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14.247 Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program

FEDERAL AGENCY:

COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

AUTHORIZATION:

Housing Opportunity Extension Act of 1996, Section 11, as amended.
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To facilitate and encourage innovative homeownership opportunities through the provision of self-help housing where the homebuyer contributes a significant amount of sweat equity toward the construction of the dwellings.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Eligible expenses for program funds are land acquisition and infrastructure improvements, which taken together may not exceed an average of $10,000 in assistance per dwelling. Additionally, up to 20 percent of the grant amount may be used for administrative costs.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Funds are awarded competitively to national or regional nonprofit organizations or consortia that have experience in providing self-help housing homeownership opportunities.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Eligible homebuyers are low-income families who are otherwise unable to afford to purchase a dwelling, and who provide significant amounts of sweat equity or volunteer labor to the development of the dwellings.

Credentials/Documentation:   This program is subject to the provisions of 24 CFR part 84 for nonprofit organizations.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   Applications may be submitted in response to the annual publication of the SuperNOFA in the Federal Register. The General Section and SHOP NOFA detail the submission requirements. There is no application kit.

Award Procedure:   Based upon the requirements published in the Federal Register SuperNOFA, respondents are notified of acceptance or rejection.

Deadlines:   As indicated in the Federal Register SuperNOFA publication.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   From 60 to 90 days.

Appeals:   None.

Renewals:   Not applicable.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   Leveraging of other public and/or private resources and homebuyer sweat equity and volunteer labor are required to complete housing construction.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   Assistance is released on an as-needed basis over a 24-month period. For affiliates that develop 5 or more dwellings units, up to a 36-month period.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Quarterly, annual progress and final close-out reports.

Audits:   The audit requirements in 24 CFR part 45 (implementing OMB Circular No. A-133) apply. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal Awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for the year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records:   All records applicable to the program must be kept for three years following close-out.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   86-0162-0-1-451.

Obligations:   (Grants) FY 01 $19,956,000; FY 02 est $22,000,000; and FY 03 est $65,000,000. (NOTE: Amounts reported reflect allocation of new budget authority rather than obligation amounts.)

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
Four grants were awarded with FY 2014 & 2015 funds. They ranged from $562,500 to $6,211,368. The average grant was $1,693,342.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
1,655 units were completed in fiscal year 2001 and 3,407 are under development. 1,800 units are expected to be completed in fiscal year 2002.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

The statute and SHOP NOFA constitute the regulations.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   None.

Headquarters Office:   Martha Murray 451 7Th Street SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: martha.w.murray@hud.gov Phone: 202-708-2684 Fax: 202-708-1744

Web Site Address:  
http://www.hud.gov

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Not applicable.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Applications are reviewed according to the rating factor requirements set forth in the SuperNOFA.

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