The purpose of this program is to provide an additional $995 million to PHAs for capital and management activities as authorized under section 9 of the 1937 Act in accordance with four funding categories: (1) Improvements Addressing the Needs of the Elderly and/or Persons with Disabilities; (2) Public Housing Transformation; (3) Gap Financing for Projects that are Stalled due to Financing Issues; and (4) Creation of Energy Efficient, Green Communities.
The types of activities will vary dependent on the PHAs specific needs and assessments. Specific activities are those eligible under the Capital Fund, which include physical improvements such as new building systems (heat, water, electrical), structural systems (roofs, exteriors) and other renovation and rehabilitation work that corrects building deficiencies and improves living conditions for public housing families.
The NOFA provides specific details on the competition requirements, which includes priority for investments that leverage private sector funding and financing for renovations and energy conservation retrofit investments. The need to reduce energy consumption along with reducing carbon footprints has necessitated energy saving initiatives, including the use of energy-saving appliances such as those labeled Energy Star to protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. Other activities may include weatherization efforts and the use of fuel efficient heating and air conditioning systems.
Project/Activity: PHAs will provide improvements which address the needs of the elderly and/or persons with disabilities.
Description: These improvements are to include making units fully accessible in accordance with Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS). Improvements to non-dwelling areas must be made accessible and subject to ADA-compliance.
Project/Activity: PHAs will redevelop public housing that is distressed and a blighting influence on the surrounding community.
Description: These grants should address the blighting factors of the public housing through either renovation of the public housing or through demolition and redevelopment of new public housing or a mixture of public housing and non-public housing on the site.
Project/Activity: PHAs will use funds for gap financing for projects that are stalled due to financing issues.
Description: The purpose is to provide funding to positively impact the availability of affordable rental housing by filling the capital investment gap for redevelopment or replacement housing projects which are ready to proceed but are stalled due to the inability to obtain anticipated private capital.
Project/Activity: PHAs will facilitate transformational energy efficiency and “green” retrofits to substantially increase energy efficiency and environmental performance of public housing properties.
Description: The funding is to facilitate transformational energy efficiency and “green” retrofits to substantively increase energy efficiency and environmental performance of public housing properties and thereby reduce energy costs, generate resident and PHA energy savings, and reduce Green House Gas emissions attributable to energy consumption. This will be accomplished by funding competitive proposals received from eligible PHAs that respond to one of the two options available under this category.
Project/Activity: Deliver training, technical assistance, monitoring, enforcement, research and evaluation activities.
Description: HUD will hire staff, build systems and capacity and work with grantees to ensure effective and efficient implementation.