The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) requires prospective Nonprofit Organizations to obtain approval and be placed on the HUD Nonprofit Roster to participate in FHA's Single Family Nonprofit Programs as detailed in FHA's Single Family Housing Policy Handbook 4000.1 (SF Handbook). Interested Nonprofit Organizations must contact HUD by sending an email to the FHA Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. The email must contain the following preliminary information:
- Organization's legal name and physical address of the main office;
- Name, phone number, and email address of the Executive Director;
- Name, title, phone number, and email address for all staff members who will be requesting system access for the required application and ongoing reporting;
- Effective date of the Nonprofit Organization's 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status (if applicable) as reflected in the Internal Revenue Service Letter of Determination;
- Nonprofit Organization's Federal Employer Identification Number;
- The FHA Single Family Nonprofit Program(s) for which the Nonprofit Organization is seeking approval, and the state where activities will take place;
- An indication as to whether or not the Nonprofit Organization is an Instrumentality of Government; and
- Confirmation that the Nonprofit Organization has two years of relevant housing experience within the last five years.
HUD will evaluate the preliminary information provided to ensure an applicant meets baseline requirements before the applicant proceeds to the full application process. Applicants who provide acceptable preliminary information will be contacted by HUD and provided instructions for accessing FHA's Nonprofit Data Management System (NPDMS), including a logon ID and temporary password. NPDMS is a system used by HUD to recieve and review Nonprofit application packages and recertification packages.
After FHA deems the preliminary information acceptable, a Nonprofit Organization can proceed with the application process. The Nonprofit Organization Application Guide will help applicants ensure they have included all required application information. Nonprofit Organizations must submit a completed application within 30 days of receiving access to the NPDMS:
- A completed application refers to an application that satisfies all general application requirements and all program-specific application requirements for the program(s) in which the Nonprofit Organization seeks approval.
- HUD approval can take between 60 and 90 days. Approval may be delayed on incomplete applications.
If the application is approved, the applicant will receive an approval letter and be placed on the HUD Nonprofit Roster. If approved for the HUD Homes program, the approval letter will provide instructions for obtaining a Name and Address Identification Number (NAID). The NAID is required as part of the purchase process for HUD real-estate owned homes.
To retain HUD approval, Nonprofit Organizations must complete the recertification process prior to approval expiration. Recertification packages are due to HUD 90 days prior to approval expiration. Specific information about recertification, including the information that must be submitted as part of the recertification, can be found in the SF Handbook’s Doing Business with FHA section for Nonprofit Organizations and Governmental Entities.