Change Sought In Proposed HOME Rule
The Council of State
Community Development Agencies wants HUD to change its proposed HOME Investment
Partnership Program plan to require Community Housing Development Organizations
to have paid employee staff with experience rather than using consultants.
HUD proposed this
and other reforms to HOME in December. The agency is concerned that CHDOs have
relied too much on consultants for development experience, while not improving
their own internal capacity to function as developers.
COSCDA officials, in
comments submitted to HUD, say the proposed requirement would leave CHDOs
unable to meet the demonstrated capacity requirements. The provision, COSCDA
says, would end participation of many CHDOs in the HOME program. COSCDA wants
HUD to instead allow CHDOs to remain in the program if they can demonstrate
they have plans to develop staff capacity, or have financial reasons for not
carrying paid development staff.
COSCDA contends that
allowing CHDOs to use consultants provides them with flexibility and especially
helps CHDOs located in rural communities.
issue in COSCDA's comments centers on HUD's proposal to convert to rental
projects any homebuyer units not sold six months after being rehabilitated or
built. COSCDA officials tell us that they want the conversion deadline to be 12 months
with provisions for extension requests.--Thomas Harman
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