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Policy Development and Coordination

Overview
The Office of Policy Development and Coordination (OPDC) provides funds to national organizations through the Section 4 Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Programs. In addition, OPDCā€™s Close Out Division collaborates with other Community Planning and Development (CPD) offices to establish grant closeout procedures, and administers the remaining Congressional Earmark Grants (Economic Development Initiative, Special Projects, and Neighborhood Initiative grants). OPDCā€™s Audit Division assists CPD programs in the resolution of complex and simple audits.
 
Funding is awarded to grantees through:
  • Capacity Building Programs - funds 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 Program (also known as the Section 4 program) - enhances the capacity and ability of CDCs and CHDOs to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low-income 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 - enhances the capacity and ability of local governments, Indian tribes, housing development organizations, rural CDCs, and rural CHDOs to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low- and moderate-income families and persons in rural areas. OPDC 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 (EDI-SP) and Neighborhood Initiative (NI) grants. The purpose of these earmarks is to improve the conditions of distressed and blighted areas and neighborhoods, stimulate investment, and encourage economic diversification and community revitalization. These earmarks have not been funded since 2010. 
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Content current as of April 24, 2020.