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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) 2020 Capital Fund Processing Information
  • PHAS High Performer List for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2020 Capital Fund Formula Grant Calculations: The Department is making preparations for calculating the Capital Fund Formula for FFY 2020.  As part of the calculation, the Department is using the FFY 2018 PHAS designations to determine which PHAs will receive the High Performer bonus for the 2020 formula calculation.  PHAs are responsible for validating whether they are on the High Performer List that will be the basis for the formula calculation by reviewing the linked High Performer List spreadsheet (MS-Excel).  The spreadsheet lists PHAs that are designated as High Performers. Also included in the spreadsheet are the Housing Authority Code, the Housing Authority Name, the Component Scores, and the Fiscal Year End that corresponds to the High Performer ranking.* A second spreadsheet lists PHAs whose High Performer status is pending and subject to change (MS-Excel). Please check both spreadsheets carefully.  If a PHA believes there is an error in the calculation of their PHAS score for FFY 2018, it must send an e-mail explaining the error to the Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) at PHAS@hud.gov no later than 12/2/2019. Without exception, if the PHA does not contact the REAC by 12/2/2019, the Office of Capital Improvements will use the High Performers in the published list in the FFY 2020 Capital Fund Formula.
  • *FFY 2018 corresponds to the following fiscal year end quarters: 12/31/2017, 3/31/2018, 6/30/2018 and 9/30/2018.
  • (NEW) 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 “Faircloth Limit.” 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 -12/31/2019 (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 “Faircloth Limit Correction for…” and the PHA code in the subject line.  
  • Capital Fund Certification Schedule for 2020:  In preparation for the calculation of FY 2020 Capital Fund grant awards, the annual PIC Certification process will run from July 15 through August 30, 2019. The “reporting date” for this round of certifications is June 30, 2019.
    During the certification period, PHA Executive Directors certify to the accuracy of the PHA’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).
    Reporting Date:            6/30/2019
    Certification Open:       7/15/2019
    Certification Deadline:  8/30/2019
  • 2019 Capital Fund Processing Information
  •  Lead-based Capital Fund NOFA, Update and Reissue - Frequently Asked Questions
  • Public and Indian Housing Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund Program (LBPCF) NOFA Update and Reissue:  The current LBPCF NOFA has been updated to reflect a new application deadline of March 14, 2019  and removes language regarding the use of the Financial Assessment Sub-System (FASS) for past performance assessment from Rating Factor 3.
  •  Tenant Data and Property Age Data for the Lead-based Paint Capital Fund NOFA, Round II (data as of 1/30/2019)
    Implementation Notice: PIH Notice 2016-21 modifies the submission process for Capital Fund Program (CFP) 5-Year Action Plans (5YAPs) and Budgets (formerly referred to as Annual Statements). Public housing agencies (PHAs) with fiscal year ends (FYEs) on or after March 31, 2017, are required to submit their CFP 5-Year Action Plans and Budgets within HUD’s Energy Performance and Information Center (EPIC) system; the electronic CFP submission process will replace the current paper submission process. This notice provides guidance related to the transition timeline, benefits of automation, submission process and requirements, and oversight and monitoring.
    EPIC Activity Planning Module User Manual: The EPIC Activity Planning User Manual provides step by step instructions (with screen shots) on how to complete a 5-Year Action Plan in EPIC.
  • Notice PIH 2016- 22 HA - Environmental Review Requirements for Public Housing Agencies This notice provides information and guidance regarding Public Housing Agencies’ (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.
  • Reporting Requirement to Collect Energy Efficiency Measures
  • 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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HUDPIH-516391410-20, Last Updated 2/13/2020

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