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.