Tenant Education and Outreach

This NOFO announces the availability of approximately $10 million in funds to support tenant capacity building at eligible existing Project Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) properties through the Tenant Education and Outreach (TEO) program, with the goal of preserving decent, safe, and sanitary housing within the PBRA program. Tenant capacity building is the process of developing and strengthening the skills, abilities, processes, and resources that tenants and tenant organizations need to be active partners in the preservation and improvement of their housing communities. The Department believes that tenant participation is an important element to maintain sustainable projects and communities. The intermediary organization selected through this NOFO will provide and oversee administration of sub-awards to local tenant organizations and support them in their property-specific tenant capacity building work.

Section 514(f)(3) of the Multifamily Assisted Housing Reform and Affordability Act of 1997 (MAHRAA) (42 U.S.C. 1437f note) permits annual PBRA appropriations to be made available for tenant capacity building and other related activities. Section 534 of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000, amended section 514(f)(3) to extend technical assistance to below-market rate properties. HUD has approached tenant capacity building, as authorized under MAHRAA, in multiple ways over the last three decades, using a variety of technical assistance and grant programs. This NOFO builds on the successes and lessons learned from previous efforts funded through MAHRAA, including the Outreach and Training Assistance Grant (OTAG) and Intermediary Technical Assistance Grant (ITAG) programs, the Tenant Resources Network (TRN) program, the VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Program (VAHPP), and the RAD Community Engagement Initiative (RAD CEI).

The goal of the TEO program, as with previous efforts funded through MAHRAA, is to build the capacity of tenants to be active partners in the preservation of affordable rental housing for low-income persons. The TEO program builds on the successes of previous program models to empower tenants to advocate for their concerns and engage collaboratively with assisted housing providers. The TEO program will assist tenants in their efforts to work productively with property management, hold management accountable for property conditions, improve management and oversight of these multifamily properties, and advocate for the preservation of affordability.

Funding of approximately $10,000,000 is available through this NOFO. Expected number of award is 1.

Program Office: Office of Multifamily Housing

Funding Opportunity Title: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Tenant Education and Outreach Program

Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6700-N-46

Assistance Listing Number: 14.322

OMB Approval Number: 2502-0626

Opening Date: July 25, 2023

Deadline Date: October 23, 2023

Program NOFO

Agency Contact: Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFO should be directed to: TEO@hud.gov.   Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, or who have speech and other communication disabilities may use a relay service to reach the agency contact. To learn more about how to make an accessible telephone call, visit the webpage for the Federal Communications Commission. Note that HUD staff cannot assist applicants in preparing their applications.