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The Office of Public and Indian Housing reissues the solicitation for its Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund Program (CFDA Number: 14.888) (Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6100-N-42A). Public housing authorities use these funds to evaluate and reduce lead-based paint hazards implement comprehensive programs to identify and remediate lead-based paint hazards in public housing.
The program is HUD’s integrated technical assistance and capacity building initiative to help communities navigate complex housing and community development challenges. It equips these communities with the knowledge, skills, tools, capacity and systems to implement HUD programs and policies successfully.
The program helps develop viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities primarily for persons with low- and moderate-incomes.
The program provides public and Indian housing authorities with the opportunity to design and test innovative, locally-designed strategies to help residents find employment and become self-sufficient and increase housing choices for low-income families. MTW gives PHAs exemptions from many existing public housing and voucher rules and more flexibility with how they use their federal funds, including Sec. 8.
The program provides funds for eligible national and regional nonprofits to purchase home sites and develop or improve infrastructure needed to set the stage for sweat equity and volunteer-based home ownership programs for low-income persons and families. SHOP funds are used for eligible expenses to develop decent, safe and sanitary non-luxury housing for low-income persons and families who otherwise would not become homeowners. Homebuyers must be willing to contribute significant amounts of their own sweat equity toward construction of the housing units.
The Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control (HUD) extends the deadline for its $212 million competition for the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program (CFDA Number: 14.900) (Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6200-N-12TC). The agency allots additional time since the FY 2018 competition combines the previous Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control and Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration initiatives.
These funds provide, under cooperative agreements with HUD, training activities to improve and standardize the quality of counseling provided by housing counselors employed by participating agencies. The goal is to maintain a professional and effective housing counseling industry that is able to meaningfully assist consumers by providing them with the information they need to make informed housing choices.
Grantees use these funds to deliver a wide variety of housing counseling services to homebuyers, homeowners, renters and the homeless. A special focus will be on underserved populations, which tend to face bigger housing and economic challenges. These include minorities, the elderly, veterans, persons with disabilities and rural residents.
The program supports identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards in eligible privately-owned rental or owner-occupied housing populations.
These funds go to reduce homelessness by assisting homeless individuals, families and children in moving to self-sufficiency and permanent housing. Collaborations and partnerships are key to winning these grants.