HUD's FY 2018 and FY 2019 Distressed Cities TA Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

Through this NOFA, HUD is announcing the availability of two awards: up to $3 million in FY 2018 funding and up to $3 million in FY 2019 funding, both of which will be awarded to one awardee (that may be comprised of a single entity or consortium) to provide technical assistance (TA) to distressed cities or regions, with no less than half of the total funds targeted to cities with populations under 40,000 that were impacted by a natural disaster. The technical assistance will target challenges to the achievement of statutory and regulatory objectives of Departmental funding in distressed communities (see Program Definitions under Section I.A.4 and Eligibility under Section III of this NOFA for clarification of terms).

The objectives of this NOFA are to:

  • Provide communities facing long-term economic challenges with accessible and comprehensive technical assistance that will help them adopt effective, efficient, and sustainable financial management practices (including but not limited to the management of disaster recovery and resilience funds)
  • Build capacity for financial management, economic revitalization, affordable housing, and disaster recovery and resilience in distressed communities by building partnerships between public agencies, community members, non-profits, and private organizations
  • Improve communities’ working knowledge of federal development programs, including indirect subsidy sources such as Opportunity Zones and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program
  • Develop a set of best practices and recommendations regarding financial management and disaster recovery and resilience that can be shared with other communities facing similar challenges

The technical assistance provided by the successful applicant will be community-specific rather than program-specific and will be scaled to ensure a measurable impact on the community’s growth and resilience, as well as the efficient use of public funds. To that end, we are seeking an awardee that will take a place-based, holistic approach to technical assistance.

The experience and expertise needed includes a variety of topics: public administration, financial management, land use development, business attraction and retention, workforce development, fair housing, community engagement, data collection and analysis, disaster recovery and resilience, etc. You are encouraged to propose the procurement of contract and consultant services as necessary to demonstrate experience across these topic areas.

Important Note: While it is listed under the same CFDA number, this NOFA is not part of the comprehensive “Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program Notice of Funding Availability.” Applicants should thoroughly review this NOFA to ensure that they have the necessary skills to provide the technical assistance described in this NOFA.

a. Competition Structure

Since the NOFA will award all funding to a single applicant, your application must request the full $6 million in funding from both years, and you must submit a single SF424 that includes $6 million in box 18.a; see requirements in NOFA section IV.B.1.a

We reserve the right to issue a supplemental or independent NOFA if necessary.

b. TA Focus Areas

We expect TA efforts under this NOFA to focus on financial managementtargeted private sector investment, and disaster recovery and resilience in distressed areas. Because we will take a holistic view of providing technical assistance to distressed cities, we are looking for applicants with demonstrable experience across all three topics. As new HUD priorities and customer needs emerge, TA assignments may address additional programmatic or policy areas.

Funding of up to $6,000,000 is available through this NOFA. 

Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6200-N-54
Opportunity Title: Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019 Distressed Cities TA Notice
Competition ID: FR-6200-N-54
CFDA No: 14.259
OMB Approval Numbers: 2506-0197
Opening Date: April 11, 2019
Deadline Date: May 29, 2019

Contact information:  Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFA should be directed to distressedcities@hud.gov.  Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.