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CUOMO ANNOUNCES $2.4 BILLION IN GRANTS TO FUND HUD HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today announced the availability of $2.4 billion in grants to fund HUD programs in communities across the nation this year.
A Super Notice of Funds Availability (SuperNOFA) issued today by HUD notifies communities and groups around the nation of grants that are available for a broad range of programs to help build affordable housing, boost employment, revitalize distressed public housing, fund fair housing enforcement and provide assistance to homeless people.
This year's single SuperNOFA completes the consolidation and streamlining of HUD's grant announcement process. Last year, HUD issued three smaller SuperNOFAs. Previously, HUD had posted 40 different Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) for competitive grants. Under the SuperNOFA system, grants are awarded more quickly and efficiently to local and state governments, public housing authorities, non-profit and faith-based groups, and other organizations.
"We are making the process of getting HUD grants easier, faster and cheaper," Cuomo said. "State and local officials, business people, and non-profit groups will spend less time and money filling out forms and more time and money creating jobs, building housing and strengthening communities."
Through the SuperNOFA grant process, applicants can now go to one source - the SuperNOFA Information Center - to get application information, copies of program regulations and other information that will help applicants prepare and submit their funding requests, Cuomo said.
The SuperNOFA Information Center may be reached from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, by dialing toll-free 800/HUD-8929 or 800/483-2209 TTY. Additionally, application information will be readily accessible on the Internet at http://www.hud.gov
HUD has also prepared a guidebook for funding applicants, Connecting With Communities, which explains the SuperNOFA process and provides information on all programs for HUD partners at the state and local level, and in non-profit, faith-based and other community organizations.
In the past, funding notices were published throughout the year with varying rules, timelines, and sets of criteria for evaluation of applications. This fragmentation hindered communities' efforts to plan comprehensively and to devise coordinated, interconnected funding strategies.
A basic goal of the SuperNOFA is to make it easier for applicants to coordinate the use of two or more competitive grant programs. By having information about all HUD competitive grant programs that are used to address a single issue area, applicants may gain a better understanding of the multiple resources available to address their needs and opportunities.
The application process also encourages coordination among applicants - either encouraging two or more organizations to join forces to submit one application to jointly implement funded activities or to submit separate applications for different grants to coordinate the use of grants.
In response to President Clinton's directive to use language that is easily understandable to the general public, the new SuperNOFA application is written in plain language, making it less bureaucratic and more user-friendly than previous documents.
In addition, the notice of funding availability is being issued earlier than previous notifications. This will allow communities and others more time to prepare applications, to allocate staff resources needed to develop applications for different programs, and to coordinate funding.
Content Archived: January 20, 2009