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The Office of Policy Development and Coordination (OPDC)

The Office of Policy Development and Coordination (OPDC) provides funds to national organizations through the Section 4 and Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Programs. In addition, OPDCā€™s close out division collaborates with other Community Planning and Development Offices to establish grant closeout procedures as well as administer the remaining Congressional Earmark Grants (Economic Development Initiative- Special Projects and Neighborhood Initiative grants).
 

Capacity Building Programs

HUD's Capacity Building programs fund national organizations to develop the capacity and ability of community development corporations (CDCs), community housing development organizations (CHDOs), local governments, and Indian Tribes to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low income families in urban and rural communities.

Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing

The Capacity Building for Affordable Housing and Community Development Program, also known as the Section 4 program, was originally authorized under Section 4 of the HUD Demonstration Act of 1993 (Pub. L. 103-120, 107 Stat. 1148, 42 U.S.C. 9816 note), as amended. The program enhances the capacity and ability of community development corporations (CDCs) and community housing development organizations (CHDOs) to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low-income persons.

Through funding of national intermediaries, the Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Program (Section 4) enhances the capacity and ability of Community Development Corporations (CDCs) and Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) to carry out affordable housing and community development activities that benefit low- and moderate-income families and persons. A portion of Section 4 funds must be used for work in rural areas.

Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Program

Through the funding of national organizations with expertise in rural housing and community development, the Rural Capacity Building Program (RCB) enhances the capacity and ability of local governments, Indian tribes, housing development organizations, rural Community Development Corporations (CDCs), and rural Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low- and moderate-income families and persons in rural areas. The Office of Policy Development and Coordination in HUDā€™s Office of Community Planning and Development administers the competition. For information, contact capacitybuilding@hud.gov.

Congressional Grants: Economic Development Initiative and Neighborhood Initiative

OPDC administers congressionally mandated grants known as Congressional Earmark Grants which are broken into two groups:  Economic Development Initiative Special Project Grants (EDI-SP) and Neighborhood Initiative Grants (NI). The purpose of these earmarks is for improving the conditions of distressed and blighted areas and neighborhoods, to stimulate investment, and economic diversification and community revitalization.  These earmarks have not been funded since 2010. 

In addition to the programs mentioned above, OPDCā€™s Audit Division assists CPD programs in the resolution of complex and simple audits.

 

 

 

 

Content current as of January 7, 2020.