HUD Choice Neighborhoods Planning and Implementation Grants
The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issues both planning and implementation grants through the Choice Neighborhoods program. Planning grants can be used to develop comprehensive neighborhood transformation plans to identify strategies for revitalizing housing, coordinating and delivering support services, providing educational opportunities, and improving neighborhood assets. Implementation grants support those communities that have undergone a comprehensive local planning process and are ready to implement their Transformation Plan to redevelop the neighborhood.
Purpose: The Choice Neighborhoods program supports locally driven strategies to address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. The planning and implementation grants present an opportunity to revitalize communities while integrating sustainable development and resiliency planning for climate impacts. The program focuses on three goals: replacing and improving distressed housing to provide high-quality mixed-income housing; improving educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility through youth services; and creating the conditions for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to provide amenities that improve safety, schools, and economic development.
Eligible Uses and Potential Uses for Adaptation: Through the Choice Neighborhoods program communities can receive either planning or implementation grants. Planning grants can be used to help the community develop a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plan addressing housing, people, and neighborhoods (known as a “Transformation Plan”). Implementation grants help communities that have gone through their planning process to implement projects in their Transformation Plan. Funds can be used to provide supportive services (15%) or for capital costs for physical improvements and facilities.
Eligible applicants: Public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofits, tribal entities and for-profit developers are all eligible to receive funding under the Choice Neighborhoods program.
Process and Requirements: Grants are awarded on a competitive (non-formula) basis and require five percent local match. Communities must develop a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy, known as a “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. Choice Neighborhood planning grants may be used to support development of the Transformation Plan, and Implementation Grants can then be used to fund projects specified in the plan.
ADAPTATION CASE STUDY: The Housing Authority of the City of Norwalk, Connecticut was a Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant recipient of $30 million in 2013 to implement storm-resilient infrastructure. According to the project summary: “South Norwalk is ready for significant change precipitated by persistent flooding from the Norwalk River and exacerbated by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The storm caused severe flooding at the Washington Village public housing development and the temporary displacement of its residents. With portions of the neighborhood within the 100-year flood plain, Sandy’s damage was a wake-up call for immediate action that includes new storm-resilient infrastructure and housing. This fact, coupled with growing demand for private development along the river, has rallied the entire Norwalk community around revitalizing this key neighborhood.”
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) provides up to date information on recent appropriations to this program from Congress, the average size of grants, and matching requirements. A summary is included here, but check the CFDA for more up to date information:
- Recent Obligations: For planning grants: FY 15 $3,242,500; FY 16 est $10,000,000; and FY 17 est $5,000,000; for implementation grants: FY 15 $144,810,000; FY 16 est $128,000,000; and FY 17 est $195,000,000 - FY 2013 actual obligations are the result of grants awarded using FY 2012 funds.
- Previous Grants: For planning grant, 7 grants were issued in FY2016; 7-9 were issued for FY2016; and HUD plans to award 5-10 planning grants in FY2017. For implementation grants, HUD award 5 grants with a maximum amount of $30 million in FY2015, and expects to issue 4 grants of same size in FY2016 and 5-7 grants in FY2017.
- Matching Requirement: 5 percent of the grant amount must come from state, local or private sources.
Authorization: This program was authorized by the FY 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010, Public Law 111-117, which authorized $65 million from HOPE VI funding to go to the Choice Neighborhoods program.
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Publication Date: November 6, 2014
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