regulations Division, Room 10276, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW, Washington, DC 20410-0500.
(B) Federalism, Executive Order 12612. The General Counsel, as the Designated Official under section 6(a) of Executive Order 12612, Federalism, has determined that the policies contained in this SuperNOFA will not have substantial direct effects on States or their political subdivisions, or on the relationship between the Federal Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Specifically, the SuperNOFA solicits applicants to expand their role in addressing community development needs in their localities, and does not impinge upon the relationships between the Federal government and State and local governments. As a result, the SuperNOFA is not subject to review under the Order.
(C) Prohibition Against Lobbying Activities. Applicants for funding under this SuperNOFA are subject to the provisions of section 319 of the Department of Interior and Related Agencies Appropriation Act for Fiscal Year 1991, 31 U.S.C. 1352 (the Byrd Amendment), which prohibits recipients of Federal contracts, grants, or loans from using appropriated funds for lobbying the executive or legislative branches of the Federal Government in connection with a specific contract, grant, or loan. Applicants are required to certify, using the certification found at Appendix A to 24 CFR part 87, that they will not, and have not, used appropriated funds for any prohibited lobbying activities. In addition, applicants must disclose, using Standard Form LLL, "Disclosure of Lobbying Activities," any funds, other than Federally appropriated funds, that will be or have been used to influence Federal employees, members of Congress, and congressional staff regarding specific grants or contracts. Tribes and tribally designated housing entities (THDEs) established by an Indian tribe as a result of the exercise of the tribe's sovereign power are excluded from coverage of the Byrd Amendment, but tribes and TDHEs established under State law are not excluded from the statute's coverage.)
(D) Section 102 of the HUD Reform Act; Documentation and Public Access Requirements. Section 102 of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Reform Act of 1989 (42 U.S.C. 3545) (HUD Reform Act) and the regulations codified in 24 CFR part 4, subpart A, contain a number of provisions that are designed to ensure greater accountability and integrity in the provision of certain types of assistance administered by HUD. On January 14, 1992 (57 FR 1942), HUD published a notice that also provides information on the implementation of section 102. The documentation, public access, and disclosure requirements of section 102 apply to assistance awarded under this SuperNOFA as follows:
(E) Section 103 HUD Reform Act. HUD's regulations implementing section 103 of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Reform Act of 1989 (42 U.S.C. 3537a), codified in 24 CFR part 4, apply to this funding competition. The regulations continue to apply until the announcement of the selection of successful applicants. HUD employees involved in the review of applications and in the making of funding decisions are limited by the regulations from providing advance information to any person (other than an authorized employee of HUD) concerning funding decisions, or from otherwise giving any applicant an unfair competitive advantage. Persons who apply for assistance in this competition should confine their inquiries to the subject areas permitted under 24 CFR part 4.
(1) Documentation and public access requirements. HUD will ensure that documentation and other information regarding each application submitted pursuant to this SuperNOFA are sufficient to indicate the basis upon which assistance was provided or denied. This material, including any letters of support, will be made available for public inspection for a 5-year period beginning not less than 30 days after the award of the assistance. Material will be made available in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and HUD's implementing regulations in 24 CFR part 15.
(2) Disclosures. HUD will make available to the public for 5 years all applicant disclosure reports (HUD Form 2880) submitted in connection with this SuperNOFA. Update reports (also Form 2880) will be made available along with the applicant disclosure reports, but in no case for a period less than 3 years. All reports--both applicant disclosures and updates--will be made available in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and HUD's implementing regulations at 24 CFR part 15.
(3) Publication of Recipients of HUD Funding. HUD's regulations at 24 CFR 4.7 provide that HUD will publish a notice in the Federal Register on at least a quarterly basis to notify the public of all decisions made by the Department to provide:
(i) Assistance subject to section 102(a) of the HUD Reform Act; or
(ii) Assistance that is provided through grants or cooperative agreements on a discretionary (non-formula, non-demand) basis, but that is not provided on the basis of a competition.
Applicants or employees who have ethics related questions should contact the HUD Ethics Law Division at (202) 708-3815. (This is not a toll-free number.) For HUD employees who have specific program questions, the employee should contact the appropriate field office counsel, or Headquarters counsel for the program to which the question pertains.
VIII. The FY 1998 SuperNOFA Process and Future HUD Funding Processes.
In FY 1997, Secretary Cuomo took the first step at changing HUD's funding process to better promote comprehensive, coordinated approaches to housing and community development. In FY 1997, the Department published related NOFAs on the same day or within a few days of each other. In the individual NOFAs published in FY 1997, HUD advised that additional steps on NOFA coordination may be considered for FY 1998. The three SuperNOFAs to be published for FY 1998 represent the additional step taken by HUD to improve HUD's funding process and assist communities to make better use of available resources through a coordinated approach. This new SuperNOFA process was developed based on comments received from HUD clients and the Department believes it represents a significant improvement over HUD's approach to the funding process in prior years. For FY 1999, HUD may take even further steps to enhance this process. HUD welcomes comments from applicants and other members of the public on this process, and how it may be improved in future years.
The description of program funding available under this first SuperNOFA for Housing and Community Development programs follows.
Saul N. Ramirez, Jr.,
Acting Deputy Secretary
TABLE OF CONTENTS OF HUD PROGRAMS IN THIS SUPERNOFA
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Technical Assistance
Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Technical Assistance
HOME Technical Assistance
Supportive Housing Program (SHP) Technical Assistance
UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE PROGRAMS
Community Outreach Partnership Centers
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Program
FAIR HOUSING INITIATIVES & ASSISTED HOUSING COUNSELING PROGRAMS
Fair Housing Initiative Program (FHIP) --
Education and Outreach Initiative (EOI)
FHIP Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI)
FHIP Fair Housing Organizations Initiative (FHOI)
Housing Counseling Program
LEAD BASED PAINT HAZARD CONTROL PROGRAM
MODERNIZATION AND REVITALIZATION PROGRAMS
Comprehensive Improvement Assistance Program (CIAP)
HOPE VI Public Housing Revitalization
DRUG ELIMINATION IN PUBLIC AND ASSISTED HOUSING
Public Housing Drug Elimination Program (Including Youth Sports Eligible Activities)
Public Housing Drug Elimination Program -- New Approaches
Drug Elimination Grants for Multifamily Low-Income Housing
Public Housing Drug Elimination Program Technical Assistance
APPENDIX A -- LIST OF HUD OFFICES AND HOURS OF OPERATION
Return to the 1998 Funds Available