FY2017 Mainstream Voucher Program NOFA and FY2017 and FY2018 Family Unification Program NOFA Extended to July 26, 2018
PHA Disaster Preferences
PIH staff have compiled information on PHAs with preferences for families displaced by disasters to help locate housing opportunities for those affected. This spreadsheet lists preference information for 670 PHAs along with some additional details, as available. We hope this will be a resource for families, PHAs, and HUD staff in locating potential housing options. For PHAs that wish to supply additional or correct any information on this list, please contact the disaster preference project team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Last updated April 13, 2018.
PHA Disaster Readiness and Preparation Guide (2016)
ROSS for Education Program
The ROSS for Education program (also known as Project SOAR (Students + Opportunities + Achievements = Results)) is a new demonstration program reflecting HUD’s commitment to expand educational services to youth living in HUD-assisted housing. Read more...
Data-Sharing Road Map: Improving Student Outcomes through Partnerships between PHAs and School Districts
Nearly four million children live in HUD–assisted housing. This “Data-Sharing Road Map” provides guidance on how PHAs can collaborate with school districts and other partners to identify data-driven strategies for strengthening the educational outcomes of students living in public housing and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) units. Based on the experience of PHAs that have successfully negotiated data-sharing partnerships, this Road Map provides practical guidance for establishing these partnerships and using the data effectively.
Assessment of Fair Housing Tool for Public Housing Agencies HUD Exchange Website
On January 13, 2017, HUD announced through the Federal Register the availability of the Assessment Tool Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) will use to conduct and submit an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) to assist in fulfilling their obligations under the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule. The Assessment Tool will also be used for AFHs conducted through joint and regional collaborations between such PHAs. The Federal Register Notice and Announcement can be found here and the PHA Assessment Tool can be accessed from the HUD Exchange Website.
Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act (HOTMA) of 2016
HUD published a new Federal Register Notice on January 18, 2017, to implement a number of HOTMA provisions that affect the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Project Based Voucher (PBV) programs. The notice also seeks public input on both the implementing requirements in the document and future changes to these programs. Comments are due on March 20, 2017, and the provisions in the notice will become effective on April 18, 2017. You can send questions about the HOTMA notice to HOTMAquestionsPIH@hud.gov.
Jobs Plus Pilot Program
The purpose of the Jobs Plus Pilot program is to develop locally-based, job-driven approaches to increase earnings and advance employment outcomes through work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, educational advancement technology skills, and financial literacy for residents of public housing. The place-based Jobs Plus Pilot program addresses poverty among public housing residents by incentivizing and enabling employment through income disregards for working families, and a set of services designed to support work including employer linkages, job placement and counseling, educational advancement, and financial counseling. Ideally, these incentives will saturate the target developments, building a culture of work and making working families the norm. Read more...
The Office of Public and Indian Housing released the Notice of Funding Availability for the (NOFA) for its Fiscal Year 2014 Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program.
The FY2014 NOFA (including the Application Package and Application Instructions) can be found at http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=254220, and are due on May 29, 2014.
Due to changes to the program, all potential applicants are strongly encouraged to view the webcast before submitting an application. The webcast was broadcast on April 28, 2014, and powerpoints and the link to the webcast can be found at /program_offices/administration/grants/fundsavail/nofa14/fssnofa.
If you have any questions, or need additional information, please refer to the Contacts listed in each NOFA.
Upgraded Benchingmarking Tool Available to PHAs
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has upgraded a free online utility benchmarking tool that can help you as a PHA identify what your properties’ energy use is, ultimately allowing you to determine how to reduce your energy and save on utilities. EPA’s tool, the Portfolio Manager, is a free, web-based benchmarking tool that allows users to monitor the water and energy consumption of the buildings in their portfolio. With this tool, interested PHAs can track their weather-normalized utility consumption by month or year, allowing you to compare energy use between buildings, target improvements to reduce your energy consumption and costs, and determine the effectiveness of energy improvements.
PHAs who have used the tool and want to see the upgrades, can visit EPA’s upgrade page.
PHAs who are new to the tool, can get started here: Energy Star Benchmarking Starter Kit.
Transitions, Translations, and Transformations
HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) is releasing PIH in Motion: Highlights FY 2011, a report of PIH’s accomplishments for FY 2011. The report covers three broad categories in the work that PIH does: transitions, translations, and transformations. PIH helps people transition through difficult stages in life by providing safe passages, translates ideas in programs to real-world results, and transforms communities by producing sustainable futures. Please look inside for more details.
Please note that the numbers in the last sentence on page 49 are not applicable and are currently being updated.
Helping PHAs Help People
HUD is announcing the launch of the Public and Indian Housing One-Stop Tool (POST) for PHAs, as part of HUD’s Delivering Together initiative. POST for PHAs is a one-stop website that enables PHAs to quickly access PIH systems, tools, program requirements, and much more. The POST homepage organizes information into eight categories PHAs have indicated make the most sense to them: (1) Public Housing Program; (2) Housing Choice Voucher Program; (3) Grants; (4) Other Programs; (5) Systems; (6) Tools; (7); Laws and Policies; and (8) Directories. Another exciting feature of POST for PHAs is the PIH A-Z Index, an exhaustive alphabetical list of information relevant to PHA programs. Additionally, HUD has several new features under development that will make useful web content even more accessible, including a Calendar of Due Dates for PHAs, an email box for PHAs to suggest improvements to POST, and a list of PIH Forms. Rather than spend considerable time searching for information and resources, PHAs will be able to access all the material they need on POST for PHAs.
NEW Study on Public Housing Capital Needs
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development study on capital needs in public housing found that the nation’s 1.2 million public housing units need an estimated $25.6 billion for large scale repairs to improve basic living conditions for residents. Conducted by independent consultant Abt Associates, Capital Needs in the Public Housing Program updates a 1998 analysis and includes costs to address overdue repairs, accessibility improvements for disabled residents, lead abatement, and water and energy conservation that would make the homes more cost effective and energy efficient. Unlike routine maintenance, capital needs are the large-scale improvements required to make the housing decent and economically sustainable, such as replacing roofs or updating plumbing and electrical systems to increase energy efficiency. Since study completion, public housing owners received a one-time infusion of $4 billion through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act; of that funding, $3 billion was directed toward projects to address the backlog.