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Office of Capital Improvements

The PIH Office of Capital Improvements administers the Capital Fund. The Capital Fund provides funds, annually, to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) for the development, financing, and modernization of public housing developments and for management improvements. The funds may not be used for luxury improvements, direct social services, cost funded by other HUD programs, and ineligible activities as determined by HUD on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about us...


  • (NEW) FY 2020 Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund NOFA FAQs (October 20, 2020)
  • (NEW) FY 2020 Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund NOFA : The FY 2020 Capital Fund Leade-Based Paint Hazards NOFA makes $30 million in competitive grants available to identify and eliminate lead-based paint hazards in public housing;  Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) can use the funding to perform lead-based paint evaluations and control lead-based paint and hazards in and around public housing units. To be most competitive, PHAs should propose to perform work in older developments occupied by children under age 6, as identified in the Inventory Management/Public Housing Information Center (IMS/PIC) system. HUD will award grants to approximately 30 PHAs, up to $5 million. Applications are due November 2nd, 2020.  
  •  (NEW) Tenant Data and Property Age Data for the FY 2020 Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund NOFA (data as of 9/1/2020)
  • Capital Fund Certification Schedule for 2021:  In preparation for the calculation of FY 2021 Capital Fund grant awards, the annual PIC Certification process will run from July 6 through August 14, 2020. The ā€œreporting dateā€ for this round of certifications is June 30, 2020.

During the certification period, PHA Executive Directors certify to the accuracy of the PHAā€™s inventory information in the PIC system as of the reporting date of June 30th. This process is critical to ensuring the accurate calculation of grant awards.

For further information, please refer to the UPDATED Step-by-Step User Guide (PDF). If you encounter issues in IMS/PIC, including issues submitting building and unit data for approval, please consult the information on known system issues and workarounds available here: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/systems/pic


Reporting Date:            6/30/2020

Certification Open:       7/6/2020

Certification Deadline:  8/14/2020

  • 2020 Capital Fund Processing Information
  • Quarterly Update "Faircloth Limit" Unit Counts - Section 9(g)(3) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 ("Faircloth Amendment") limits the construction of new public housing units. The Faircloth Amendment states that the Department cannot fund the construction or operation of new public housing units with Capital or Operating Funds if the construction of those units would result in a net increase in the number of units the PHA owned, assisted or operated as of October 1, 1999. This requirement is referred to as the ā€œFaircloth Limit.ā€ The Faircloth Limit is adjusted for PHA transfers of ACC units, consolidations, and RAD removals. PHAs will not be funded for those units that exceed the Faircloth limit, and PHAs are responsible for reviewing the Faircloth limits and notifying HUD if they believe their posted Faircloth Limit is in error.  PHAs should review the NATIONAL LIST OF MAXIMUM NUMBER OF UNITS ELIGIBLE FOR CAPITAL FUNDING AND OPERATING SUBSIDY BY PHA -6/30/2020 (PDF) and notify HUD  if they believe their posted Faircloth Limit is in error. To notify HUD of a possible error in the posted Faircloth Limit, PHAs should send an email to PIHOCI@hud.gov with ā€œFaircloth Limit Correction forā€¦ā€ and the PHA code in the subject line.  
  • Notice PIH 2016- 22 HA - Environmental Review Requirements for Public Housing Agencies This notice provides information and guidance regarding Public Housing Agenciesā€™ (PHAs) compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321) and other related laws and authorities. This notice clarifies the applicability of environmental reviews under 24 CFR parts 50 and 58 to all PHA activities at project site(s) assisted or to be assisted by HUD and to the use of all HUD funds, including operating funds. This notice also reiterates the prohibition on the obligation or expenditure of any funding without environmental clearance, and presents submission and processing requirements using a five-year submission period as long as there are no changes to the project scope or environmental conditions. Finally, this notice includes a Part 50 programmatic determination for administrative, management, and certain maintenance activities and for Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) activities.
  • Capital Fund Guidebook: The Capital Fund Guidebook details the requirements contained under the Public Housing Capital Fund Program Final Rule, including but not limited to: Eligible and Ineligible Activities and Cost Limits; Decoupling of the Capital Fund from the PHA Plan Submission; Replacement Housing Factor Grants (RHF) and Demolition and Disposition Transitional Funding (DDTF); Changes in Obligation and Expenditure End Dates and Close-out Requirements; Emergency, [Non-Presidentially Declared] Natural Disaster, and Safety and Security Grant Program Requirements; Streamlined Mixed-Finance, and other Public Housing Modernization and Development Requirements; Changes to Demonstration Programs such as RAD and MTW; and Capital Fund Rule Impact on Security Interests and Financing Activities.
  • Public Housing Capital Fund Program Final Rule Publication
    The Public Housing Capital Fund Program Final Rule was published in the Federal Register October 24, 2013 (Docket No. 5236-F-02) and will be effective on November 25, 2013.  This new regulation combines the Capital Fund requirements for modernization and development into a single regulation.  It also updates and streamlines many of the Capital Fund and development requirements, incorporates recent energy requirements, and directs more funding towards modernization.  This rule along with a new Capital Fund guidebook, which is under development and expected to be available in the Spring, will ensure that the Capital Fund Program is more efficiently and uniformly implemented by PHAs and managed more effectively by the HUD Field Offices.
    A copy of the published rule can be found here.
  • Capital Fund Program Awards Notice PIH 2011-24 (HA): This notice, issued on May 10, 2011,provides public housing agencies (PHAs) and HUD Field Office staff with an overview of the Capital Fund Program awards process including the Capital Fund Program formula grant and, where applicable, the Replacement Housing Factor (RHF) grants.  It provides a description of the process for retrieving and submitting the Capital Fund Annual Contributions Contract(ACC) Amendments as well as other program requirements and procedures related to grant award.
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