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Choice Neighborhoods Receives Record Funding Amount for FY22

President Biden signed the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) budget on March 15, 2022. For FY22, the Choice Neighborhoods program was appropriated $350 million. This is the highest funding amount provided to the program since its first appropriation in FY10, and a $150 million increase over the FY21 budget.

With this appropriation, HUD will issue FY22 Choice Neighborhoods Planning and Implementation Grant Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs). The Planning Grants NOFO will be issued this spring to provide funding to create a comprehensive neighborhood Transformation Plan. Of note, the FY22 budget authorizes up to $10 million for Planning Grants – double the amount available in prior years. The Implementation Grants NOFO, which provides grants to fund activities within a comprehensive Transformation Plan, will be published later this year. The current award amount for an Implementation Grant is up to $50 million, with up to 15 percent available for resident supportive services. The FY22 budget increases the amount available for supportive services to up to 20 percent of the total grant award.

This historic investment will enable housing authorities, cities, and partners to revitalize distressed neighborhoods, develop new mixed-income housing, and provide tailored supports to those living in HUD-assisted housing. For more information, visit www.hud.gov/cn. Future NOFOs will be posted on the Choice Neighborhoods website, with the full application package available on www.grants.gov upon publication.

Planning Grants NOFO

Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants support the development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans which focus on directing resources to address three core goals: Housing, People and Neighborhood. To achieve these core goals, communities must develop and implement a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy, or Transformation Plan. The Transformation Plan will become the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and positive outcomes for families. The Planning Grants NOFO was posted to www.Grants.gov on May 10, 2022 and announced up to $10 million for Planning Grant awards. The maximum grant award is $500,000.  Applications were due July 28, 2022.

*​NOTE: The full application package must be downloaded through www.Grants.gov. The CFDA number is 14.892.

Implementation Grants NOFO

Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants support those communities that have undergone a comprehensive local planning process and are ready to implement their plan to redevelop the distressed public and/or assisted housing and neighborhood. HUD posted the FY 2022 NOFO on September 30, 2022. The NOFO announced approximately $379 million available for awards of up to $50 million each. Of this amount, HUD will allocate approximately $100 million for Supplemental Grants to FY16-FY20 CN Implementation Grantees. The Lead Applicant must be a Public Housing Agency (PHA), a local government, or a tribal entity. If there is also a Co-Applicant, it must be a PHA, a local government, a tribal entity, or the owner of the target HUD-assisted housing (e.g. a nonprofit or for-profit developer). The local government of jurisdiction, or tribe for applications that target Indian Housing, must be the Lead Applicant or Co-Applicant. Applications must present a plan to revitalize a severely distressed public and/or HUD-assisted multifamily housing project located in a distressed neighborhood into a viable, mixed-income community. Applications for a new Implementation Grant are due on January 11, 2023.

HUD posted a technical correction on January 5, 2023, that expands the pool of eligible applicants for the Supplemental Grants. With this revision, the due date for Supplemental Grant applications has been extended to February 6, 2023. Please note that both applications must be submitted through the same funding announcement on the grants.gov website. Any application received after January 11 that is not applying for the Supplemental Grant funding is automatically ineligible.

Mapping Tool

HUD established a mapping tool for the purposes of establishing neighborhood eligibility and to assign points for certain rating factors. This mapping tool will overlay the locally defined neighborhood boundaries with data associated with that area and estimate the rates of certain indicators in that neighborhood using a proportional allocation methodology.

Click here for the mapping tool.