May 2011 Region III HUDLine NewsE-Briefs from Region III (DE, DC, MD, PA, VA and WV) of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
(215) 656-0500 Jane C.W. Vincent, Regional Administrator www.hud.gov/pennsylvania
Happy Spring! This is one of my favorite seasons because it is a time for renewal, a time for new beginnings, and a time to recommit to the things you believe in most.
Last week, Deputy Secretary Sims asked our partners (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKhbSqGFshA) to post brief YouTube videos sharing why they believe in HUD - just click and listen to what some of our stakeholders have
Theodore Roosevelt said, "Far and away, the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing". That's why I believe in HUD. I love my work because it's all about improving lives and making a difference in our communities and neighborhoods. No one should have to live on the streets. People should be able to afford to
In an effort to bring you information you can use and to tell the stories of the people we have helped, we've expanded HUDlines to have a more Regional look, with inclusion of stories about how we're helping people every day. I'm sure you'll see more stories about why we believe in HUD.
NOTES ON THE STAFF ...
Coming...On April 18, Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) John Trasviña announced
And going...John E. Hall, previously the Field Office Director in the Richmond Office has been announced as the new District of Columbia Housing and Community Development Director. Region III wishes John well as he assumes the leadership of this vibrant city agency.
Emergency Homeowner Loan Program Launches in Three States
In Delaware, Governor Jack Markell announced applications for the program are being accepted through the Delaware State Housing Authority. I had the honor of delivering the six million dollar check to the First State.
In addition to offering assistance to homeowners in danger of foreclosure, the state is also promoting sustainable growth so that communities have access to affordable housing, schools, transportation and jobs. HUD is lending its strong support to the state's efforts. Take a look at the DC Field Office web page's leading story.
And here's another example of how HUD is helping to make big changes:
Smart Growth for the Future in Loudoun County
The April 20 groundbreaking for Loudoun Station in Virginia was attended by Secretary Donovan, Regional Administrator Vincent, and HUD staff from DC and Richmond. Loudoun Station will be the "essential downtown" for Loudoun County, integrating 357 luxury apartments with the first phase of Market Square at Loudoun Station, which includes 70,000 square feet of retail space. Ultimately, it will include more than 300,000 square feet of retail, dining and entertainment spaces. It is designed to create a pedestrian friendly, vibrant, environment for the Washington Metropolitan areas' future Silver Line Metro stop. It is a great example of smart growth and transit oriented development. HUD helped with $70.2 million in financing. Hear the Secretary's remarks at: Leesburg Today - Loudoun Station (http://www.leesburg2day.com/news/article_c824a0ec-6b6a-11e0-a4a4-001cc4c002e0.html)
Safe Haven for Homeless Teens
Homeless teens in Philadelphia have found a safe place to live in the newly opened Covenant House in the Kensington section of the City. Philadelphia invested $600,000 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Recovery Act funds received from HUD in the $3 million project. Covenant House will provide temporary housing for youth under the age of 21, and will also provide supportive services to help them become independent and responsible adults.
HUD'S NEWEST NEWS...
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announces awards for new projects to help people who are homeless. The grants, announced on April 28, when combined with the renewal funding announced earlier this year, represent the most homelessness assistance ever awarded by HUD. More than dollars, the $27,649,729 received by Region III Continua of Care will help 90 new projects save, change and restore countless lives. To see the allocations state by state, visit HUD's website.
HUD's Region III Annual Funding Report for Fiscal Year 2010 has been released. More than $47.3 billion dollars was invested to deliver programs and services to the 29.5 million persons across the District of Columbia and five state area. For more information about how the funds were used and who benefited, see Region III's Annual Funding
On May 2 Secretary Shaun Donovan will present at the 20th Annual HOME Celebration in Bethesda, Maryland.
HUD has published the final notice establishing the Small Area Fair Market Rent (FMR) Demonstration Project and requesting participation from metropolitan public housing agencies. For more information, see the Federal Register notice (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-04-20/html/2011-9501.htm).
HUDUser issues a new report evaluating the Family Self-Sufficiency Program. Download the report, which encompasses a new study of the Family Self-Sufficiency program's impact and outcomes at: Family Self-Sufficiency Program: Prospective Study.
HUD's Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse Strategy of the Month Club offers "9 Steps toward Green." See these budget saving affordable housing retrofits for yourself at Strategy of the Month.
HUD invites expressions of interest in a Fellowship Placement Pilot Program for Economically Distressed Cities. The Department seeks a qualified third party or a partnership of third parties to manage, administer and implement the fellowship program. See the REI notice for details about objectives, full scope of work and roles and responsibilities of the third party for the fellowship program. Responses are due Friday, May 13, 2011 via email to: FellowshipPlacementProgram@hud.gov. For more information, contact Kheng Mei Tan at (202) 708-1112 (not a toll-free number) or TTY through the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
MORE CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER...
Baltimore's AIDS Interfaith Residential Services and the City's Office of Human Services were awarded a combined $2,763,500 in "Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA)" funding to continue their work of providing permanent supportive housing so that households can manage their illnesses while receiving critically needed support services. To see the announcement made on April 26, visit HUD's Newsroom.
Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority achieves its first LEED Gold structure with Grandy Village Learning Center - see website (http://www.nrha.us/featured/grandy-village-learning-center)
Nonprofit Community Capital Bank of Virginia opens Second Branch Office in Richmond - providing capital resources
Virginia's Governor McDonnell announces winners of 2011 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards, to be presented at the Environment Virginia Symposium in Lexington.The Gold Medal winners may be found at Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards (http://www.governor.virginia.gov/News/viewRelease.cfm?id=673).
Virginia Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) brings 29 jobs to Franklin County as Solution Matrix relocates. $220,841 Community Development Block Grant will provide infrastructure improvements to the new building. See the article in the Roanoke Times (http://www.roanoke.com/business/wb/283890).
Roanoke's Hurt Park Community Garden ready to till - the community garden will create nearly 100 individual garden beds, including several that will be handicapped accessible. The plan also calls for a greenhouse, tool shed, water cisterns, children's garden, and composting area. See website (http://www.roanokecommunitygarden.org)
SUSTAINABILITY PARTNERS AT WORK...
Transportation Association of Maryland (TAM) general membership meeting & workshop on May 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Bowie. Registration deadline is May 2. Online payment available at website (http://www.taminc.org).
FHA LEADS THE WAY...
HUD has selected 18 national, regional and local lenders to participate in a new two-year pilot program that will offer qualified borrowers living in certain parts of the country low-cost loans to make energy-saving improvements to their homes. Backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), these new PowerSaver loans will offer homeowners up
FHA reminds customers that there will be a 25 basis point increase to the Annual Mortgage Insurance Premiums for forward mortgage amortization terms, effective for all case numbers assigned on or after April 18, 2011. There are also new procedures effective April 18, 2011 for requesting case numbers and automatic case number cancellation. See Mortgagee Letter 2011-10 for more details. For FHA technical support on FHA Premiums or any other FHA issue, email email@example.com or visit FHA Frequently Asked Questions.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) also provide clarification about the topics discussed in FHA Mortgagee Letter
New Mortgagee Letters:
For all Mortgagee letters, see Mortgagee Letters on HUD's website.
Upcoming FHA Training Opportunities:
Did you miss a training session? Check out the FHA Training Webcast archives.
HUD FUNDING NEWS ...
All the latest in HUD funding news may be found at HUD.Gov Funds Available or Grants.Gov (http://www.grants.gov/)
The General Section for HUD's competitive funding programs has been published and outlines the FY 2011 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Policy Requirements and General Section for HUD's Discretionary Programs. The General Section provides applicants with important information about the statutory and policy requirements governing all of HUD's competitive funding opportunities. It also describes submission requirements for FY2011 and HUD's policy priorities based on the FY2010-2015 Strategic Plan. To read the FY2011 NOFA General section, please click here: FY2011 General Section.
The following HUD NOFAs have been announced:
OTHER FEDERAL FUNDING RESOURCES...
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announces funds to help small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. Applications due May 3, contact: NEH Division of Preservation and Access at (202) 606-8570 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (NEH Grant Guidelines - Preservation (http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/pag.html)).
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announces funds for capacity-building grants, to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Applications due May 4, contact: Office of Challenge Grants at (202) 606-8309 or email@example.com. ( NEH Grant Guidelines - Capacity (http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/challenge.html)).
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announces funds to support small and mid-sized organizations fo
The U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) announces funds to provide business consulting services to eligible Minority Business Enterprises (MBE). Applications due May 5, contact: Rita Gonzales at (202) 482-1940 (http://www.mbda.gov).
Department of Education (DOE) announces funds to initiate, expand, and improve physical education for students in grades K-12. Funds will be available for 77 awards and a match is required. Applications due May 13 - contact: Carlette Huntley at (202) 245-7871 or Carlette.Huntley@ed.gov. (http://www.grants.gov).
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announces funds to provide additional support for refugee services for large secondary migrations into the state, or where there are significant increases in new arrivals. Applications due May 20, contact Ronald Munia at (202) 401-4559 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (Administration for Children and Families - Refugee Services (http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2011-ACF-ORR-RU-0149) ).
Department of Justice announces funds for the Second Chance Act Juvenile Mentoring Initiative to provide employment assistance, substance abuse treatment, housing, family programming, mentoring, victim support, and other services to help adult and juvenile ex-offenders make a successful transition from incarceration to the community. Applications due May 2. For more information, see: Second Chance Act - Juvenile (http://rurallisc.cmail5.com/t/r/l/jrhduht/tiyuduild/k/).
Department of Labor announces funds for the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) Housing Assistance
USDA is offering grants to provide broadband and internet access to underserved rural areas, including Native American lands, through its Community Connect Broadband Grant Program. Applications due May 3. For more information and to apply, go to Community Connect Broadband (http://rurallisc.cmail5.com/t/r/l/jrhduht/tiyuduild/o/).
Department of Education is offering grants to enhance the credit of charter schools enabling them to access private-sector and other non-Federal capital to acquire, construct, and renovate facilities at a reasonable cost. Applications due May 10. For more information and to apply, go to Charter Schools Credit Support (http://rurallisc.cmail5.com/t/r/l/jrhduht/tiyuduild/p/).
NEWS YOU CAN USE ...
AROUND REGION III...
Pittsburgh - (412) 644-6428***Cheryle E. Campbell, Field Office Director***
Richmond - (804) 822.4802***Darryl B. Austin, Acting Field Office Director***
Southeast Regional Community Action Project (SERCAP) hosting Water Is Life! Annual Conference & Luncheon on May 6 in Roanoke. See SERCAP Water is Life Conference (http://southeastrcap.cvent.com/events/water-is-life-conference-luncheon/invitation-e768420e52d74daea5eb3f105e1fe310.aspx?i=adec79bb-ee8b-419f-80f1-16c629779f65).
Training available for nonprofit (non-governmental) Housing Agencies interested in becoming HUD-Approved Nonprofits. HUD approval allows nonprofit housing agencies to participate in federal single-family housing programs. The HUD website offers first steps to request the online application: SFHousing-Nonprofit Approval, training videos and reference guides: SF Housing Nonprofit Approval - Training Materials (https://www.yardiasptx11.com/hudreo/hudacanp.asp). HUD Richmond and Virginia Housing Development Authority are hosting a webinar to facilitate the application process. May 12, 10:00 am - 12:00pm.
HUD Richmond's Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) is hosting a Grantee meeting and training June 15-16, 2011 in Richmond. For registration information, contact Lucy Cook of Training Development Associates at email@example.com or (410) 547-1825.
Better Housing Coalition's (BHC) Center for Neighborhood Revitalization is presenting a workshop on how renovating
EarthCraft Virginia is offering a new Builder training course for the Richmond area. Builders can learn techniques for building high performance homes, become certified as an EarthCraft Builder, and become involved in the growing green building market.
Main Street News:
Roanoke Regional Housing Symposium - Livable Communities: Making them a Reality. Join the Roanoke Housing
Wilmington - (302) 573-6300***Diane Lello, Field Office Director***
Delaware Housing Coalition hosting A Day for Housing on May 10, from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Dover. For more information, see website http://housingforall.org/
DSHA, in Partnership with Delaware Money School, hosts a Homebuyer Fair on May 14, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Newark. To register, call 877-307-6858 or visit Delaware Money School (http://www.delawaremoneyschool.com).
Baltimore - (410) 962-2520***Carol B. Payne, Field Office Director***
Maryland Association of Housing and Rehabilitation Authorities (MAHRA) Conference Set for May 25-27 in Ocean City
Construction is set to begin soon on M on Madison, a new, livable 74 unit multifamily rental property, designed for families, and allowing residents to live near their work. Keep up with Baltimore's dynamic housing development by visiting website (http://www.baltimorehousing.org/).
Philadelphia - (215) 656-0500***Jane C.W. Vincent, Regional Administrator***
The Urban Affairs Coalition and the UAC Foreclosure Prevention Task Force are pleased to present the Foreclosure Prevention Resource Guide Winter/Spring 2011 Edition. The Guide is designed to help professional housing counselors and homeowners in the Philadelphia five-county region better navigate the mortgage foreclosure process and the foreclosure prevention programs available to homeowners.
100,000 Homes Campaign Philadelphia Seeks Volunteers: A grassroots effort to place America's most vulnerable, long-term homeless individuals into 100,000 homes by July 2013 invites you to join a week long volunteer outreach effort from May 15-20th. For more information, please go to the website (http://www.100khomesphilly.org)
McKonly & Asbury's Spring Affordable Housing Seminar May 4, Camp Hill. A. J. Johnson from A. J. Johnson Consulting Services, Inc. presenting training on Low-Income Housing Tax Credit compliance. See Spring Affordable Housing (http://www.affordablehousinggurus.com/2011/02/save-the-date.html).
The Allentown Commission to End Chronic Homelessness presenting "Housing: The Key to Ending Homelessness" on May 13 in Allentown. Contact Lauren Giguere, Co-Chair, (610) 439-5965, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sixth annual Indicators Report to be released at the 2011 Lackawanna & Luzerne County Indicators Forum, May 19 at Mohegan Sun Casino. The annual report tracks the region's performance on a broad array of categories, including demographics, public safety, and jobs and economy. Registration forms may be found HERE (http://housingalliancepa.org/var/eventfile/file/126-Indicators%20Registration%202011.pdf), and more information on the event can be seen online (http://www.institutepa.org). For more information, contact Shelly Harlander at email@example.com
District of Columbia - (202) 275-9200***Marvin W. Turner, Field Office Director***
Charleston - (304) 347-7000***Peter C. Minter, Field Office Director***
West Virginia State FY12 Raze Mini-Grant Application Announcement - Funds will be provided through the American Lung Association of West Virginia - applications must be submitted to the American Lung Association by May 27,
West Virginia Food Charter Announcing Regional Roundtable Series on Local Food: April- May 2011. May 2, Panorama at the Peak restaurant, Berkeley Springs, WV; May 3: WesMonty region, 6:30-8:30pm, Phillipi: May 4- Greater Kanawha reg: Charleston, WV - For details or contacts for the regional roundtable in your area, call Savanna Lyons
Thursday, May12, 2011 - Kanawha FRN in the Charleston Room of the Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center at
SOAR Training - May 19-20, Charleston - Case Management for people who are homeless with severe mental health problems or who are returning to the community from institutions (jails, prisons or hospitals), accessing disability benefits is difficult, with little chance of success.The SOAR strategy helps increase access to these benefits through training, technical assistance and strategic planning. For more information contact our SOAR Case Manager, Wilsie Herlihy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NON-GOVERNMENTAL FUNDING RESOURCES...
Bank of America Foundation is accepting applications until June 1 for Neighborhood Builders and Local Heroes grants - see BoA Grant Programs (http://www.bankofamerica.com/foundation/index.cfm?template=fd_grantapp).
The M-A-C Foundation offering grants for supports nonprofit organizations that are providing food and nutrition or housing services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Online applications for Food and Nutrition Community Grants must be submitted by May 6, 2011. Contact: MAC Foundation (http://www.macaidsfund.org/#/work/application).
Newman's Own, Fisher House Foundation, and Military Times Media Group (Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times, Marine Corps Times) join together to offer grants in support of the most creative military quality of life improvement plans. Complete the online application discussing innovative ideas to improve the quality of life for military families by May 12. Contact Vickie Reeping at email@example.com or 1-888-294-8560 (http://www.fisherhouse.org/programs/newmans-own-award/).
Sparkplug Foundation announces "Set Something Off Seed Money" funds to launch new ideas within existing projects, that will build lasting infrastructures for projects with a focus on music, education and community organizing work. Applications due May 20, contact Sparkplug Foundation at (877) 866-8285 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (Set Something Off (http://sparkplugfoundation.org/)).
The Urban Land Institute announces new awards competition, the Robert C. Larson Workforce Housing Public Policy Awards program, to recognize innovative public policies and practices for the production, rehabilitation, or preservation of workforce housing. Application, directions for submitting, and contact information for questions are available from the Urban Land Institute. Applications are due by June 15, 2011.
The Home Depot Foundation, announces an open application cycle for its Community Impact Grants Program. Proposals for grants will be accepted April 4, 2011, through October 31, 2011. Applications must be submitted using the foundation's online application system. Home Depot Foundation (http://www.homedepotfoundation.org/how-we-help/grants.html).
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