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Alternative Methods For Calculating Fair Market Rents (FMRs) in Rental Markets With Rapidly Rising Rents

Through this NOFA, HUD is announcing the availability of $500,000 for a study of alternative methods for calculating Fair Market Rents (FMRs) in rental markets with rapidly rising rents. HUD is soliciting proposals for research that will accomplish the following:

  1. Define ā€œrental markets with rapidly rising rentsā€

  2. Identify alternative calculations to generate FMRs that more closely track market conditions in rapidly rising rental markets than current methods. This may include, but is not limited to, alternative sources of gross rent data and/or alternative calculation methodologies using existing data.

The primary objective of this project is to identify better methods for calculating FMRs for markets in disequilibrium where rents are rising rapidly and FMRs calculated using current methods coupled with current payment standard authority are insufficient to enable Housing Choice Voucher families to find and lease suitable units within the search time allowed.  In addition to the primary objective, this research should consider whether the alternative calculation methods should be applied to the calculation of Fair Market Rents in all types of housing markets.

Preference Points: Preference points for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) are available under this Notice. 

Program Office: Policy Development and Research

Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6400-N-60

Opportunity Title: Alternative Methods For Calculating Fair Market Rents (FMRs) in Rental Markets With Rapidly Rising Rents  

CFDA No:  14.536 

OMB Approval No: 2528-0299

Publication Date: June 2, 2020

Application Due Date: August 4, 2020

Program NOFA

Agency Contact:  Kinnard.D.Wright@hud.gov. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Please note that HUD staff cannot assist applicants in preparing their applications